Adam Lazzara and John Nolan of [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Taking Back Sunday[/lastfm] stopped by the KROQ Studios Monday afternoon for an acoustic performance the day before their eponymous album Taking Back Sunday was released. Their new album hit stores today, and it’s the first time that this lineup has put an album out together since their 2002 release Tell All Your Friends.
Following the release of Tell All Your Friends, the band went through a few lineup changes after two of the members branched off to form the band [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Straylight Run[/lastfm]. Last year, it was announced that members of the band were leaving, and it was speculated (and later confirmed) that the original Taking Back Sunday would be reuniting, even after the tension that existed between the former members in years prior. The lineup was back to it’s original status: Adam Lazzara on vocals, John Nolan and Eddie Reyes on guitars, Shaun Cooper on bass and Mark O’Connell on drums.
They’ve had a number of hits over the years, including “Cute Without The E (Cut From The Team),” “You’re So Last Summer,” “A Decade Under The Influence,” “MakeDamnSure” and several more, even a few tracks that appeared in movies like Transformers and Spider-Man 2. It’s great to see them back together and seemingly more confident than ever, I guess that’s what happens when you get back in your comfort zone.
The first track the guys played was “Best Places To Be A Mom,” a song off their new album, which also had a demo version released in November 2010. Lazzara was quick to point out that “Norway is the best place to be a mom due to the maternity leave. I read that online,” to which Nolan replied “good to know” with a quick chuckle before they counted off into the song.
Instead of diving into another song off their new self-titled album, they elected to perform a song off their album Where You Want To Be, titled “Your Own Disaster,” which was released as a bonus track in Japan.[pullquote quote="this song is called 'Your Own Disaster.' It's old. It's super f**king old." credit="Adam Lazzara"] As Lazzara stated, “this song is called ‘Your Own Disaster.’ It’s old. It’s super f**king old.” As a long-time TBS fan, I was stoked that they were coming back to some of their older material. While I would have loved for them to perform “Cute Without The E (Cut From The Team),” this song still was a good trip back down memory lane.
The best part about having these guys in was their laid-back charisma and ability to make the littlest things funny. Studio R, which is where we normally film bands when they come in and perform, is currently under construction, so we had them playing in a corner by a bunch of empty cubicles. They were totally good sports about it and were light-hearted enough to make some jokes before going into their final song, “Faith (When I Let You Down),” which is another track off their new album.