Sixty Seconds 

with Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional

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Indy: The new CD, Dusk and Summer, went through quite a process. Is it true you scrapped an initial record's worth of songs?

CC: That's almost true. I had a batch of demos that I scrapped. It was more than a record's worth. I think that's part of the process for many bands. You write a lot of music and you throw a lot away or "file a lot away," would be a better way to say it.

Indy: You did a session with producer Daniel Lanois. But only one song, "Heaven Here," is on Dusk and Summer. What's up?

CC: He was taking these songs I was writing, and he stripped away my band. He wanted me to [write] by myself. And we really got down to the crux of something. Then, I felt one of things I had to re-learn was how to write by myself. That was liberating.

Indy: So you ended up recording a whole new group of songs for with producer Don Gilmore. Why didn't the Lanois tracks become the CD?

CC: When I was almost done with Dan, I started getting creative again. I realized, "Well, wait a minute, the reason I chose these cats [in the band] to play with was because of where they take my songs to." I wanted to combine them with where Daniel would take my songs.

At Denver's Magness Arena, Oct. 24.


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