Taking Back Sunday Biography

‘Why can’t you just be happy?’ state Taking Back Sunday on their skateboarding trick-referencing ‘One-Eighty By Summer’ (from 2004’s Where You Want To Be). Setting such sentiments to a juxtaposition of Southern Cali post-punk, nu metal and old school hardcore, the Amityville, New York, USA-formed group produce a music that is as energetic and sparky as it is angsty and smarting.

Initiated in 1999, by Movielife guitarist Ed Reyes (Edward Reyes, 19 November 1972, Amityville, New York, USA), the original line-up included John Nolan (b. 24 February 1978, Rockville Centre, New York, USA; guitar/vocals), Antonio Longo (vocals) and Jesse Lacey (b. 10 July 1978, Long Island, New York, USA; bass/vocals). This edition of the band released a self-titled EP in 2001 before Longo and Lacey were replaced by Adam Lazzara (b. 22 September 1981, Sheffield, Alabama, USA; vocals) and Shaun Cooper (b. 12 November 1980, USA; bass). The new look quintet recorded the full-length Tell All Your Friends, released a year later, but this line-up was soon to implode after Lazzara’s relationship with John Nolan’s sometime-vocalist sister Michelle Nolan came to an end. John Nolan and bass player Shaun Cooper left Taking Back Sunday to form Straylight Run with erred sister Michelle, an event that was possibly referenced in Taking Back Sunday's ‘The Union’.

The band coalesced around the line-up of Reyes, Lazzara, Fred Mascherino (b. 27 July 1975, Coatesville, Pennsylvania, USA; guitar/vocals), Mark O’Connell (drums) and Matt Rubano (b. Matthew Rosco Rubano, 19 March 1977, Baldwin, New York, USA; bass) to create follow-up Where You Want To Be with Sugar / Goo Goo Dolls producer Lou Giordano. Released in summer 2004, Where You Want To Be sold 163, 000 copies in the first week alone, reaching number 3 in the Billboard Top 200 and generating the hit single ‘A Decade Under The Influence’.

Shifting from Victory to Warner Brothers Records, Taking Back Sunday released the Eric Valentine-produced Louder Now in April 2006. The band notably contributed ‘This Photograph Is Proof (I Know You Know)’ and ‘Error Operator’ to the Spider-Man 2 and Fantastic Four original soundtrack recordings, respectively. Despite this suggested connection, Taking Back Sunday seem remarkably three dimensional in a genre (emo punk) that can frequently seem utterly cartoon-like.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.