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Tidal Wave, Taking Back Sunday’s latest album, is a different Taking Back Sunday than the one you've known. And no matter how good a record is, there will still be someone who doesn't like it. John Nolan, guitarist and co-vocalist of Taking Back Sunday, knows this. It comes with the territory. But after listening to this album over and over, I've come to a conclusion. I, at least, think this album is fucking great....
There’s no doubt that in recent years emo bands from the Golden Era of the genre have seen a nostalgic resurgence. From Long Island’s Brand New embarking on another tour this summer, to the much-anticipated Rockstar Energy Drink Taste of Chaos tour, the emo bands of the early aughts are back in full force. This revival of sorts is what brought me to my hometown of New Jersey, where I spent last Friday afternoon with...
"A lot of you are here for nostalgic purposes. That's okay," declared Taking Back Sunday frontman, Adam Lazzara, in between bouts of swinging his mic. His tone of voice sounded like that of a preacher. "I was there when you got your driver’s license. I was there senior year when you were skipping school to smoke." Captivated audience members nodded their heads, smirking, knowing exactly what he meant. "I was there when you got...
"We got older, but we're still young--we never grew out of that feeling that we won't give up," these lyrics from The Starting Line were echoed out at Brooklyn Bowl the other night by several hundred Brooklynites, clad in the same Converse, Vans and skintight jeans of their Hot Topic teens. They’re no longer singing these familiar lyrics in basements, or broken down cars on the way to school. Instead, they're banding together as...

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