Chris Carrabba is in the midst of an indemnity crisis.
The Dashboard Confessional founder is working on music for three different projects at the moment -- a follow-up to the band's 2009 album "Alter the Ending," a new album by his previous group, Further Seems Forever and song that feel like they may be the beginnings of solo project.
"I've just been writing in all kinds of different directions," says Carrabba, 36, who founded Dashboard as a solo side project to Further Seems Forever and grew it into a band in its own right. "It's always difficult to straddle if you do more than one thing.
"I remember really early on I was sort of shamelessly in six or 10 bands all at once. And then once I got into Dashboard I kind of forgot how rewarding it was to work wtih different groups of people on different styles of music, playing different instruments in different bands and what that brings you, as a writer, later on. So, yeah, I guess I've been bouncing around between so many things."
Carrabba expects the Further Seems Forever album -- the group's first since 2004 -- will be the first thing out, some time in 2012. Meanwhile he's hoping that his current solo tour will give him a bit of clarity about what he wants to do with the rest of the material.
"I know how important it is to play the songs you write in front of people to move them forward," Carrabba explains. "I want to take that energy back into my writing space with me and discover which of these songs are really songs.
"And also, to be frank, it sucks to not play shows. When you're writing and producing other people, you're not playing a show, and that's really what I love doing more than anything else. So it was time to put some shows on my calendar."
Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional and Jarro Gorbel perform Friday, Nov. 18, at the Crofoot Ballroom, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance, $28 day of show. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.
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