In 2018, nostalgia is big business. With the return of bands from our early music-listening days, it is hard to not get caught up in the hype. No truer a statement could be made about Dashboard Confessional.
The soundtrack to our summers, the background music in our favourite TV shows, or even listening on our headphones in our rooms alone, Dashboard Confessional was a band that shaped our emotional depth in the 2000s. With the return of the band to Canada and a new album, Crooked Shadows, to boot, Dashboard Confessional is coming back in 2018 in a BIG way. In the celebration of the new album, Dashboard Confessional played two sold-out shows at The Danforth Music Hall, along with their new friends, The Elwins and Gabrielle Shonk.
Toronto-natives, The Elwins, played in the #2 slot, after Gabrielle Shonk, and they made the best of their first appearance at The Danforth Music Hall. Fresh off the release of their latest album, Beauty Community, in 2017, The Elwins are making money-moves off the first single, “Hey! Ya, You”. The crowd was amped up to see the hometown boys play ahead of another one of their favourite bands, and we look forward to a time when The Elwins can sell-out a Danforth show of their own!
Dashboard Confessional’s Chris Carrabba has been tugging at heartstrings for almost 20 years now, and their weekend performances were no different. Coming out to “The Best Deceptions”, Carrabba reeled in the crowd from the first strum. While they are celebrating the release of their new album, Carrabba made sure to pay tribute to those longtime fans with some diehard tracks, like “Screaming Infidelities”, “Stolen” and “Again I Go Unnoticed”, to name a few. Of course, the decibel levels reached their highest moments during perennial-favourites, “Hands Down” and “Vindicated”, but fans gave just as loud a cheer for new tunes off of Crooked Shadows like “We Fight” and “Heart Beat There”. Safe to say that the love of Dashboard Confessional is still in the hearts of fans, old and new!