Since I’m going through a little nostalgic phase, I thought I should bring up Dashboard Confessional.
Here’s a guy who recorded an acoustic 3 song EP, started touring with Hardcore bands, played in people’s basements, and now is headlining Madison Square Garden size gigs.
I remember hearing about him from a friend when the emo/punk scene was really starting to gain momentum (2000). Saves The Day were getting buzzed about, Alkaline Trio were making headway, and Thursday were turning heads. Most of the bands were melody based, but had a hard edge.
Then there’s this guy with an acoustic guitar belting out these intensily personal lyrics at the top of his lungs. People started talking. After hearing about him from my friend, I started seeing message board posts about the guy, show reviews, and then learned about his signing to Vagrant.
The Places You’ve Come to Fear the Most was an underground hit, selling over 500, 000 units to date in the U.S alone (released in 2001). Each song wrung with honest, albeit depressing lyrics about a failed relationship. What really got me was his guitar playing. It was phenomenal. He played chords I didn’t know existed. He tuned his guitar in a way I didn’t even know you could. He basically showed me how fantastic the acoustic guitar could really be. Most acoustic singer-songwriter types play the same boring chords. This guy was taking it to much higher level.
I’m not really into him anymore, but the main point I wanted to convey to you was that his success was built organically. He had a lot of talent, toured a lot with harder bands (giving him credibility in the scene), and let the fans spread the word for him.
Speaking of fans, his fans sing along to every word at the top of their lungs too. It’s nuts.
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Take Control of Your Music,