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Long Island, New York (1999 – present)

Taking Back Sunday are an band originally formed in Long Island, New York in 1999. The band has gone through several lineup changes. Their first release came in 2001 with the Taking Back Sunday EP, and featured Antonio Longo on vocals, John Nolan on guitar and backing vocals, Eddie Reyes on guitar (the original founder of the band), Jesse Lacey, Adam Lazzara and Mark O’Connell replaced Stevie D) they released the follow-up album Tell All Your Friends, which was produced by Sal Villaneuva. The album gave the band a first taste of success in the scene. After the release, they played with bands such as Brand New (formed by former bassist Jesse Lacey) and The Used, as well as performing as a short stint on the 2003 Vans Warped Tour. Another change in their lineup occurred when singer/guitarist John Nolan and bassist Shaun Cooper left the band and formed what is now Straylight Run. Because of these departures, the band’s future was in doubt for some time. However, with the additions of guitarist/vocalist Fred Mascherino and bassist Matt Rubano, the band became stabilized.

The year 2004 proved to be a successful year for Taking Back Sunday, with the band opening for blink-182 and being one of the main headliners for the Vans Warped Tour. In addition, their second album, titled Where You Want to Be, was released on July 27, 2004 on Victory Records. This album had a different sound than Tell All Your Friends. Propelled by the single A Decade Under The Influence, Where You Want to Be went on to debut at the #3 spot on the Billboard 200 albums chart, with sales of around 163,000 copies.

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  • defnoob

    It blows my mind that the video for A Decade is under the influence is a decade old now. I remember watching it on Fuse back when I was fourteen, and really enjoying the bands energy and the lyrics.

    14 Apr 7:39am Reply
  • thompsonjohn

    "New Again" is personally my favorite record they've done yet. A lot of really great songs on that record, "Everything Must Go" is already classic as far as I'm concerned, it may be one the top 5 songs they've ever written.

    4 Apr 8:40pm Reply
  • goldlionsfire

    I love all their albums (except New Again, because I've been too nervous to try it yet) but man, Louder Now will always be IT for me.

    2 Apr 5:04am Reply
  • spunge666

    Why all the hate for the ST album, it is better than 'Happiness is' but then 'Happiness is' is still better than Louder Now and New Again.

    29 Mar 7:41pm Reply
  • xtoolx

    very good album.

    28 Mar 2:26pm Reply
  • bobo9390

    new album is good

    23 Mar 10:35pm Reply
  • hockeymatt2727

    new song They Dont Have Any Friends is the beezneez

    22 Mar 12:26am Reply
  • thompsonjohn

    "Stood A Chance" stands up to just about any other of their most popular singles if you ask me. I love the track, catchy as hell. Then again I've always preferred "Where You Want to Be" instead of "Tell All Your Friends", despite the fact that I like the 'classic' line-up more than the line-up with Fred on guitar.

    21 Mar 4:37am Reply
  • cooljessedude

    Loving this so far. I think it might have some lasting value, maybe?

    21 Mar 3:23am Reply
  • Cammy150

    Really enjoy the new album. Beat up car and Better homes and gardens to be specific!

    20 Mar 6:26pm Reply
  • paintweather

    new album is super unremarkable :/

    20 Mar 3:38am Reply
  • culley96

    New album is better than the self-titled, but it's not great. It's not that it's terrible, but it's nothing like WWYB or TAYF. The tracks are just really forgettable and cliche, for the most part. Their are a few good ones though. Where You Want To Be > Tell All Your Friends > Louder Now > New Again > Happiness Is > Self-Titled

    20 Mar 12:59am Reply
  • nightswatch

    too soon to judge, but I think self titled remains the strongest work

    19 Mar 4:11am Reply
  • HorrorChemical

    They are getting their groove back. Enjoy they are still making music, but some people are mad about everything.

    19 Mar 1:39am Reply
  • CPwn

    Album has some key tracks, but overall pretty bland. I feel like I could be putting my time to better use when I listen to it.

    18 Mar 6:17am Reply
  • thompsonjohn

    I prefer Nolan in the band rather than Fred, despite "Where You Want to Be" probably being my favorite album, I feel like the "classic" line-up has a better dynamic and get along a hell of a lot better than the "Louder Now"-era did.

    18 Mar 3:11am Reply
  • rachaelc1878

    After a first listen through I'm really liking the new album.

    17 Mar 12:50pm Reply
  • giggle_loop

    Not feeling the Happiness. Far too poppy and forgettable. I actually really loved their S/T, so I had high hopes for a continuation of that sort of material, but they seem to have retreated to sans Nolan territory.

    16 Mar 9:23pm Reply
  • thompsonjohn

    By the way, this whole "New Again" bashing I just don't get it. Not only are most if not like 80-90% of the tracks very good, the maturity as far as song writing goes started with "New Again" if you ask me and this also led the to "classic" line-up reforming. Not to mention it contains the best song they've written to this date in my opinion which is "Everything Must Go." I guess it will go down as the most criminally underrated and overlooked album in the Taking Back Sunday catalog as they were in a transitional period.

    16 Mar 2:52am Reply
  • thompsonjohn

    It may sound a bit like Brand New to you because Brand New's longtime producer Mike Sapone produced "Happiness Is." As far as the album itself goes, here's how I would rank it: Not as good as "New Again", better than "Louder Now" which is my personal least favorite record of theirs. I would say "Happiness Is" is just about on par with the 2011 self-titled.

    16 Mar 2:08am Reply
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