Dashboard Confessional : Swiss Army Romance 10th Anniv Tour
with Cory Branan & John Lefler
Thursday, Mar 31, 2011 7:30 PM CDT
(6:30 PM Doors)
The Cannery Ballroom, Nashville, TN
18 years and over
A room full of music and people isn't so strange. The trick is filling the spaces in between. When truth finds a melody, strangers disappear, and suddenly everyone belongs. And Chris Carrabba knows how to fill a room better than anyone.
"There's this magical thing when you find that people are connected through your songs," he says. "It's a stroke of luck, really. And I feel lucky that it happens with our music."
He can call it luck, but for close to a decade now, Dashboard Confessional has cultivated the kind of connection with fans that most songwriters spend a lifetime pursuing. Since the release of Swiss Army Romance in 2000, Carrabba's fearless honesty has inspired fierce loyalty from anyone seeking truth in music. You cannot fake the truth. You can't even hide from it. So the best songwriters dive deeply into it, coming out the other side armed with sing-a-long anthems.
"Music is all things to me," Carrabba says. "It's a respite from real life, but it's also a place contemplate and begin to understand what you're going through. Music can clarify how things are affecting you."
Carrabba's sixth full-length album as the mind behind Dashboard Confessional, Alter the Ending is a collection of songs that speak to the desire in all of us to bend the shape of our lives, to twist fate, to change the end before we arrive at it. For Carrabba, this new album is the hard-won remedy for the rough spells that can plague any life, his being no exception.
"In the course of making this record, things kind of fell apart," he says. "My sister was in a terrible accident and was in a coma, one of my relatives had a heart attack, and another was in sudden need of a liver transplant. I spent quite a number of hours away from the studio at various hospitals. There was a lot of disarray going on. My whole life was on fire as I made this record. Life felt like it was burning through me."