Chris Craft

Applying acoustic salve to the sting of tears with Dashboard Confessional

Carrabba spent the first three weeks of 2001 writing material for his Vagrant debut, The Places You Have Come To Fear the Most. He drafted Vacant Andy's bassist Dan Bonebrake (nephew of DJ Bonebrake from X) and Mike Marsh (drummer for Miami pop-punkers The Agency) to back him on the road and in the studio. Adding a rhythm section freed Carrabba to experiment with both guitar intricacies and vocal harmonies, but despite this newfound latitude, the prevailing musical direction of Fear the Most is minimalism. The opening tune, a minor-key lament entitled "The Brilliant Dance," is scarcely more than one guitar riff and Carrabba's falsetto. The haunting "This Ruined Puzzle" allows a cello and double-tracked vocals to evoke empathy with a sad-sack protagonist, then descends to a pulse, leaving Carrabba to ask breathlessly: "Does he ever get the girl?" The less melancholy "Saints and Sailors" and "The Good Fight" prove that Carrabba hasn't abandoned the upbeat tempos and major keys of The Swiss Army Romance.Marsh's fluid drum patterns bounce merrily along while Bonebrake's understated bass lines solidly anchor Carrabba's guitar to sweet melodies and sour lyrics such as, "This is where I've had enough/And one should never feel the way that I feel now/A walking open wound/A trophy case of bruises/And I don't think I'm getting any better."

Poster boy: Boca Raton's Chris Carrabba is featured in a full-page fashion spread in this month's Rolling Stone magazine
Poster boy: Boca Raton's Chris Carrabba is featured in a full-page fashion spread in this month's Rolling Stone magazine

Immediately after completing the album in February, Carrabba took Dashboard Confessional back on the road with no end in sight. While this grueling schedule has prohibited Carrabba, Marsh, and Bonebrake from keeping homes in South Florida, it has paid dividends: The Places You Have Come To Fear the Most has sold more than 40,000 units from reporting chain stores alone. Next month Carrabba and his bandmates embark on their first-ever headlining tour. After taking a deep breath, the singer-songwriter reflects on his good fortune: "I wanted to play the music I believed in with the musicians I wanted to play with. The music is brutally honest. It's not wimpy. That's why people respond to it."

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