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After seven years of waiting, Taking Back Sunday surprised fans with a full-length album, 152, this past October via Fantasy and now they are taking the record to the road with a stacked 37-date tour series across North America. Taking Back Sunday will be accompanied by the American indie rock band Citizen for a legendary return to stages.

Taking Back Sunday have been rocking the music industry since 1999, being one of the leading bands of the 2000's emo scene. Orginating from Long Island, New York, the current and touring lineup consists of John Nolan (lead guitar, piano, vocals), Adam Lazzara (lead vocals), Shaun Cooper (bass), and Mark O'Connell (drums). The band formed in Amityville, New York, stealing their name from a song by the Long Island band The Waiting Process. The band remained unsigned for three years until eventually signing to Victory in late 2001. The band would sign to various other record labels throughout their career before maintaing independence again in 2019 after leaving Hopeless Records. In June 2023, the band released their first orginial new music in over four years, a single titled "The One." Shortly after, the band released their first full-length project since 2016 via Fanatsy Records entitled 152.

152 is a continuation of Taking Back Sunday's consistent discography. The album is stockpiled with punk rock melodies infusing elements of alternative rock and pop punk styles track after track. The album warmly welcomes back fans after almost a decade with its opening track "Amphetamine Smiles." The acoustic composition serenades listeners, reminding supporters of their adoration for the empathetic, emotionally-driven themes Taking Back Sunday songs poetically depict, however, don't let the first song throw you off. "S'old" proceeds by restablishing the hardcore, emocore roots of Taking Back Sunday with its raunchy, fast-tempo, energetic rock sound.

The instrumentation of 152 is another dynamic journey through Taking Back Sunday's evolution stylistically. The latest album is the first studio recording without supporting guitarist, Eddie Reyes, yet, the intricate guitar layering Taking Back Sunday have become popularized for continues to shine through with this release. Tracks such as "I Am The Only One Who Knows" and "New Music Friday," offer a refreshing listening experience for those using headphones, with the bass and guitar tracks building off one another almost responsively, alongside complimentory memorable riffs throughout. The entire album is stacked with powerful drum patterns including tempo changes, intricate fills, and shifts between drumming techniques. Taking Back Sunday Drummer, Mark O'Connell, often utilizes dynamics effectively, switching between loud, forceful sections and softer, more subdued moments to create contrast and emphasize in different parts of the music. As always, O'Connell continues to intertwine creative drum fills into every track, a component practically essential to the bands sound.

Overall, 152 showcases the band's ability to seamlessly switch between heavy guitar-driven sections and softer, more melodic passages. The use of distorted power chords and palm-muted rhythms adds to the aggressive and edgy nature of the band as a whole, making this release another consistent, fan-favorite within the scene. Lyrically, 152 captures the signature introspective and emotionally charged style of Taking Back Sunday, touching on themes of self-discovery, personal growth, and the struggles of relationships. The vocal structure of lead singer, Adam Lazzara, provides songs with a sense of urgency and vulernability, with dual vocals between Nolan and Lazzara adding an addtional depth to the productions.

The band's upcoming tour to promote152 is expected to be as spectacular and unforgettable as their past headlining performances. After touring North America as a supporting act in 2022, Taking Back Sunday are anticipating numerous sold out shows across the continent. Pre-sale for the tour series already began on December 6, 2023 with general on-sales hitting the mark today, December 8, 2023, at 10 AM. VIP upgrades are additionally being sold, offering fans the opportunity hear the band discuss the creative process behind 152 in-depth. Snag tickets below before it's too late and get ready to reminisce the 2000's emo scene with Taking Back Sunday this Spring and Summer!


12/13 - Wantagh, NY - Mulcahy's Pub and Concert Hall (Holiday Spectacular)

12/14 - Wantagh, NY - Mulcahy's Pub and Concert Hall (Holiday Spectacular)

12/15 - Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom (Holiday Spectacular)

12/16 - Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom (Holiday Spectacular)


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