Bands and artists covering each other’s songs is old hat but never grow tiresome if done right. The All-American Rejects and Dashboard Confessional have traversed this well worn path but with a solid (and creatively inspired purpose). For one, they are on summer tour together and offering up their respective interpretations is simply perfect timing. Secondly, they did not “move along” (pardon the pun) and offer up a by the numbers rendition of these two heralded song. Details after the jump!
The All-American Rejects’ “Move Along” is still as catchy and anthemic as ever, and Chris Carrabba and crew don’t veer completely south of the original which in my opinion is a good thing. Carrabba’s voice, and maybe it’s because of the group’s emo rock aesthetic, has yearning ache that, even amidst the energetic barrage of “Move Along,” comes through. To receive a free download of “Move Along” go to dashboardconfessional.com (you can also purchase concert tickets on the site).
On the flip side, attempting to reach the emotional heights of Dashboard Confessional’s “Hands Down” is a fool’s game, and The All-American Rejects had the perfect approach to the song.
“’Hands Down’ is an open-hearted story of young love. In the original recording, the vocal performance is something that carries you through that tale of pure discovery,” said Tyson Ritter to Consequence of Sound. ”Vocally, my immediate intention was to play the opposite. For the musical canvas, we wanted to take all the candy away from this song and feed it nothing but opiates, leaving you feeling as if the instrumentation itself was the nerves the lyrics were expressing.”
To check out AAJ’s rendition of “Hands Down,” go here.
Dashboard Confessional & The All-American Rejects Concert Dates
**: w/ The Social Animals
#: w/ The Main
7/18 Sandy City Amphitheater Sandy, UT **
7/21 Myth St. Paul, MN **
7/22 Stir Cove at Harrah’s Casino Council Bluffs, IA **
7/23 The Pageant St. Louis, MO **
7/25 Express Live! Columbus, OH #
7/26 Fillmore Detroit Detroit, MI #
7/29 Tag’s Summer Stage Big Flats, NY #
7/30 Sands Event Center Bethlehem, PA #
8/03 Central Park Summer Stage New York, NY #
8/04 Foxwoods Resort Casino Gilford, NH #
8/06 Blue Hills Bank Pavilion Boston, MA #
8/08 Stage AE Pittsburgh, PA #
8/09 Festival Pier Philadelphia, PA #
8/10 Wolf Trap Vienna, VA #
8/12 Ascend Amphitheater Nashville, TN #
8/13 Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amp. Charlotte, NC #
8/15 Ravinia Festival Highland Park, IL
8/16 Indiana State Fair Indianapolis, IN
****The lyrics and music behind Dashboard Confessional’s “Heart.Beat.Here” is top notch. Take a listen and tell me what you think!