Dashboard Confessional’s Chris Carrabba Looks Back on “The Places You Have Come to Fear the Most”

Twenty years later, Carrabba reflects on his band's breakthrough album, a recent near-death experience and the golden age of emo

Last month Dashboard Confessional’s Chris Carrabba played his first show in almost a year. Filmed at Nashville’s Riverside Revival Church and billed as the band’s “Lonely Hearts and Lovers Valentine’s Day Concert Stream,” the virtual performance served as a kind celebration of patience — not only from Carrabba’s loyal fanbase, but from Carrabba himself.
Had things gone like they were supposed to — before the coronavirus pandemic shuttered venues across the globe — Carrabba would have likely been on the road somewhere, engaged in a closing leg of tour dates meant to observe the 20th anniversary of the band’s breakthrough album, The Places You Have Come to Fear the Most. This victory lap had started well enough last year with the release of a greatest hits collection, The Best Ones of the Best Ones. Supporting shows however, only made it to April. As if having a pervasive and deadly disease disrupt your livelihood wasn’t enough, in June Carrabba was involved in a severe motorcycle accident that left him with both shoulders dislocated and broken, several bruised and broken ribs, and severed muscles in his biceps and deltoids on both sides.

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