Taking Back Sunday

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Taking Back Sunday
Taking Back Sunday

Taking Back Sunday redefines the rock sub-genre inexorably referred to as "emo", delivering obsessive dual vocals and guitar attack that has combines the ferocity of rock, the intensity of punk and an urgency all their own. Since the early 2000, the band has been recording, writing, and touring. Vocalist Adam Lazzara joined the band to play bass, but fate stepped in and he became the band's lead vocalist.



The Amityville, New York band Taking Back Sunday was formed in 1999 with members John Nolan, Jesse Lacey, Eddie Reyes, Mark O'Connell and Hannah Brunson. They started with a five-song self-titled debut album EP on 2001 but received little fanfare. A change in their line-up occured when Hannah Brunson and Jesse Lacey were replaced by Adam Lazzara and Shaun Copper. After the mediocre sale of their album, they released a follow-up Tell All Your Friends, where they had their first taste of success through its single, Cute Without the E (Cut From The Team). After the relase, they started playing with more national acts like Jimmy Eats World, The Used, Saves The Day and Brand New. Another change in their line-up happened when vocalist/guitarist John Nolan and bassist Shaun Copper left Taking Back Sunday and formed Starlight Run. Adam Lazzara moved ranks as the band's lead frontman with the additions of bassist Matt Rubano and [[guitarist/vocals [[Fred Mascherino.

Taking Back Sunday proved to be successful in 2004 when they opened for Blink 182 and became the main headlines at the Vans Warped Tour. Alsu, that same year, their second album Where You Want To Be was released. Filled with their dual-voice trademark and guiter-driven songs lf blame, love, hate and greed, they connected with their listening audience the same way they did in their previous album. The hit single A Decede Under The Influence, which was immediately chosen by the band as their first single, put the album straight to number 3 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Sold over 163,000 units on its first week, Taking Back Sunday was named the highest selling rock band in the U.S. for the week. Prior to the release of the album, they released an album track title This Photograph Is Proof (I Know You Know) on the hugely successful Spider-Man 2 soundtrack. Where You Want To Be remained on the Billboard chart for 24 weeks.

Louder Now was released on April 25, 2006 as Taking Back Sunday's third effort under a new label, Warner Brothers. They received mainstream xposure by appearing on several late night shows. They participated in a 2-day Give It A Name indoor rock festival and played on the 29th and 30th of April, 2006.During the first song of their set on the second day of the concert, Adam Lazzara accidentally hit bassist, Matt Rubano with his microphone. Rubano was sent backstage for first aid and returned with a huge head bandage and a noticeable amount of blood on his head.

The Band

Member Information
Adam Lazzara
  • On Lead Vocals
Matthew Fazzi
  • On Guitar and Backing Vocals
Eddie Reyes
  • On guitar
Mark O’Connell
  • On Drums
Matt Rubano
  • On bass

Chart Toppers

Year Single US Hot 100 U.S. Modern Rock UK Singles Chart Album
2004 A Decade Under the Influence ~ 16 70 Where You Want To Be
This Photograph is Proof ~ 3 ~ Where You Want to Be
2006 MakeDamnSure 48 8 36 Louder Now


  • On December 12th, Taking Back Sunday will be releasing their first offical DVD in two different covers.
  • Taking Back Sunday will be featured in one of the webisodes (miniature online episodes) entitled Degrassi Minis, which was confimred by the show's executive producer, Stephen Stohn.

Tours & Concerts

Dec 2006

  • Seattle, WA (Deck The Hall Ball) Key Arena
  • Grand Prairie, TX (EDGE Christmas) Nokia Theatre
  • San Diego, CA (91X Nightmare Before XMas) San Diego Sports Arena
  • Glendale, AZ (How the EDGE Stole Christmas) Jobing.com Arena (formerly Glendale Arena)
  • Detroit, MI (The Night 89X Stole Christmas) Cobo Arena



Album Information
Tell All Your Friends
  • Released March 26, 2002
  • Under Victory Records
Where You Want To Be
  • Released July 27, 2004
  • Under Victory Records
Louder Now
  • Released April 25, 2006
  • Under Warner Brothers


Year Song Album
2002 Timberwolves at New Jersey Tell All Your Friends
Great Romances of the 20th Century Tell All Your Friends
Cute Without the 'E' (Cut From the Team) Tell All Your Friends
2003 You're So Last Summer Tell All Your Friends
2004 A Decade Under the Influence Where You Want To Be
This Photograph is Proof Where You Want To Be
2005 Set Phasers to Stun Where You Want To Be
2006 MakeDamnSure Louder Now
Twenty-Twenty Surgery(UK) Louder Now
Liar (It Takes One To Know One)(US) Louder Now

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  • FUSE and MAXIM declared Taking Back Sunday number 1 Rising Star in 2004.
  • Spin off the album Louder Now is featured in a Madden NFL 2007, which was released in August 22, 2006.
  • When writing songs, Taking Back Sunday record first their melody and then write the lyrics.
  • In every album cover of Taking Back Sunday has the number 152 in it. It represents the exit at North Carolina, which is the pit stop on their way to concerts or back home of Adam Lazzara, and former friends before joining the band.
  • In the song Follow the Format, the lyrics "What's another word for? (I don't need to hear it from you)" are rumoured to be connected to Straylight Run's song Another Word For Desperate.
  • The band name came from a song title from a band The Waiting Process.

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