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The Summer Ever After Tour feat. All Time Low at The Van Buren

October 8 @ 6:00 pm - 11:30 pm

Formed in 2003 in the suburbs of Baltimore, Maryland, All Time Low started out as a high-school cover band before morphing into a melodic emo-pop act. Singer/guitarist Alex Gaskarth and guitarist Jack Barakat were All Time Low‘s co-founders, with bassist Zack Merrick and drummer Rian Dawsonrounding out their energetic pop-punk sound and rowdy live shows, which often included silly string and beach balls. Honing their skills between homework and other teenage commitments, the guys managed to tour across the East Coast and the South during school breaks. They issued a four-song EP, 2004’s The Three Words to Remember in Dealing with the End, with help from local label Emerald Moon, and followed its release with a full-length album, The Party Scene, one year later.

Touring across the country that summer, the guys found themselves on bills with similar acts like Motion City Soundtrackthe Early November, and Plain White T’s. Along the way, All Time Low also bumped into fellow pop-punkers Amber Pacific, who brought the young band to the attention of their label, Hopeless Records. The label was immediately impressed, and All Time Low had officially become part of the Hopeless family by March 2006, just a few months shy of the members’ high-school graduation. Finally done with schoolwork and able to concentrate full-time on music, the group issued Put Up or Shut Up — a seven-song EP that mostly featured new recordings of older material — that July.

All Time Low supported the EP’s release with a handful of Warped Tour dates before hitting the road again with Amber PacificSo Wrong, It’s Right appeared in 2007, marking the band’s first full-length release for Hopeless. After being named 2008’s Band of the Year by Alternative Press, All Time Lowreturned with their second album, Nothing Personal, in July 2009. Debuting at number four on the Billboard charts, Nothing Personal helped make All Time Low one of the top emo-pop acts in the business. Two CD/DVD packages, MTV Unplugged and Straight to DVD, were released the following year, tiding fans over while the guys returned to the studio to begin work on their major-label debut for Interscope Records.

Dirty Work, featuring the single “I Feel Like Dancin’,” was released in 2011. The album reached number six on the Billboard charts the week it was released, and the band hit the road. In 2012, All Time Low announced they had parted ways with Interscope and released a new song, “The Reckless and the Brave,” on their website in June. Soon after, they re-signed with Hopeless and began work on a new album. Don’t Panicwas released in November of 2012, then reissued almost a year later with four newly recorded songs and four acoustic versions under the name Don’t Panic: It’s Longer Now! In 2015, All Time Low returned with their sixth record, Future Hearts, which found them reuniting with their Dirty Work producer, John Feldmann. In 2016, they released Straight to DVD 2: Past, Present & Future, a sequel to the 2010 live album. In February 2017, All Time Low issued the single “Dirty Laundry” in anticipation of their seventh studio long-player, Last Young Renegade, which dropped in June of that year. Renegade was their first effort issued on Fueled by Ramen, and featured the singles “Nice2KnoU” and the pop-focused “Life of the Party.” The following year saw the release of the summery and anthemic one-off single “Everything Is Fine.”

Singer/songwriter Christopher Carrabba became the poster boy for a generation of emo fans in the early 2000s, having left behind his former band (the post-hardcore Christian outfit Further Seems Forever) to concentrate on vulnerable, introspective solo musings. Armed with an acoustic guitar and soul-baring song lyrics, he christened his new project Dashboard Confessional — named after a lyric in “The Sharp Hint of New Tears” — and began releasing material in 2000. By 2001’s The Places You Have Come to Fear the MostDashboard Confessional had evolved into a full-fledged band, but Carrabba nevertheless remained the focal point of both the group and the rejuvenated emo genre.

Dashboard Confessional took root in Boca Raton, Florida, Carrabba‘s home since the age of 16. The singer had previously fronted the Vacant Andys and the Agency before joining the ranks of Further Seems Forever, but the desire to pursue something simpler led him to create Dashboard Confessional as a side project. Carrabba molded simple acoustics with passionate, personal wordplay on his 2000 debut, Swiss Army Romance, and a devout audience began to gather around the naked honesty of his lyrics. Further Seems Forever entered the studio that September to record their inaugural full-length, but Carrabba‘s plans to mount a solo career had already taken precedence over his current band. Nevertheless, he and his bandmates finished the album before amicably parting ways, with Further Seems Forever later recruiting former Affinity frontman Jason Gleason to replace their departed vocalist.

By late 2000, Carrabba was free to devote his undivided time to Dashboard Confessional. The Drowning EP was released in early 2001, with the full-length album The Places You Have Come to Fear the Most following soon after. The latter release featured a full band on several tracks — a vast departure from Carrabba‘s previously unaccompanied material — and the heart-rending single “Screaming Infidelities” found an immediate home on modern rock radio. Dashboard Confessionaltoured for several months, and Carrabba rounded out the year by collaborating with former Sunny Day Real Estate guitarist Dan Hoerner on the So Impossible EP, which was released in mid-December.

Dashboard Confessional issued Summers Kiss, a companion piece to the So Impossible EP, in April 2002. Later that year, Carrabba recorded an installment for the MTV Unplugged series, accompanied by a devoted studio audience that sang along to every word. The show was released as MTV Unplugged 2.0 and served as his breakthrough performance, eventually going platinum. Now a staple on both radio and MTV, Carrabba returned in 2003 with a permanent lineup — including bassist Scott Schoenbeck, guitarist/pianist Johnny Lefler, and drummer Mike Marsh — and a new album, A Mark, a Mission, a Brand, a Scar. The record topped the Billboard charts and spawned another hit single, “Hands Down,” which peaked at number eight. However, it was the band’s contribution of the song “Vindicated” to 2004’s Spider-Man 2soundtrack that truly resonated with a wide audience, with the song rising to number two.

Carrabba collaborated with producers Daniel Lanois (U2Peter Gabriel) and Don Gilmore (Linkin ParkPearl Jam) on the band’s intimate 2006 release Dusk and Summer. Released in June, the album entered the Billboard charts at number two and was supported by nationwide tour dates alongside Ben LeeSay Anything, and Brand NewDashboard Confessional then returned to the studio with Gilmore, recording the band’s fifth album, The Shade of Poison Trees, in March 2007. The album was released the following October, with its acoustic-heavy sound marking a return to the band’s introspective roots. Chris Carrabbaexplored both sides of his personality — the acoustic, campfire-worthy songwriter and the full-band frontman — with 2009’s Alter the Ending, which featured songs from both camps and even included a second disc comprised of stripped-down performances of the track list. After touring in support of the effort, Carrabba released a remastered version of the band’s debut, The Swiss Army Romance, embarking on a solo tour to celebrate the album’s tenth anniversary.

After an extended hiatus, Carrabba resurrected Dashboard Confessional for 2017’s Covered and Taped EP, which featured covers of songs by the 1975Justin Bieber, and others. Early in 2018, Carrabba returned with Crooked Shadows, his first collection of original material in eight years.

hi! my name’s garrett, but a lot of people call me gnash, & i’m here to let you know you’re not alone. in gnash, the g is silent, but my feelings aren’t. simply put, i was raised that it’s okay to have feelings, as long as you aren’t afraid to talk about them. so i’ve chosen to do that by documenting the feelings i have in my heart in my art, & lately, more specifically, in my music.

when i have a feeling, to get it off my chest, i find it’s most therapeutic for me to make a song about it. what’s even more redeeming is that nowadays when i release a song, an open-minded & constantly growing group of people from all around the world (who have come together over my music & call themselves the dreamers) let me know they have felt, currently feel, or will eventually feel the same. that makes us both feel better, & they help me just as much as i help them. so really, what i’m creating isn’t a fan base, it’s a support group & a movement, & it’s filling with people who let each other know that whatever it is, however you feel, it’s going to be okay.

everything in life is about balance. that’s the number one thing i’ve learned while growing up in a big city like los angeles. my first single, “i hate u you  i love u”, & my label, happysad, spelled :): , both, in the titles alone, tackle balancing emotional issues everyone faces daily, but most people are afraid to (or don’t find the time to) discuss. so i’ve found the best answer to this problem is for me to do the talking so the listener can focus on thinking.

my music has become a sort of emotional guide book for those who are open to experiencing life’s up’s & down’s, but who are also committed to an overall positive outlook on life. the 3 ep’s i’ve released, “u”, “me”, & “us”, serve as a walk through a break up, finding yourself, & finding something new, but also the universality of that journey (& the harmony that comes from learning how to co-exist with other people in this often self-centered world we live in). eventually, i want to make a song for every feeling, & i felt this 3-part, 21-song series was a great place to start.

i make music that connects with people. i think that’s because my music is as real as i am. i produce & write it all in my garage, which is why my production stays simple & clean – to my listeners & i, it’s not about how it sounds, it’s about what i’m saying. being honest isn’t always easy (or pretty), but it’s usually what’s best, & honestly my favorite music has always been about the lyrics to me anyway. that’s why i draw inspiration from songwriters like cisco adler, jack johnson, & ben gibbard – they’re nothing but themselves in every way.

for me, music is just one way of being creative, & so far has been the easiest way to get my feelings out. i’ll never be afraid to express myself, & i feel that’s where my biggest strength lies. i don’t see myself as just a musician, or as a songwriter, or as a producer/dj. i’m an artist in all ways, & i will use any means necessary to help people feel, & know in their hearts, minds, & souls that they are not alone.

 

Venue

The Van Buren
401 W. Van Buren St
Phoenix, 85003 United States
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Phone:
(480) 659-1641
Website:
https://www.thevanburenphx.com/