John Nolan and Eddie Reyes recently talked to GuitarWorld. Guitar enthusiasts will enjoy the first half of the interview, but all will be interested to see what they said in this excerpt of the second half:
Eddie, with the Tell All Your Friends lineup back in tact after seven years apart, did you feel any pressures going into the studio to record the new CD?
ER: In my opinion, we did and we didn't. I felt good. I was nervous about them learning the other material that they weren't involved with, but I knew they were going to do fine and make those songs sound the way they would have sounded, if they had continued playing with us throughout the years.
John, how was the recording process for you?
JN: We actually had about 18 songs ready when we got together with the producer (Eric Valentine). We started to shave the list down little by little but started writing other songs, too. So there were plenty of songs going in. Eric helped arrange our parts. He has this way of weaving those parts together in a way that we wouldn't have been able to do on our own.
Eddie, you and Mark have been the constant members of Taking Back Sunday since 1999. Your thoughts on the reunion?
ER: It's been amazing. I felt like the band was dying and we did everything we could to keep the flow by recruiting different members and convincing ourselves that all was OK when it really wasn't. When John and Shaun came back, it felt like my brothers, my best friends, were back. It feels good having them back.
John, what are your thoughts about returning to the fold?
JN: It's been great. It's been kind of a crazy ride. It was something we all needed again. We spent the first couple of weeks together writing. Songs kept coming and coming, and things flowed so easily. It's been a great experience.
Today, Taking Back Sunday announced that the first single of its upcoming self-titled album, Faith (When I Let You Down), will be included on the soundtrack for Transformers: Dark of the Moon. You can pre-order the album here. The track list for the album is below:
1. Linkin Park - Iridescent
2. Paramore - Monster
3. My Chemical Romance - The Only Hope for Me Is You
4. Taking Back Sunday - Faith (When I Let You Down)
5. Staind - The Bottom
6. Art of Dying - Get Thru This
7. Goo Goo Dolls - All That You Are
8. Theory of a Deadman - Head Above Water
9. Black Veil Brides - Set the World on Fire
10. Skillet - Alive & Awake (Remix)
11. Mastodon - Just Got Paid
The iTunes Deluxe Version of the CD will also include Biffy Clyro - Many of Horror, Stone Sour - The Pessimist, and Serj Tankian - Gate 21. The Gamestop version of the CD will also include Middle Class Rut - Lifelong Dayshift and D.R.U.G.S. - Graveyard Dancing.
The third poster art that will be included with the special edition bundle of Taking Back Sunday's upcoming self-titled album has been released. This art was designed by TBS' lead singer Adam Lazzara for the song "Since You're Gone." Check it out below:
Taking Back Sunday traveled across the pond to play in Nottingham on May 19th and London on May 20th. More dates were originally scheduled, but the band had to push a few shows to later in the summer due to Adam losing his voice.
Yesterday, the band posted its setlist for the show online; you can view it below:
A Kerrang! Podcast with Taking Back Sunday has been released; you can watch the interview below:
BREAKING: For the fifth time as a band, Taking Back Sunday will be appearing on the cover of Alternative Press magazine next month! The magazine promises to cover the "complete tell-all oral history of Taking Back Sunday," including new details about the departure of John Nolan and Shaun Cooper back in 2003. There will be TWO COVERS:
So far, Alternative Press has revealed the following juicy excerpts from the interviews:
ANGEL JUARBE, FORMER SALES/A&R, VICTORY RECORDS: Before the band got going again, Adam spent a tremendous amount of time in our apartment just drinking. He'd sit around by himself, just drinking a bottle of Jack. He barely went out; he'd just get completely wasted. We'd have conversations, and he'd talk about how shitty he's acted with John and Michelle and [how] he wished he could change this or that. But then he'd blame John, and say John wanted to control things in the band, and he didn't want it…But there did become a point where him, Mark [O’Connell] and Eddie [Reyes] got together and said they wanted to keep the band going.
RANDY NICHOLS, FOUNDER, FORCE MEDIA MANAGEMENT: John [Nolan] and Michelle ended up living with me in a house in Rockville Centre after the split…It was this mix of emotions daily: “Holy crap, I can't believe this has happened” to “Yeah, this makes perfect sense” to “This band's done” to “There's no way they're gonna stop.”
MARK O’CONNELL: I started writing with John and Shaun. John had "Existentialism On Prom Night" already, but I put all the drums together. The first Straylight Run demo was me playing drums on it. John went away to England with Brand New, and when he was away, I made the decision to stay with Taking Back Sunday. It was weird; I called him and was like, “I'm gonna stay, dude. Why don't you fucking work this out?” And he just didn't want anything to do with it. I never blamed John for quitting, though. He's such an awesome, nice person that I feel everything he does is for a reason.
SHAUN COOPER: I kind of always knew [Mark’s] heart was in Taking Back Sunday. I remember we were doing some [Straylight Run] demos right away, and he didn't like a lot of the weird sounds John and I thought were awesome. I think the Straylight stuff would have made him miserable, especially the more experimental we got later on. I think I kind of knew in the back of my mind that he wasn't going to love everything John and I wanted to do with the band.
O’CONNELL: I was so confused. I had John and Shaun going, “Come be in the band with us. Come be with your friends,” but I was torn, because I had Eddie [Reyes]. In my mind, I'm going, “If it wasn't for Eddie, where would I be in my life?” That man is such a good person and good friend, I felt bad about leaving that. I think at first they said to Eddie to come with them, too, but he didn't want to. Eddie had been in so many bands and he finally did it—he finally fucking made it, and he's like, “These guys are quitting and I'm going to start over again?” The guy was, like 33, and didn't want to leave. He wanted to keep Taking Back Sunday going. So I was torn.
EDDIE REYES: Thank God I talked Mark into coming back, or helping him decide whether he was going to stay. Other drummers were already hitting us up, but I said I wanted to be in the band with Mark. He's one of my best friends, and one of the best drummers ever. He’s an amazing guy, and definitely one of the hardest-hitting, monster drummers on the planet.
NEIL RUBENSTEIN, TOUR MANAGER 2002-2003: It was a shock that Taking Back Sunday continued on without John and Sean. Maybe that's where some backlash came in. Up until that point, people had given Eddie a lot of grief. But from that point on, it was like, “It's cool for Eddie, because he's persevering, but it's fucked up for Adam,” because Adam was just the bad guy. I feel like a lot of people didn't talk for a long time.
ADAM LAZZARA: At first I felt kind of lost. Jesse [Lacey]'s being very vocal [about how terrible I am], and I was like, “Why's he doing this? Why's he trying to get all these people mad at me?” I guess what he was trying to do was make it to where I'd just go away. At the time, I didn't know what to do or what else to do. I didn't have a lot of friends at that point—I'd pissed a lot of people off at that point—so I just tried to hide.
Adam Lazzara and John Nolan appeared today on BBC Radio for a 30 minute segment that included wide-ranging conversation and airplay of two of their new songs, El Paso and Faith.
New TBSHub contributor Cody managed to record their appearance, and you can listen to it by right clicking here here and choosing "Save As..."
You can also find this file and many others on our Audio page!
Taking Back Sunday has unveiled the second poster art that will come with the limited edition bundle for the band's upcoming self-titled album on June 28:
As you may be able to tell from the lyrics on the poster, this art is for the first song on the album, El Paso. To find out how you can purchase the bundle, visit the band's website.
At Bamboozle, Taking Back Sunday talked to Steven Smith from the Macbeth Shoes & Keep a Breast tour bus. Among other things, the band revealed that they will be trying to work in a couple other Straylight Run songs into their sets (besides Existentialism on Prom Night):
Speaking of shoes, you can win one of three Taking Back Sunday shoes in a new contest by Merch for Life and Solemusic. Find out the details here