Florida-based indie-rock band Dashboard Confessional turned in an extraordinary performance at KOKO as their UK dates came to a close.
Their sound is hard to categorise – they been defined as ’emo rock’ and throughout the entire setlist there is a constant reminder of that. Their songs are timeless with touches of nostalgia, in particular tracks from their second album, 2001’s The Place You Have Come to Fear the Most.
And even though it has been 18 years since their first appearance, lead singer Chris Carrabba still sounds as good as he did back then. His incredible talent makes it clear why the band came back together and keeps impressing.
Whether they’re delivering one of their rock numbers or an acoustic solo, they certainly know how to bring up the energy and volume during the fastest songs and pare things right back for the slower songs.
Most of their set was a throwback to the mid 2000’s era that saw the band at their peak, but they also included songs like We Fight from latest LP Crooked Shadows, released earlier this year. Perhaps the real highlight of the evening was the solo at the beginning of the set, which set the scene with such an intimate atmosphere.
To open for them, we got romantic gloom from Exeter’s Black Foxxes. Their sound combines 90’s grunge and indie rock influences with early 2000’s emo elements combining to produce emotive and visceral songs.
The formed in 2014, self-releasing a debut EP Pines and gaining a wider fan base across the country through heavy touring. Lead singer Mark Holley certainly has what it takes to convey the energy of the band and get the crowd dancing.
Review and photos by Selena Ferro