Dashboard Confessional's New Album Has a 'Loose Narrative Thread,' Says Chris Carrabba

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Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional performs at FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island on June 26, 2015 in Chicago.

After ending Dashboard Confessional's hiatus with a series of live dates last year, Chris Carrabba is ready to bring the band into the recording realm once again.

Carrabba has between 30-40 songs ready for Dashboard's first new release since After The Ending in 2009. "There's a lot of songs," he tells Billboard. "After we did our co-headlining tour last year with Third Eye Blind, we came home and felt so inspired from having been out in front of people for the first time in a long time that I began actively writing and recording, thinking to myself, 'If I get lucky this will be an album, and if not this will be really fun.' It IS an album now." That said, Dashboard is currently without a label deal, which Carrabba -- who's also in the midst of making a new album with his other band, Twin Forks -- regards as a plus.

"I don't have any plans on deadlines or labels or anything like that," he notes. "I'm still in a carefree place with all that right now, just enjoying writing and recording these songs. I don't want to do [a deal] until I'm done having fun making this record, because as many good things that come from having the support of a record label, one thing that does come with any job is deadlines. It's kind of nice not to have any deadlines right now."

At the moment, Carrabba isn't talking too specifically about what the new Dashboard material sounds like. "I'm afraid to say and then start feeling like I need to fulfill expectations based on what I've said," he explains. "But I'm pleased that there's an evident, cohesive nature to this album. It's not a rock opera or anything like that, but it's not just a thrown-together batch of songs. There's some loose narrative thread that's kind of floating through them and holding it together. I know a lot of people say 'Oh, this is the best thing I've ever done' all the time, just 'cause it's the next thing they've done. But I think this IS the best thing I've ever done."

While the album is in motion, Carrabba and company are joining Taking Back Sunday on this year's Taste of Chaos Tour, which kicks off June 3. Following the strong reception for last summer's return after a nearly five-year hiatus, the Dashboard gang is excited to be back in active duty once again. "We consciously decided to take time away," Carrabba says. "We felt burned out. I felt like we were probably a tour away from phoning it in, and I realized for a band like us that's a bell you can't un-ring. I thin it would surely have damaged our relationship with the fans. So instead of saying, 'Well, we burned out, but it's a job,' we said, 'We're burned out and we have to stop.' But I'm no dummy. I realized if you walk away the likelihood of you being forgotten is pretty high. People move very quickly to the next the band. I did expect that I could come back and have some kind of career, but I continue to be shocked at the level, the numbers of people that come to our shows and care just as much as, or more than, before. I just thought it would be a new kind of career where I went out and did small clubs and felt great doing it, and to my great surprise and elation, when we did come back the tickets just kind of sold like wildfire. So I'm thrilled -- but I would have been foolish to expect that."


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