A warm Brisbane night had punters arriving in the array of pop-punk shirts, including tonight’s front-runners; Dashboard Confessional. 17 years since originally forming as Chris Carrabba‘s solo project to now a full band, there was sure to be a career-spanning set list of fan favourites to please the eardrums. With the venue conserving the size with a wall halfway down the venue it brought the intimacy to a whole new level. Serenading the crowd was a guarantee!

Opening for Dashboard Confessional were Far Away Stables, no stranger to being international supports as they’ve provided that for the likes of Bayside and Starset.

Now on their sixth year as a band, Far Away Stables showed how much energy they had on stage, alongside some jokes to the crowd about turning it up to 11. As someone who’s consistently heard about Far Away Stables but never took the time to listen to them, I was blown away as I thoroughly enjoyed the moody set and how well the band grooves with each other. The professionalism of this band on stage was impeccable as was the sound, but they still brought the confidence needed, and that was proven from start to finish.

Having just released their latest album ‘Between Rage and Serenity’ Far Away Stables threw a few of their hits from that album; Caldera and Crystallize, into their set for the audience within Eatons Hill Hotel. Closing with ‘What Are You Waiting For’ from their first full-length album ‘Atlantis’, their lead singer; Brendan Sheargold held firm with his amazing highs, heavy growls and holding his long notes. This hopefully won’t be the final time I see this band.

Gracing the Eatons Hill Hotel with a bang, Dashboard Confessional opened with an immediate connection from the word go. The audience was all ears and singing back from the first word of the hit song ‘Don’t Wait’. Hearing the crowd chanting ‘Saints and Sailors’, Dashboard Confessional moved forward into the song much to the excitement of the intimate venue of avid fans!

In between songs Carrabba talked about our plebiscite postal vote here in Australia and how even back in the USA there are still problems related to the LGBT community. Calling for equality around the world, Carrabba started playing a new song called ‘We Fight’ from their new record, which he stated is nearly done.

Halfway through the set Carrabba donned his acoustic guitar and played hits ‘The Places You Have Come To Fear The Most’, ‘Heart Beat Here’ and ‘As Lovers Go’. It’s evident that he could easily excel as a solo artist considering that’s what Dashboard Confessional was meant to be at the start. Keeping a smile on his face and upon his audience in Brisbane, they played their version of Coldplay’s ‘Fix You’ and their big hit ‘Vindicated’, before going off-stage to prepare for their encore.

It’s clear the fans weren’t done and knew the band wasn’t either as they chanted one more song over and over until Dashboard Confessional graced them with their presence one more time. Closing their set with arguably their biggest song ‘Hands Down’ the crowd was seen to be moving ecstatically, belting out every word until the end of the night.

To cap off an awesome night seeing this amazing band, Dashboard Confessional said they usually get to Australia last on most tours but they said that due to the overwhelming support of their fans down-under, they’ll tour here next year first just before their new album is out.

My first time seeing Dashboard Confessional was set to an all-time high; I look forward to seeing them excel past that when they return to our shores to play for us again. Until next time Chris and co