With a legacy spanning for almost two decades now, Taking Back Sunday will be celebrating their 20th anniversary as a band next year, and what better way to hit it off than by performing their first studio album ‘Tell All Your Friends’ for Australian audiences at the Unify Gathering 2019?
Who are Taking Back Sunday?
Adam Lazzara: Vocals
John Nolan: Lead guitar/Vocals
Mark O’Connell: Drums
Shaun Cooper: Bass
The Long Island rock quartet was formed in 1999, originally consisting of a considerably different lineup, that kicked things off with an EP. Alabama-born and North Carolina-raised Adam Lazzara moved to New York to be the band’s guitarist, later bassist, but eventually settled as the vocalist and subsequently contributed to the creation of Taking Back Sunday’s debut studio album, ‘Tell All Your Friends’. In 2000, drummer Mark O’Connell joined the line-up, while in 2003 guitarist John Nolan and bassist Shaun Cooper announced their departure from the band.
While ‘Tell All Your Friends’ ultimately earned a spot as an iconic album of nostalgia, it was the band’s third album “Louder Now” that took them out into the spotlight in 2006. Unsurprisingly, MakeDamnSure was the single that made damn sure that Taking Back Sunday would earn a permanent spot in the heart of every alternative and emo kid of the mid-2000s.
The late 2000’s proved to be a fruitful era for the band, going from earning exposure from appearances on shows like Degrassi: The Next Generation and the Transformers soundtrack, to appearing in Linkin Park’s Projekt Revolution tour. After some more line-up changes, 2009 brought the band’s next album ‘New Again’ via weekly MySpace releases.
More line-up changes in 2010 brought original members, John Nolan and Shaun Cooper back to the band, and with them came the release of their fifth, self-titled studio album. In 2012, Taking Back Sunday celebrated the 10th year anniversary of ‘Tell All Your Friends’, and embarked on a tour with Bayside, Transit, Man Overboard and Gabriel the Marine.
In 2014, the band released their sixth studio album, ‘Happiness Is’, and headed off on a mammoth co-headlining tour with The Used, with support from Sleepwave and Tonight Alive. Taking Back Sunday continued to tour and record for the next couple of years, and on 2016 released their latest album ‘Tidal Wave’.
With seven studio albums under their belt, Taking Back Sunday’s success has not shown signs of slowing down. Now one the official headliners of Unify Gathering 2019, Australian audiences should be prepared to welcome Adam, John, Shaun and Mark downunder, and expect to be blown away by a full performance of the album that started it all.
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