Dashboard Confessional is reunited, and, according to founder and frontman Chris Carrabba, it really is feeling so good.
The group, which Carrabba founded as a solo project in 1999, has been on hiatus since 2010, after touring to support 2009's "Alter the Ending" album. Carraba spent much of that time starting another band, Twin Forks, but he never considered Dashboard to be over.
"I'm hyper aware of the fact we've been gone so long," Carrabba, 40, says by phone North Carolina. "But we needed to do it. I guess it's terrible career advice to walk away when you're really kind of at the top of your popularity with a lot of good options being put in front of you, and it was a tough decision to make. But I think we were averaging close to 250, 300 shows a year, and we looked at each other at the end of our last tour and were like, 'You guys burned out?' and the answer for everybody was 'Yeah.'
"That's when we decided, 'Which band are we? Are we a band that's going to have eternal life on the radio or a band that has a shot at success with a fan base that created them?' (The latter) is the band we're gonna be, simple as that, and we needed to take that time off to recharge ourselves."
Carrabba's bandmates kept themselves busy during the interim, too. Bassist Scott Schoenbeck reunited with his previous band, the Promise Ring. Drummer Mike Marsh toured with the Avett Brothers and guitarist John Lefler made a solo album. "Everybody had to do their own little journey/discovery to find their way back to this," Carrabba says.
Now back -- and touring this summer with old pals Third Eye Blind -- Dashboard's next mission is making a new album. But Carrabba, whose finishing Twin Forks' second album, says he's not necessarily rushing that.
"I love to say that, 'I don't know,'" he notes with a laugh. "I love the feeling that I don't have any pressure to have to tell you there even are plans. I like to make records, obviously. I have a great interest in that. But it's taken this tour to make me want to do another tour.
"But by the end of this tour I'll probably be of the opinion that it's time to start thinking about another record, and we'll go from there."
Dashboard Confessional, Third Eye Blind and K-Flay
7 p.m. Thursday, June 25.
DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75, Independence Township.
Tickets are $25-$89.50 pavilion, $8.90 lawn.
Call 248-377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.
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