I broke up with Chris Carrabba last night while he smiled and led singalongs

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We've had some good times, Chris Carrabba. It wasn't pretty, but I fell pretty hard for Dashboard Confessional. But that was a long time ago. This is where I say I've had enough, Chris. It's over. I hoped it wouldn't be. But after that show last night at the Bluebird, I know we have to go our separate ways. A breakup with you should be dramatic, full of screaming infidelities and sobbing dramatics. But that's not what this is. This is an adult breakup, where we see each other and mutually decide we have nothing in common anymore.

You used to be about the drama. I miss the drama.

Your new band, Twin Forks, isn't completely terrible. I wish it were; maybe that would make this easier. Instead it's just bland -- the Lumineers and Mumford & Sons trend has obviously made an impression on you. Your set is full of spirited clapping and group singalong choruses that feel stale and put-on. But the crowd seems to enjoy it.

There are a few graduated scene girls whose black hair and eye makeup feel out of place amongst the crowd of drunk moms and backwards-hat bros mostly there to see the headliner, Augustana. I'm watching your show Chris, and there's not a word that I comprehend. But wait, were some of those lyrics you sang "candy apple ass on the hood of my car"? I'm pretty sure they were. But I'm always assuming the worst. Is that a mini tambourine on your leather boot?


Ugh.

I guess I shouldn't be surprised. You were always a bro dressed in sensitive boy clothes. Even at age fourteen I was too embarrassed to admit my Dashboard Confessional love. You had a song in Spider-Man 2 for god's sake. You were Bright Eyes for the mainstream aggro dudes and cheerleaders who alienated me. But still, I cherished The Swiss Army Romance. I abandoned it for punk for a while, but an especially potent heartbreak at age 24 brought me back to you. I fell in love again with that album, Chris. With Dashboard and Further Seems Forever. With you. Your diary-entry lyrics and emotive wail shot straight to my heart.

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groovynatalie
groovynatalie

It was so strange reading this because it is exactly every thought that I have in regards to this entire thing. Dashboard has been a constant in my life for the last ten years. While the frequency in which I listen to them ebbs and flows, they are always there on my iPod, waiting for me to come back but since Chris has started this Twin Forks thing, I've felt betrayed and abandoned. He has spoken down on his Dashboard years in interviews and that is heartbreaking. It is hard to let go, but the time has come.


You have so perfectly put all my thoughts on Dashboard and Chris into words. He is a changed man and I am not on board for this change. 

beautifulstruggle
beautifulstruggle

Spot on....I loved Dashboard...this is not the Chris Carrabba I fell in love with.

ajp_gr
ajp_gr

Holy shit this is spot on.  Dashboard come on shuffle recently, and I remember being such a huge fan, how I loved the merch, remembering when I met him in the Hamptons and he came and said hi with those awesome sleeves.  So I looked you up again to find this new band, this new pep, and new genre.  Nah, I don't need that  I will stick with Moon Is Down and your unplugged DVD.  Those were the good old days. 

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