Before the amazingness that is Dashboard Confessional hit the scene, lead vocalist and frontman Chris Carrabba provided the vocals for another band. Though this is a seemingly familiar tale, the unusual part is that he has opted to go back and provide vocals for his former band mates’ new album. Further Seems Forever’s new album, Penny Black, dropped on October 23, and has been described by Alternative Press as ”dynamic, electric and damn near perfect.” How could it not be ‘damn near perfect’? Chris Carrabba’s vocals can do no wrong in my book.
Carrabba told The San Francisco Examiner the story of his departure from Further Seems Forever. “We were in a rehearsal, and two of the guys got into an argument. There was some gear thrown around, and one of the guys said something like, ‘That’s it! This is over!’ And I said, ‘You got that right’ and I walked out. And that was it.”
Despite their differences on that fateful day, Carrabba stayed in touch with his Further friends. Further Seems Forever has performed as Dashboard Confessional’s opening act, and Carrabba followed through with his vocal obligation to the band after he quit. He also seems to have maintained his personal relationships with the band. Carrabba, referring to whenever he returned to his native Florida, said “I’d go right back to my regular circle of friends, the Further guys, and we’d be having barbecues and playing Frisbee instead of arguing over songs.”
In addition to singing on the album, Carrabba also scored the gig and title of co-producer for Penny Black. He stated that he considered this project to be “…closure on a long, convoluted history.”