TBS Announces Support for North American Summer Tour!

Starting in June, Taking Back Sunday will be going on tour in North America! While the band hasn't confirmed any dates yet, the band today announced that Thursday and Colour Revolt will be joining them as supporting acts, as well as The New Regime and We Are the In Crowd on select dates.

More info as it comes!

TBS to Play Olé Music Festival in San Diego on May 5

Taking Back Sunday has just announced a new tour date: the Olé Music Festival in San Diego, CA, on May 5. The concert will take place in the Jenny Craig Pavilion at the University of San Diego, and proceeds will benefit Invisible Children. For more information, click here.

Shaun Cooper Talks About New Album

In an interview with the University of Warwick's (UK) student newspaper, bassist Shaun Cooper sheds some light on Taking Back Sunday's approach to and plans for the song "El Paso":

The new single, ‘El Paso’, sounds a lot heavier than anything you’ve done before. Is the record a natural progression from New Again [Taking Back Sunday’s most recent studio album] or will the album be a return to the old sound?

First of all, it’s not gonna’ be our first single. It’s just kinda’ a little teaser track, to throw people through the loop a bit, for fun. We plan to follow up with a proper single that’s gonna be a little bit more poppy. [El Paso] was basically the product of a couple of riffs that Mark [O’Connell, Drums], and Eddie [Reyes, Guitar] had written on guitar. We thought that was really important, to showcase right out of the gate, because their music writing was so important to the sound of the Tell All Your Friends record and also on Where You Want to Be [TBS’s 2nd studio album]. The band started straying from that after that, so we wanted to say “Hey, this is a return to the focus of you guys writing.” And they’re the heart and soul of Taking Back Sunday. We really wanted to showcase that, right off the bat.

Later in the interview, Cooper noted that the song "Faith," which TBS debuted at a show in Hoboken, NJ, will be the band's first single. In another interesting excerpt, Cooper discusses how the band's approach to writing has changed since he and John Nolan re-joined the band:

With John Nolan [Vocals, Lead Guitar] and your return to the band last year, how do you think the writing process has changed?

Well, because I wasn’t there, based on what the others guys have said, the band was less and less collaborative. There was a bit more of a dictatorship going on with different players in the band. Writing their own material, bringing it to the band and saying “Oh hey, I want the band to sound this way”. I think the biggest thing with me coming back is all five of us get to write, all five of us contribute huge amounts, and it’s that collaboration that makes us sound so unique.

For the rest of the interview, click here.

Studio Version of "Best Places to Be a Mom" Now Streaming!

BREAKING: The studio version of Best Places to Be a Mom has been released! You can listen to it below:

You can also purchase the song, along with tracks from Angels & Airwaves, Black Cards, Patrick Stump, Plain White T's, and more, by donating $10 for tsunami relief in Japan on that website.

Taking Back Sunday's New Album Tracklist, Artwork, and MORE Revealed!

It's a big news day for Taking Back Sunday! Today, the band released the official tracklist for its upcoming self-titled album:

1. El Paso
2. Faith (When I Let You Down)
3. Best Places to Be A Mom
4. Sad Savior
5. Who Are You Anyway?
6. Money (Let It Go)
7. This Is All Now
8. It Doesn’t Feel A Thing Like Falling
9. Since You’re Gone
10. You Got Me
11. Call Me In The Morning

Taking Back Sunday also released the artwork for the CD:

Finally, the band announced that it will be releasing a special edition bundle for the CD. The bundle includes a bonus disc with 6 demos AND band commentary about how they chose the final songs on the CD and how they approached the writing and recording process; 11 1x1 posters with art inspired by each song on the album; and a copy of lyrics handwritten by Adam on the back of the posters. Furthermore, each bundle will be signed by the entire band, and upon pre-ordering the bundle, fans will be able to instantly download the new song "El Paso"!

In a tweet, the band explained the demos on the bonus disc: "The demos on the bundle are different tracks than what is on the album, so essentially all bonus tracks in different stages of development."Furthermore, on the pre-order page, the band explains that 3 of the songs are "raw demos from the El Paso Sessions," while 3 of the songs are "producer demos from the Eric Valentine Sessions."

As we previously announced, the CD will be released on June 28th, 2011.

To pre-order the bundle, click here!

EDIT: At this link you'll find yet another video update shot by Taking Back Sunday, this time to promote the new CD pre-order bundle.

Taking Back Sunday Video Update (about El Paso, UK Tour, and more)

Taking Back Sunday has released another video update, in which they discuss their soon-to-be-released video for El Paso, as well as their upcoming UK tour. Check it out below!

TBS Tour Notes: Estero, FL, 4/8/2011

On Friday, April 8th, 2011, Taking Back Sunday performed at Florida Gulf Coast University's annual "Nest Fest" alongside 30H!3, Jack's Mannequin, and The Maine. The band again performed its new song "El Paso," and a video of the performance is below:

Other Videos:
El Paso (Another version)
A Decade Under the Influence
You Know How I Do
Liar (It Takes One to Know One) (somewhat poor quality)

TBS Tour Notes: Hoboken, NJ, 4/6/2011

Today we're launching a new feature on TBSHub.com called "tour notes." We'll be posting the setlists, videos, and other relevant details from many of Taking Back Sunday's tour stops.

Tonight, Taking Back Sunday played one of its first shows since John Nolan and Shaun Cooper rejoined the band last year. This was a very small, intimate show that was apparently being video recorded by the band. Tonight marks the first show where the band's new song "El Paso" was played. The band also debuted "Don't Lose Faith in Me," played the song "Best Places to Be a Mom" (which was released in demo form late last year), and performed Straylight Run's song "Existentialism on Prom Night."

Below, watch a video of the band playing their new song "Don't Lose Faith in Me":

Other videos:
One-Eighty by Summer
Existentialism on Prom Night
There's No 'I' In Team

The full setlist is also below (El Paso was played multiple times for video purposes):

Cute Without the 'E' (Cut from the Team)
El Paso
One-Eighty by Summer
Bike Scene
Error: Operator
Existentialism on Prom Night
What's It Feel Like to be a Ghost?
A Decade Under the Influence
Everything Must Go
Best Places to be a Mom
You're So Last Summer
You Know How I Do
El Paso
Don't Lose Your Faith in Me
Set Phasers to Sun
Timberwolves at New Jersey
El Paso
There's No 'I' in Team

We'll be on the lookout for other concert videos, so keep checking TBSHub.com for the latest Taking Back Sunday media and news.


They're also adding a new tour date: Hoboken, NJ, on April 6th, 2011! Read the announcement below:

"April 6 at Maxwell's - 7:00pm Doors

Tickets are $20 and go on Sale Thurs 3/31 at 5pm*

2 ticket limit - Will call only - via http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/36005

*portions of this show will be filmed - by purchasing a ticket/attending the show you give irrevocable consent to be filmed, photographed and/or videotaped*"

It seems like footage from this concert could show up on a future concert DVD -- perhaps to be released along with TBS' upcoming self-titled album on June 28th?

EDIT: Footage from the concert will be used for the band's music video for El Paso.