Dashboard Confessional’s “We Fight” video shows a watercolor Chris Carrabba

From those on the outside, emo music is typically stereotyped as being sad music meant for sulking alone. But those who call themselves fans know that these songs are often a source of comfort, and they find solidarity and hope in their favorite bands. Midway through November, Dashboard Confessional released “We Fight”, and it’s a rallying cry for the “kid[s] somewhere that needs to hear this” as Chris Carrabba proclaims in the pre-chorus, “Cause we never learned to keep our voices down / No, we only learned to shout / So we fight our way in / And we fight our way out.” Now, they’ve released a music video to go along with the song, which can be seen above.

The “We Fight” video features a watercolor Carrabba, along with sketches of people from all walks of life. Those who start off as kids soon grow up, and everyone is seen with their fists in the air, ready to spread their wings and fight a world that seems against them. It’s a different, more abstract take than the cinematic or performance-based clips most artists seem to offer, but there’s no doubt it gets the message of the song across.

“We Fight” comes from Dashboard Confessional’s forthcoming album Crooked Shadows, available February 9, 2018 via Fueled By Ramen Records. Crooked Shadows will be the band’s seventh studio album and first since 2009’s Alter The Ending. They also recently announced the We Fight Tour with support from Beach Slang, which will stretch from March 20 through April 21, though before that they’ll be playing in Philadelphia on January 27 for 104.5’s Winter Jawn at XFINITY Live, and Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania on January 28 for Alt 92.1’s Snow Show at F.M. Kirby Center. Tickets to all upcoming shows, as well as more information on VIP packages, are available on Dashboard’s official website. As a bonus to fans, tickets to the We Fight Tour also include a digital copy of the album.

We’ll be sure to keep you updated as Dashboard reveal more details on the album. In the meantime, enjoy the video for their recent Cash Cash collaboration “Belong” here, and follow Substream on Twitter so you don’t miss a headline.