This song finds Dashboard Confessional lead singer Chris Carrabba confronting a heartbreak. He's going to curl up, get drunk and listen to some sad songs as he dives headlong into the pain and jealousy, thinking about the love he just lost. He chooses to embrace the misery and think about how she has moved on to other relationships, while he is unable to do so. The hairs that she left behind are tormenting him, as he feels they are "screaming infidelities" at him.
Chris Carrabba is rather laconic when it comes to discussing his songs, but in his (very) brief intros to this song during live performances, he has said things along the lines of, "This song is about a girl... that I don't like."
This was a hit on Modern Rock radio and the first Dashboard Confessional song to chart - it made #22 on the Billboard Alternative Songs tally. Much of the song's exposure came on MTV2, which played many of the videos that were more off center. The video won the MTV2 Award at the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards.
"Screaming Infidelities" was the first single from The Swiss Army Romance, the first album for Dashboard Confessional, which at that time was a solo effort by Chris Carrabba while he was also in a band called Further Seems Forever. The only other musicians to play on the album were its producer James Paul Wisner, who played keyboards, and backup vocalist Jolie Lindholm. Carrabba later expanded Dashboard Confessional into a full band.
The video was directed by the husband-and-wife team of Maureen Egan and Matthew Barry, who also directed the Dashboard Confessional video for "Saints And Sailors" and Alkaline Trio's "Stupid Kid." Since Dashboard Confessional was a Chris Carrabba solo project as the time, he enlisted some of his musical buddies to portray the band in the video until he could put his real one together. "They were all kind of on loan, and it was a fun time," he said.
Shot at a house in Los Angeles, the video was done on a very tight budget. "We borrowed everything," Carrabba told Billboard. "Couldn't afford to really shoot a music video. Barely could afford the sideburns."