As TAKING BACK SUNDAY gear up for their upcoming US tour through intimate clubs this September and October, the alt-rock quintet are unleashing“You Can’t Look Back”, the second single and video from their seventh album TIDAL WAVE (Hopeless Records; release date: September 16, 2016).
A contrast to performance footage of their previous video “Tidal Wave”, “You Can’t Look Back” is a gorgeously shot but viscerally-charged video of the band and their friends gathered around a campfire, when something happens wholly unexpectedly to vocalist ADAM LAZZARA.
The upcoming tour posits the band in much smaller venues, enabling the band to connect with their audience better and play longer, extended sets. “Our idea is to go to the smallest clubs we can go to,” Lazzara told Entertainment Weekly. “We’d like to debut this record as honestly as we can and what better way to do that in a small club?” Many shows have already sold out, including a duo of New York City shows at Irving Plaza, Boston’s Paradise Rock Club, Dallas’Trees, and Nashville’s Exit/In. Since their recently announced Riot Fest aftershow in Chicago sold out in less than an hour, the band will be holding an auction for two tickets, a Meet & Greet with the band, a signed copy of Tidal Wave, a signed set list, etc. to benefit Sweet Relief Musicians Fund which provides financial assistance to struggling musicians. The auction can be found here.
Gracing the cover of the September 2016 issue of Substream Music Magazine who called Tidal Wave “a full-on rock record from a rock band that still gives a damn about writing rock songs,” Taking Back Sunday’s return to the forefront of the alt-rock music scene has been heralded by Entertainment Weekly, who broke the news of the band’s upcoming album, and praised the title track, pointing out Lazzara’s “rough-hewn vocals with thrashing, guitar-laden rock.”
Showcasing the strengths of the Taking Back Sunday’s continuous and consistent musical evolution from the breakneck kick off track “Death Wolf” to the anthemic “You Can’t Look Back” and the ballad “I Felt It Too”, the album also expands the band’s palette, especially evident on the album’s lead-off single and title track which channels The Clash both sonically and energetically. “I think this idea of making songs that we wrote for ourselves started with Happiness Is… and since the reaction to that album was so positive it really encouraged us to take that a step further with this album,” guitarist John Nolan explains.
Taking Back Sunday is Adam Lazzara (vocals), John Nolan (guitars, vocals), Eddie Reyes (guitars), Shaun Cooper (bass), and Mark O’Connell(drums). TIDAL WAVE was produced by Mike Sapone (O’Brother, Mansions) in Charlotte, NC and mixed by Claudius Mittendorpher (Weezer, Drowners, Ra Ra Riot) and will be released on September 16, 2016 via Hopeless Records.