Taking Back Sunday will have a new album in stores, July of 2004. It will be the first since their major debut, Tell All Your Friends that brought them from obscurity to headlining gigs all over the country. Lou Giordano (Sugar, Husker Du, Sunny Day Real Estate, and Belly) was brought on board to produce the effort.
- Guitarist and founding member Eddie Reyes says, “recording with Lou is like being in school again because he is a teacher and you learn so much from him. The new album is still very Taking Back Sunday but more mature and more rock and roll,” continues Reyes. “I know every band says that but for real, it’ll kick you in the balls. The first record was written for fun and the love of music, no expectations. Even though it’s done more than we ever expected, I still tried to go into the second record the same exact way. We’re all here to have fun, hopefully the audience will enjoy it and feel the same way.”
- After wrapping up recording on the east coast some time in April, Taking Back Sunday will headline this year’s annual sold-out Skate and Surf Festival in New Jersey on April 17 before starting a month of dates
supporting Blink-182 and Cypress Hill throughout May. Next they head to the UK for their first trip outside North America to play the Donnington Download Festival with Metallica and continue on a string of soon to be sold-out headlining dates including two shows at London’s legendary Astoria. The band then returns to the US as one of this year’s headliners on the Vans Warped Tour 10th anniversary trek beginning in Houston TX on June 25 and concluding in Boston, MA on August 19.
I have said it before, that this will be an interesting release from Taking Back Sunday because they no longer have John Nolan doing the guitar work and the backup vocals after he left the band (under vague circumstances) to start up Straylight Run. Discounting the contributions of Nolan would be a big mistake I think. That being said, it isn’t out of the realm of possibility that this release will be good. I do have no doubt that it will sound different than the very high school-y debut.
(This was first posted at RockDummy.com)