- 03:22 AM, May 23
Having a nice trail of quality songs from their previous albums, Dashboard Confessional easily slipped to the Top 20 position on Billboard Hot 200 chart. The band that deliver their music in certain easiness sold 48,000 copies of 'The Shade of Poison Trees' in the first week of its release, a showdown from their previous two releases, but an applaud for an indie band. For one thing, the band is all but commercial when it comes to releasing the album. "When we made the record, we didn't want to think in terms of keeping all the pop fans we gained over the summer interested," manager Rich Egan said. In fact, before 'The Shade of Poison Trees' was dropped in stores, frontman Chris Carrabba has even announced a sixth album that already has more than 30 pieces waiting to be cut. Consistency and integrity are probably the right words to describe the band.
Dashboard Confessional could be easily categorized as a one-man project where only vocalist Chris Carrabba is constantly in the line-up, but it all came to one solid team to produce all the eventual gold-certified records in the few years they roam music industry. It all began in 1999, when the 22-year-old Carrabba felt he had to switch from his emo/punk-pop band Further Seems Forever to a softer one. It was intended to be a solo project but eventually Carrabba performed with back-up musicians and preferred to go by Dashboard Confessional as the stage name. An album called 'The Swiss Army Romance' was released in 2000 under the then small recording house, Fiddler Records. News on the band's credibility were still limited, but it all came down to publicity. Upon the release of their second album 'The Places You Have Come to Fear the Most' (2001), fan base became larger and copies of the album flew off the shelves in faster rate. The sophomore album peaked at #108 at Billboard Hot 100 and #1 at Top Heatseekers chart. Song 'Screaming Infidelities' quickly gained popularity and earned the band their first award winning, MTV2 Award at 2002 Video Music Awards.