Chris Carrabba goes folk at the Troubadour with Twin Forks
Vocalist and guitarist Chris Carrabba of emo rock band Dashboard Confessional has taken on a new groove. Flanked by mandolinist Suzie Zeldin (The Narrative), bassist Jonathan Clark and drummer Ben Homola (Bad Books), he has forged Twin Forks, a folk band, tempered with Omega Seamaster Quartz 120m
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The group is touring in support of its self titled EP, released on Dine Alone Records in September, and is scheduled for the Troubadour in West Hollywood on Monday. During the course of that, I was recording covers and I had one or two that had the feel of what would become a Twin Forks song. with the help of future Twin Forks band mates, took his new music on stage during the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco in October 2012 and everything clicked.
Growing up in Connecticut, Carrabba was first a fan of folk and then later punk. He said the two genres are surprisingly similar, beginning with their links to counter culture. But as Omega Watches Constellation Price
tried very hard not to sound (folky), and tried to be more rocking and percussive with my guitar playing. Omega Constellation Full Diamond
Based in Florida, Carrabba makes time every day to work on his music. Playing either guitar or piano, he believes going through the motions creates a memory of writing a song so it will flow easily when inspiration comes.
he became a musician, Carrabba grappled with trying to separate himself from his folk past before finally accepting it.
Twin Forks will finish the year by continuing its tour of the United States, Canada and Australia. Early next year, the band plans to begin work on a full length album, culling the material from its current EP and adding to it.
But as I grew more and more comfortable with the acceptance that your influences absolutely make you who you are as a player and there something to be proud of with working within the parameters of your influences and trying to excel within that framework without retreading, Carrabba said.
Over the past few years there has been a resurgence of acoustic and folk music and a re emergence of it from underground to mainstream, Carrabba said. He notes that this movement may lead to better songwriting, as the stripped down equipment makes it harder to disguise poor musicianship and lacking lyrics.
In the meantime, Twin Forks will be posting new songs on its website for fans to download for free.
we did that festival we said: not going to be a band, we not going to be a band. And then we walked off stage and looked at each other and said, we a band, said Carrabba, laughing.
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