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TAKING BACK SUNDAY

MODERN CHEMISTRY and guests

July 22

6:30 pm

In case you don’t know us, here are some words from a long
time friend and
journalist, Jonah Bayer,
about our new album,
Tidal Wave…
It’s difficult to believe that
Tidal Wave
is Taking Back Sunday’s seventh album. While most of their
peers have either broken up, faded away or reunited to capitalize on the emo scene’s wildfire revival,
Taking Back Sunday have always been the Pearl Jam of the scene in the sense that they’ve consi
stently
plugged along and continued to reinvent themselves regardless of what was trendy at the time. “By the
time most bands get to this point in their career they are pretty set in what they do but we were really
mindful about approaching our musical ide
as differently this time around and staying true to where the
five of us are in our lives right now,” frontman Adam Lazzara explains. “This album is truly an
expression of what Taking Back Sunday is during this snapshot in time as opposed to what we think
people expect from our band.”
This ethic is nothing new for Taking Back Sunday who started out playing basements at VFW halls in
1999 in Long Island alongside acts like Thursday and Midtown before transitioning into mainstream
icons via hit singles such
as “MakeDamnSure” and “Set Phaser
s To Stun.” After losing a few
members
following the release of their breakthrough debut album
Tell All Your Friends
, the group reunited with
their original lineup of Lazzara, guitarists John Nolan and Eddie Reyes, bassist
Shaun Cooper and
drummer Mark O’Connell six years ago shortly before the creation of 2011’s self
titled album.
Correspondingly
Tidal Wave
is not only the follow
up to 2014’s
Happiness Is
but also marks the first
time the group have ever made three consecut
ive albums with the same lineup
.
For
Tidal Wave,
the
band also brought back p
roducer Mike Sapone and mixer Claudius Mittendorfer
,
who both worked on
Happiness Is
.
“I think with this album we all really learned to trust each other with our ideas and that’s
something that took a while to cultivate when we first got back together,” Nolan admits. “There is no
way these songs would have come out the way it did if we didn’t believe that each member’s ideas were
worth bringing to the table.”
Tidal Wave
also mar
ks the first time that Taking Back Sunday wrote in the studio as they recorded and
having that type of fluidity when it came to the songwriting also lent itself to heightened collaboration
and creativity throughout the process. “It was really amazing to be
able to write in the studio because
we could come up with an idea, perform it and then listen back to it immediately instead of feeling
boxed in by what we did on demos,” Lazzara explains. “Every song was up for being changed or
rewritten when we were in
the studio, which was an approach that Adam really encouraged, and
nothing was ever set in stone in the sense that if someone had any idea for how to make a song better
we would give it a shot,” Nolan adds. “That approach has potential to be really disastr
ous but we were
fortunate enough to see everything through and use our collective judgment to take things to the next
level.” Nolan specifically cites ‘Homecoming’ as a song the band constantly kept returning to in order
to finally achieve the version that
‘s present on
Tidal Wave
.
In many ways the album showcases the strengths of Taking Back Sunday’s musical evolution from the
blazing opener “Death Wolf” to the orchestrally tinged ballad “Fences” and syncopated anthem “Call
Come Running.” However as state
d earlier there are also plenty of surprises on
Tidal Wave
such as the
four
on
the
floor title track which sees them channeling the Clash both sonically and energetically. “I
think this idea of making songs that we wrote for ourselves started with
Happines
s Is
and since the
reaction to that album was so positive it really encouraged us to take that a step further with this
album,” Nolan explains. Furthermore songs like “You Can’t Look Back” see Lazzara taking his vocals
to stratospheric new levels in order
to elevate these songs to a whole other plane of existence. “In the
same spirit of being fearless when it came to the music, I tried to lean on the influence of some of my
favorite singers on this album,” Lazzara explains. Case in point, during “Holy Water
” it seems as if he
is digging so deep that the song is the sonic equivalent of a bittersweet punch to the gut.
Admittedly the process of making
Tidal Wave
wasn’t easy but ultimately the best art doesn’t come out
of stagnancy and the band couldn’t be hap
pier with the final product. “We pushed ourselves so hard that
when I listen back to this album now I don’t second
guess any of it,” Lazzara explains. “I just sit back
and think about how glad I am that we put ourselves through that because without that
pe
rsistence this
record never would have evolved to what it eventually became.” Sure, it may seem ironic that Taking
Back Sunday have transcended the emo tag right when the genre is undergoing a resurgence
but if
you really think about it, those types of d
ecisions are exactly what have kept the band relevant. “I do so
many interviews now where I get asked about the emo revival and I’m like, ‘
what
are you talking
about? We never slowed down and we never quit,” he summarizes. “I think this record is going to
help
us reconnect with our old fans as well as cross paths with some new ones but in the end we wrote it for
ourselves sand we couldn’t be happier with it.”
In other words when Lazzara
sings, “It’s taken me all this time to see… I’m coming home” on the
acoustic showstopper “Homecoming” it’s not just about geography, it also parallels the next exciting
chapter in Taking Back Sunday’s career. Welcome back, guys
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