PHOTOS: Dashboard Confessional and The All-American Rejects bring emo back to SF

Dashboard Confessional

Photos: Gary Chancer

SAN FRANCISCO — The emo community has had some memorable tours in recent years. In 2015, Third Eye Blind and Dashboard Confessional hit the road together. The year after, Brand New regrouped and performed The Devil and God are Raging Inside Me in full across North America. Now there’s another epic bill to gush about: Dashboard Confessional and The All-American Rejects, who just played the second show of their tour at The Masonic.

The All-American Rejects kicked off with old favorites “Swing Swing,” “My Paper Heart,” and “Dirty Little Secret.” The audience sung every song, word for word. Lead singer Tyson Ritter poked fun at the throwbacks.

“How does it feel to watch our concert as an adult now?” he asked, to which the crowd answered in enthusiastic yells. The band then played a new song, “Sweat,” and closed out with some more essentials like “Move Along” and “Gives You Hell.”

Dashboard Confessional took the stage next with an extended introduction to “Vindicated.” Keeping things old-school, Dashboard Confessional revisited numerous tracks off early albums The Places You Have Come to Fear the Most and The Swiss Army Romance. They also threw in a surprise cover of The Smashing Pumpkins’ “Today.” Frontman Chris Carrabba teased that a new album was in the works but admitted that he loves playing “the old stuff.” Keeping their word, they ended the night with epic sing-alongs to “Screaming Infidelities” and “Hands Down.”

Minnesota quartet The Social Animals opened the show with a pleasant mix of indie and folk. The band’s set consisted of Tom Petty-inspired melodies and a rendition of “When Doves Cry” by Prince.

— Chloe Catajan

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