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Singles Club: Taking Back Sunday – “Tidal Wave”

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  1. Melody Bot

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    To say that Taking Back Sunday is a polarizing band is an understatement. For nearly 15 years now the Long Island-based band have gone through it all – inter-band drama, outer-band drama, more member changes than they’d like to admit, and the transition from emo darlings to bonafide rock stars. And while not every fan has always enjoyed every change the band has gone through musically and professionally, Taking Back Sunday has always stuck to their vision. And the same can be said about the band’s latest song, “Tidal Wave,” the first single from the band’s upcoming seventh LP of the same name.

    The band has been playing “Tidal Wave” every night during their run as co-headliners on this summer’s Taste of Chaos tour and the reaction to the upbeat jam has overall been well-received. Thankfully, the recorded version manages to keep the same frantic energy the live version contains. Guitarists John Nolan and Eddie Reyes kick their riffs into a crunchy overdrive while bassist Shaun Cooper and drummer Mark O’Connell buoy the song’s pace. And then you have Adam Lazzara’s unmistakable vocals, which are a little more ragged than usual but work seamlessly with the more punk-laden attitude of the track.

    And “Tidal Wave” is just the first taste of the band’s latest direction on the upcoming September release. Stopping short of calling the album the band’s most grown-up yet, Lazzara told Entertainment Weekly that the band was “writing from the perspective of 17, 18-year-old kids and now it’s like as you grow older the blinders get pulled back and you have a different way of looking at the world around you.”

    He also mentions the album’s more Americana feel and “Tidal Wave” is soaked with it. From the 59 Sound-inspired verses to the immediacy of its bombastic chorus, “Tidal Wave” musically draws its influence from peers like Gaslight Anthem and Against Me! while still undeniably being a Taking Back Sunday. Lazzara’s lyrics also follow through on LP7’s current worldview with lyrics like, “Will you embrace chaos or take control?” and “Will you call for peace or will you join the war?”

    Nolan recently spoke with New York Newsday that he thinks Tidal Wave “is he strongest record we’ve done since getting back together. We’ve freed ourselves up to go in new directions.” It’s the typical sentiment you hear before any band releases a new album but it may ring true here, as the band has shown glimpses of achieving something great throughout the last two releases (2011’s Taking Back Sunday and 2014’s Happiness Is) and will probably end up being the band’s more coherent release since reuniting the original gang six years ago. “Tidal Wave” is the polarizing release we expected - with some saying it’s best and worst release of the band’s nearly two decade existence. It’s neither these things but it’s definitely an exciting new take on the Taking Back Sunday sound.

    Singles Club is a semi-weekly feature in which I focus on the best, most interesting, or most talked about single of the week.

  2. Gnarly Charlie

    Good guy, but a bad dude

    Well said. Excited to hear more of this new direction.
  3. Kingjohn_654

    Longtime Sunshine Prestigious

    Nice writeup
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  4. Walkabout


    Not bad, sounds a lot like Against Me though.
  5. mikalcheuk


    Taking Back Gaslight
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  6. LightsOut


    Artwork change. Wheres the circle?
  7. I'm glad someone said 59 Sound-inspired because when I first heard "Tidal Wave," all I could think was, "When did TBS become TGA?" I'm still trying to figure out if that's a good or bad thing, but either way it's an interesting thing.
  8. billyboatman

    Just call me Billium

    Not digging it at all..
  9. Loki

    God of mischief

    As different as this is, I totally like it. I am a huge fan of their last record as well.
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  10. Ben Lee

    I drink coffee and dad my kids Supporter

    I don't know in what world sounding like The Gaslight Anthem is a bad thing.
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  11. ChaseTx

    Nuke the site from orbit. The only way to be sure Prestigious

    I like the song a bunch. Never listened to Gaslight Anthem though
  12. CMilliken


    Didn't really like the song on first listen but I've listened to it about a dozen times now and really dig it.
  13. jco3


    Great write-up. I really like the song, too. Dig the lyrical theme.
  14. GetUpAndrew

    Constant horror and bone-deep dissatisfaction.

    This song is stellar, I'm so excited for this record.
  15. billyboatman

    Just call me Billium

    To me it seems like he's taking a lot of influence from Bruce.. Which wouldn't surprise me, since he loves Bruce Springsteen.