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Dashboard Confessional: Scala, London NW1

Lisa Verrico, The Times, 23 January 2008

PARENTS WHO FEAR the effects of emo should spend some time with Chris Carrabba. Under the guise of Dashboard Confessional, the South Florida-raised singer, songwriter and guitarist was in the vanguard of the emo scene long before My Chemical Romance began grabbing headlines. That he spent time as a teacher, previously played with a Christian rock act, still has a sweet baby face at the age of 32 and told himself off for absent-mindedly using a swearword midway through the set should have put some minds at rest.

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