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New Found Glory/Dashboard Confessional – Swiss Army Bro-mance

February 11, 2010

New Found Glory and Dashboard Confessional have a lot in common. They both put out albums on the once-iconic Drive Thru Records. They both seem to have been around forever. And they have left an impression on thousands of their fans. So why wouldn’t these two bands get together to record an old-fashioned split?

Well, after listening to Dashboard Confessional cover two NFG classics, I was wondering why anyone thought this was a good idea.

If I gave out grades for albums, Swiss Army Bro-mance would receive a 50%, simply because half of the songs are great and the other half are garbage.

I used to be a Dashboard Confessional fan. Back in the days when it was mainly Chris Carrabba with an acoustic. I dig The Swiss Army Romance and The Places You Have Come to Fear The Most, but once they went to a full band, they kind of lost me. Come on. You have stolen my heart? I’m sorry, but that sucks.

The first two tracks on the album are Chris Carrabba’s take on “All About Her” and “Better Off Dead” from NFG’s self titled album. I figured he would go back his great acoustic sound for this split. Boy, was I wrong. Both feature a whinier-than-usual Carrabba laboring through the pop-punk classics over a cheesy digital drum track and strange ambiance. It was like he got to the studio and realized he forgot he scheduled a dentist appointment and said “Hey let’s hurry this up. I have a root canal in an hour.” Both covers are incredibly boring and have this awful airy vibe to them. You’d swear someone just told Carrabba his entire family died in a car accident. Splits are supposed to be fun, not coma-inducing.

But all hope is not lost. After hearing Carrabba butcher two songs, the album rises like a phoenix. New Found Glory is here to save the day (Not Saves the Day. That certainly would have made a better split). We have come to expect a lot out of New Found Glory covers because of the From the Screen to Your Stereo albums, and they definitely deliver on their two tracks.

The band kicks in with their version of Dashboard’s “Saints and Sailors.” Now this is what a cover should sound like. They stay true to the original structure, while adding their own flair. Tough-guy guitarist Chad Gilbert screams through the bridge, almost as if he’s saying “Hey Carrabba, this is how you do a cover.” New Found Glory’s rendition of “The Swiss Army Romance” starts with the strumming of an acoustic guitar, but then we hear the crackle of a guitar being plugged into an amp. A nice touch to another nice cover.

New Found Glory and Dashboard Confessional both came on the scene in the late 90’s and they have both had a lot of success. The main difference is New Found Glory still stays true to their roots and is releasing great music, while Dashboard Confessional has alienated their fans for mainstream success and a tour with Bon Jovi.

Keep it going NFG. I’ll see you in Chicago March 5.

New Found GloryDashboard Confessional

Track Listing:
1. All About Her
2. Better Off Dead
3. Saints and Sailors
4. The Swiss Army Romance

One Comment leave one →
  1. March 10, 2010 4:09 pm

    I really like your writing style, its not generic and extremly long and tedious like a lot of blog posts I read, you get to the point and I really enjoy reading your articles! Oh, and merry Christmas!

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