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Dashboard Confessional Already Has Next Project In Sight

Of the Oakland Press

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Dashboard Confessional’s latest album, “The Shade of Poison Trees,” has been out one month. But group leader Chris Carrabba is already looking forward to the band’s next release.

“I’ll probably play some of those (brand new) songs on this tour, ’cause what’s the point of waiting?” says Carrabba, 32, adding that he’s “about 14 songs” into the album.

Describing the fresh endeavor, he says that “there’s a moodiness to these songs, not necessarily a somber thing, but there’s a heaviness to these songs.” He’d like to have a total of 30 or so tracks to draw from and reports that “only with the last three has it become, like, ‘All right, these have a continuity and there’s something going on,’ so I’m excited to see where that leads.”

That doesn’t mean Carrabba isn’t excited about pushing “The Shade of Poison Trees,” however. Dashboard’s fifth album debuted at No. 18 on the Billboard 200 chart in October and follows two consecutive gold records and a platinum DVD. It’s also a return to the acousticoriented sound of the band’s early albums, following the electric turns on 2003’s “A Mark A Mission A Brand A Scar” and last year’s “Dusk and Summer.”

Carrabba has no regrets about those albums — especially since they were the group’s most successful — and he says the next Dashboard endeavor may incorporate those elements again.

“There’s so much about song structure I learned along the way of making the electric records,” he explains. “The band really understood what I was driving at, and we all learned about how to just put enough there so it really emphasizes whatever the lyrical point or emotional undercurrent is.

“I think I learned a little bit more about what to do when I did want to apply the rhythm section or additional players, at what point they make something better. That’s something I’ll be using on everything I do, I think.”

Dashboard Confessional, Augustana and John Ralston perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday (Nov. 2) to Clutch Cargo’s, 65 E. Huron St., Pontiac. Tickets are $27.50. Call (248) 333-2362 or visit www.clutchcargos.com.

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