Taking Back Sunday
Taking Back Sunday at The Ritz, Manchester
SJM Concerts present
Taking Back Sunday
Plus Marmozets and Blitz Kids
Strictly over 14s only / Under 16s with an adult / Photographic ID required for entry
Taking Back Sunday are a New York rock institution. Formed in Long Island back in 1999 by guitarist Eddie Reyes, the band quickly grew into an emo powerhouse. Taking Back Sunday released their sixth album 'Happiness Is' in March this year on Hopeless Records. They're set to hit the UK in support of a record that AllMusic said "lends credence to the notion that the best things come to those who wait" in December. The tour calls at Manchester Ritz on 12th December.
The New York band will showcase the soaring highs and heartbreaking lows of 'Happiness Is' to what is certain to be a delighted Manchester crowd. Longtime Taking Back Sunday fans will know that it's the band's second album since reviving their classic line-up. Singer Adam Lazzara, singer/guitarist John Nolan, guitarist Eddie Reyes, bassist Shaun Cooper and drummer Mark O'Connell will tear through a typically impassioned set at The Ritz. At the time of its release, Lazzara revealed that the album features his most personal lyrics yet. "I've tried to stay pretty cryptic because often times it's easier not to have to explain yourself, but on this record I was very direct in the sense that I tried to use the simplest way to get an idea across. I don't think I'd have let a song like 'Like You Do' go on an album because it's so heartfelt. It's one of the first love songs we've ever written."
Line-up change has been a common occurrence during Taking Back Sunday's career, but it has scarcely affected their output. Adored by their fans and a fixture on the touring circuit, Taking Back Sunday have laid out a blueprint for future generations of alternative rock bands to follow. They are rightly considered at the forefront of a wave of emotional rock bands including Glassjaw and Thursday, while Eddie Reyes also founded revered hardcore band The Movielife.
After Lazzara, who was originally recruited as a bass player, had replaced Antonio Longo as singer in 2002, Taking Back Sunday released their debut album 'Tell All Your Friends' on Victory Records. 2004 brought a support tour with Blink 182 and an opening slot on the Vans Warped Tour, America's premier punk and hardcore tour. The band also released their second LP 'Where You Want To Be' that year. 2006 saw a move to major label Warner Brothers for the release of third album 'Louder Now'. By then, Taking Back Sunday were racing ahead of their peers. December's Ritz show is the perfect opportunity to witness the latest step on their journey.