In the middle of quarantine, Dashboard Confessional spiced up Spotify Singles with their cover of Post Malone's "Circles," and an updated version of their 2000 hit "Screaming Infidelities," April 29.
Dashboard Confessional takes its spin on "Circles," dropping the heavy beats and making the strings sound more hollow. Frontman Chris Carraba departs from Posty's raspy, laconic vocals and gets the emo vein running as he sings the verses with an airy whisper. He moves to a softer, more effortless belting in the chorus - and it surprisingly works, generating a different feel to Post Malone's 2019 hit.
"Circles" was released as the third single from Post Malone's third album, "Hollywood's Bleeding." It topped the Billboard Hot 100 and stayed for three non-consecutive weeks, marking Malone's first solo work to top the charts.
Meanwhile, Dashboard ups the ante for their 2000 breakthrough single "Screaming Infidelities," now opening with a soft take on the original outro "Your hair, it's everywhere/ Screaming infidelities/ And taking its wear." The new version is more of a slow jam, with the beats standing out more.
"Screaming Infidelities" was initially intended for their debut album, "The Swiss Army Romance," but was included as the first single in their sophomore release "The Places You Have Come To Fear The Most." It was also featured as a song on the 2002 MTV film "Wasted."
Both songs were recorded at the Electric Lady Studios in New York City. Carraba, in an earlier statement, explained stopping by the iconic New York music studio during their stop in "The Big Apple" during the DC20 tour. Carraba described "the amazing energy in the room led us to create an exciting, new and very different version of 'Screaming Infidelities' and a cover of Post Malone's 'Circles.'"
Spotify Singles is the streaming platform's series of originals and covers from artists. It gives us new takes on old songs such as Brittany Howard's cover of "You and Your Folks, Me and My Folks" by Funkadelic, Carly Rae Jepsen's take on "Don't Speak," originally by No Doubt.
Last September 2019, Carraba announced the band's upcoming 20th anniversary with the planned release of their compilation album "The Best Ones of the Best Ones," which was released early this year. The compilation contains selections from their seven studio albums, including their latest "Crooked Shadows" in 2018. A 20th Anniversary Tour is also scheduled in support of the album. Unfortunately, the last leg of the DC20 tour had to be postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.
In an Instagram post dated March 13, Chris pointed out "conditions beyond our control," yet he assured fans that all tickets would be honored. Details regarding the rescheduled leg of the DC20 was yet to be announced. The Dashboard frontman also emphasized that "it is important to us that our audience feels safe and secure so they can enjoy this tour how it was intended." He said that "a Dashboard show should always feel like a safe place."
Dashboard Confessional was originally an emo band founded by Chris Carraba in Boca Raton, FL. They are the band behind hit songs "Stolen," "Vindicated," "Hands Down," and, of course, "Screaming Infidelities."