For Dashboard Confessional fans, it probably feels like they have been waiting for a new album for centuries. For over two years, frontman Chris Carrabba has repeatedly reassured fans that the group would be releasing new music soon. On Wednesday (Nov. 15), fans finally got what they have been waiting for when the band officially announced their seventh studio album. Taking to social media, the Carrabba-led act confirmed that their new album will be titled Crooked Shadows and that it will see a release date of Feb. 9, 2018 through their new home of Fueled By Ramen.
In addition to announcing the title of the new album, its release date, and the group’s new record label, Dashboard Confessional has also unleashed the record’s powerful lead single, “We Fight.” Listen to the new song above.
Pre-orders for Crooked Shadows can be found on Dashboard Confessional’s website here. Crooked Shadows will be the follow-up to 2009’s Alter the Ending even though the band released a standalone single titled “May” in the spring of 2016.
Earlier this week, the group tipped fans off that something big was coming when they cleared everything from their Instagram profile. All the images they previously had were replaced with an image that had the date “11.15.17” printed against a gray background. The group’s new music confirmation comes almost three years after Carrabba hinted that the band was in the process of creating a new record.
“It really feels like we’re eager to write, which means there’s probably a new record coming out,” Carrabba told Entertainment Weekly back in the summer of 2015. “Who am I kidding? There’s a new record coming.”
Well, after almost three years, fans finally got that record Carrabba had hinted at. Not only that, but according to Carrabba the new music, especially “We Fight” started out one way and evolved as time passed.
“It’s a weird thing when you write a song; you think you know what it’s about, but you don’t until some months later sometimes. So, I thought for sure it was just about how I found a place in the world, which was worth fighting for, which was the music scene that I come from,” Carrabba explained to Beat’s 1 DJ, Zane Lowe.
“I wasn’t cool in school. I didn’t fit in. I found this music scene and it fostered this community and it fostered the people in it. You could be black or white, you could be straight or gay, you could be a man or a woman. Everybody was equal and we were equally protected but we were equally encouraged to do something that challenged the status quo.”
For now, the complete track listing for Crooked Shadows can be seen below.
CROOKED SHADOWS TRACK LISTING:
1. “We Fight”
2. “Catch You”
3. “About Us”
4. “Heart Beat Here”
6. “Crooked Shadows”
7. “Open My Eyes”
8. “Be Alright”
9. “Just What to Say”