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Dashboard Confessional Biography

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Birth Place: Boca Raton, Florida, United States
Years Active: 1999–present
Genres: Indie Rock Emo, Acoustic

Dashboard Confessional is an American emo band from Boca Raton, Florida, led by singer-songwriter Chris Carrabba. The name of the band is derived from the song "The Sharp Hint of New Tears" from their debut album “The Swiss Army Romance.” Initially a solo side project of Chris Carrabba while a member of Further Seems Forever, Dashboard Confessional's first recording was the 2000 LP “The Swiss Army Romance.”

The following year, Further Seems Forever, with Carrabba, recorded and released its debut album, “The Moon Is Down.” Carrabba soon thereafter left the band to record and release his second solo album, “The Places You Have Come to Fear the Most,” and a follow-up EP, “So Impossible,” and both were released under the name Dashboard Confessional. “The Places You Have Come to Fear the Most” has been certified Gold by RIAA, meaning it sold over 500,000 copies in the United States. It went to #1 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers Chart, #5 on the Top Independent Albums chart and #108 on the Billboard 200 chart.

By 2002, three other musicians had joined the band, including former Further Seems Forever band mate Jerry Castellanos, and started the process of recording the band's next album. After the success of his second album, Carrabba was asked to perform on “MTV Unplugged,” and the subsequent live release marked the first time many of the songs were recorded with a full band.

In 2003, the band released its third album, “A Mark, a Mission, a Brand, a Scar.” Peaking at #2 on the United States Billboard charts, the album proved to be the band's most commercially-viable album yet.

In May 2005, Dashboard Confessional entered the studio to record their fourth album with acclaimed producer Daniel Lanois. The album was released on June 27, 2006 and its first single was "Don't Wait". “Dusk and Summer,” debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 with a best sales week for them of 134,000 copies sold.

In 2007, the band released its follow-up to “Dusk and Summer” with “The Shade of Poison Trees.” Following its release, The Shade of Poison Trees debuted at #18 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, selling about 48,000 copies in its first week. "Thick as Thieves" was released as the first single off the album in August 2007.

“Alter the Ending” was released through Interscope Records on November 10, 2009. The album debuted at number 19 on the Billboard 200, number six on the Billboard Rock Albums chart and number five on the Alternative Albums chart.