With Dashboard Confessional, Further Seems Forever and a solo career in motion, it hardly seems like Chris Carrabba needed yet another band. But he has not complaints about being part of Twin Forks, which released a self-titled debut in mid-September and has an album planned for 2014,
Carrabba says the rootsy quartet offers "a create break from Dashboard," whose last album came out in 2009. "I stared writing my own kind of more traditional singer-songwriter songs that had a lot of fingerpicking and melodic vocals along the lines of Joshua Radin, Paul Simon, those kinds of things," Carrabba, 38, recalls. He wound up recording the covers album "Covered in the Flood" and playing at the 2012 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival in San Francisco -- the latter of which was "a turning point" for Carrabba.
"We played some of the songs I'd been working on, the ones that would become the sort of template for what TWin Forks would become," he says. "The way the audience reacted, I just felt, 'This is right.' So from there we came home and I seemed to be writing a song every day. It just turned (on) a switch for me."
With only five songs on the "Twin Forks" EP, the group will be performing Dashboard Confessional and Further Seems Forever material in addition to its own on its current tour. Carrabba does intend to return to those bands at some point, but right now he says Twin Fords is his priority.
"I love Dashboard. I love Further. I love my bandmates in those bands, and I don't have any plans to not do those bands with those guys," Carrabba says. "(Twin Forks) is where my heart is and where my creative reward is coming from right now. And I feel really, really lucky that I've got the opportunity to be in another band that I care about this much."
Twin Forks and Matrimony perform Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Shelter, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Doors open at 10 p.m. Tickets are $12.50. Call 313-961-6358 or visit www.saintandrewsdetroit.com.
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