TAKING BACK SUNDAY
Taking Back Sunday got their start in 1999, when a group of friends from Long Island, New York, brought together a new synthesis of punk, alternative and emo rock into a compelling package that has netted them immense commercial success. The band's current members, vocalist Adam Lazzara, guitarists John Nolan and Eddie Reyes, bassist Shaun Cooper and drummer Mark O'Connell have grown into one of the most popular rock acts on tour today that has been able to bridge the line between rock and pop while still staying true to their punk roots.
After experiencing a major lineup change in the early 2000s, Taking Back Sunday released their first studio album in 2002 on Victory Records dubbed Tell All Your Friends. The album was hit in independent music circles and featured the catchy singles, "Cute Without the E" and "You're So Last Summer." But it wasn't until the band's 2004 release, Where You Want to Be, that the group first hit the national airwaves in force. Their sophomore album would reach No. 3 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and would be gold-certified by the end of 2004.
The success of Taking Back Sunday's second album catapulted them to mainstream success and also made a noticeable change in their sound. In 2005, the band released Louder Now, now a multi-platinum record that featured the pop hooks that the group was known for, but with a bit more harmonic sounds that strayed from their emo roots. The record featured "MakeDamnSure," their highest-charting single to date which peaked at No. 48 on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart. Their fourth album, New Again, would expand upon this new sound in a big way, creating one of Taking Back Sunday's most recognizable tracks, "Sink Into Me."
After going through a series of lineup changes over the years, the band returned to its current, and classic, format in 2010 and began work on their fifth studio album. The band's self-titled effort, Taking Back Sunday, dropped in 2011. The record was a refreshing mix of the band's classic emo sound with the poppy choruses that fans had grown to love. With their celebrity bigger than ever, Taking Back Sunday has hit the road again and is now one of the biggest touring acts on stages all over the world. Fans are eagerly awaiting their sixth studio album and believe that the group's best work still lies ahead of them.