Hearthrob: Chris Carrabba


Leaving us with an indelible impression

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Image credits: Sprout Entertainment
By: Ho Shu Hui and Zann Kua 

With the end of 2013 just around the corner, Dashboard Confessional has definitely set the mood for pushing forward to 2014 with a bang. Chris Carrabba, frontman of 2000s indie and acoustic rock band, was in Singapore on 4 December for a one-night only acoustic set at Shine Auditorium.

Who can forget Dashboard Confessional’s ballads making waves in the music industry and providing a such a relatable soundtrack during our teenage years? Chris kickstarted with ‘The Sharp Hint of New Tears’ – straight off the band’s very first album of the same name. Familiar ballads such as ‘The Places You Have Come to Fear the Most’ and ‘Carry This Picture’ were perfectly belted out to swooning fans, as the mixed crowd comprised of young and older supporters alike, were mesmerized with the music.

Many were surprised when Chris broke into a rendition of Taylor Swift’s “Mean”, but he pulled it off amazingly well – for everyone sang along to the hit single in unison. Along the way, Chris also slid into two songs from his new indie folk-rock project, Twin Forks, namely “Cross My Mind” and “Back to You”. Ending off with the catchy tunes of “Stolen” and “Vindicated”, Chris got our heads bobbing as we belted out to the lyrics of the popular songs.

For his encore performance, Chris performed an all-time favourite “Hands Down” and took the time to have a one on one (is it hyphenated: one-on-one?) experience with his fans when he extended an invitation to them. All in all, it was a memorable performance – with Chris mentioning towards the end of the concert that he would love to go on tour and come back to Singapore soon with the band.