For local fans of alternative rock, 2016 is shaping up to be a good year.
On the heels of last weekend’s Spring Fling tour (review here) comes news that Fresno will be one of the 40-plus cities on the Taste of Chaos tour, with headliners Dashboard Confessional and Taking Back Sunday. The tour stops Wednesday, July 13, at the Rotary Amphitheater at Woodward Park.
This is a return for the festival, which was started in 2005 by Warped tour founder Kevin Lyman and helped launch bands such as Thirty Seconds To Mars, Paramore and My Chemical Romance. The tour has been on hiatus since 2009.
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Dashboard Confessional helped define alternative rock sub-genre “emo” in the early 2000s. Led by singer/guitarist Chris Carrabba, the band was so influential in the genre, it was recently referenced in an answer on “Jeopardy!”: “Wearing bangs and black skinny jeans and liking Dashboard Confessional are signs you’re in this 3-letter subculture.”
The band’s breakthrough album, “The Places You Have Come To Fear the Most,” was released in 2002.
While Taking Back Sunday has some “emo” influences, the band is known for mixing in elements of another alternative rock subgenre popular in the 2000s: melodic hardcore. The Long Island band released its breakthrough album in 2006. Led by the single “MakeDamnSure,” the album hit No. 2 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart.
The band is working on a seventh studio album, the follow-up to 2014’s “Happiness Is.”