Emo Fans Confess Their Love For Dashboard Confessional At Big-X-Cuse REVIEW+PHOTOS: Dashboard Confessional @ 95X BIG-X-CUSE! 6/16/18
SYRCAUSE, NY- Bringing together some of the most popular names in alternative rock out there, Syracuse’s 95X debuted it’s first ever Big-X-Cuse Fest! With a line-up featuring both seasoned veterans and newcomers to the alternative rock scene, 95X’s lineup was very impressive considering it was the radio station’s first year hosting this event.
Next up, the king of Emo alternative rock, Dashboard Confessional. Primarily consisting of singer/songwriter Chris Carrabba, the brainchild of Carrabba has been churning out music since the early 2000’s.
Having remained relevant since their conception back in 2001, Dashboard Confessional is one of the few Emo rock bands out there who continue to stay at the top of their game despite the appeal of their genre fading a little over the years. Fads come and go but Dashboard Confessional has stayed, much to everyone’s delight. With Carrabba’s ability to write heartfelt and deep lyrics, Dashboard’s music has been an important part of any music lover who grew up listening to the mainstream airwaves throughout the 2000s.
Now, every Emo lover’s wet dream hit the Chevy Court stage when Carrabba played new and old material to a swooning cadres of adoring fans. Arguably the most high profile name on 95X’s bill, the crowd stretched from the barricade all the way back to the street for Dashboard Confessional’s hour set as Carrabba opened for headliners, Cold War Kids. A setlist that comprised of their most popular hits such as “We Fight”, “Vindicated”, and “Hands Down” along with some new material off of his 2018 released LP titled Crooked Shadows, Carrabba’s ability to entice a listener’s ears with his heartfelt yet mournful voice really stuck with me. It reminded me of a time when I was younger, whether it be listening to some blink-182, the Cure, or the Smiths, it was the perfect blend of “sad boy” music a lot of people my age grew up listening to. Mix in some rock overtones with Carrabba’s vocals, and you’ve got one of the better sides of the Emo rock genre that has become slightly oversaturated. Overall, Carrabba’s and his band’s time on stage was one of captivating showmanship. It was with heavy hearts that the crowd of 1,000 strong had to say goodbye to the guys of Dashboard Confessional after their riveting set, but at least it paved the way perfectly for the day’s main attraction, Cold War Kids.