Charlotte’s Emo Revival: An evening with Taking Back Sunday and Dashboard Confessional

By Katy Wilkie

June 22, 2016

The Taste of Chaos tour brought its emo revival to the Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheater on Tuesday night. The crowd funneled through the security line and into the venue where openers, The Early November, were eagerly kicking off the show which was headlined by Taking Back Sunday and Dashboard Confessional.

The Charlotte stop had one major difference from the rest of the Taste of Chaos tour, that being that the second opener, Saosin, were playing their set without lead vocals. The band announced they had found out an hour prior to their set that their lead, Anthony Greene, was stuck in Baltimore from a canceled flight. However, that didn’t stop them from playing their full set, instrumental with backup vocals. The crowd did their best to sing along to the songs they recognized and bassist, Chris Sorenson, was quick to note that the feeling was just as awkward for the band as it was for the fans in the crowd.

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Anthony Greene, lead singer of Saison being face timed. Photo by Benjamin Robson

The venue was finally filled with the latecomers and the anxious energy began to vibe through the crowd for a band that many grew up listening to. Taking Back Sunday took the stage and immediately started their set with Cute Without the ‘E’. The roaring response by the crowd proved the night was heading into a rocking direction.

Taking Back Sunday threw in the crowd pleasers like “A Decade Under the Influence” with their newer material like “Flicker, Fade.” Halfway through the set frontman, Adam Lazzara, quipped to the crowd, “I understand that part of the reason you came out is for nostalgia purposes” he paused for a moment and added that Taking Back Sunday has been here all along “we were there when you were smoking cigarettes behind the school, we were there when you got your driver’s licenses and high school diplomas, we were there when you went to college and we are still here” the crowd screamed in approval and Lazzara let it linger out before adding “we are growing together!”

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Adam Lazzara of Taking Back Sunday. Photo by Benjamin Robson

It didn’t matter if they hadn’t listened to Taking Back Sunday since they walked into adulthood or if they listened to them every day since, Tuesday night everyone was there to relive a segment of time with a band they grew up on. Taking Back Sunday proved they are still growing too, previewing a new song “Tidal Waves” from their forthcoming album before closing out their set with “Make Damn Sure.”

Headliners Dashboard Confessional took the stage to close out the five-hour show, opening their set with arguably their most recognizable song “Vindicated.” Though Dashboard hadn’t toured in five years, they came out sounded more refreshed and stronger than ever before. They balanced their 70 minute set with immense rock arrangements played as a full band with more intimate solo moments featuring Chris Carrabba during “The Best Deceptions” along with his preview of a new song “Heart Beat Here” which was a bit country but still stayed rooted into the indie-rock genre that they’re known for.

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Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional. Photo by Benjamin Robson

Dashboard Confessional followed in the same theme as Taking Back Sunday and proved that their genre was not only here to stay, but they evolve with the music and their fans, and share memories new and old, together. 

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