New Album 152 Out Now via Fantasy Records
2024 North American Headline Tour Kicking Off May 19th
Fresh off the release of their new album 152, beloved rock band Taking Back Sunday has again teamed up with producer Tushar Apte (Demi Lovato, Zayn Malik, and Nicki Minaj) to release two brand new versions of their single “S’old”. Fans can check out “S’old (Springloaded Remix)” and “S’old (152 Remix)” now: HERE.
“I love the process of reimagining songs in different styles – I think it’s the best way to see if a song is great when it can stand up and stand out in different audio lenses,” shares Apte. “I think ‘S’old’ certainly does this, and I hope fans and new listeners enjoy these remixes!”
The band adds:
“When we met Tushar, we were working together on a collaboration with Steve Aoki. It was so much fun to blend our songwriting with theirs and see the layers that got added to it. Tushar is like a wizard with sounds and beats. Since we brought Tushar over to produce a rock record with us, we thought it would be fun to let him take a track and go wild with it and see where it ended up.”
Taking Back Sunday released their latest album – and Fantasy Records debut – earlier this year. Produced by Apte and mixed by Neal Avron (Twenty One Pilots, Bleachers), 152 features 10 intensely vulnerable and absorbing new tracks delivered with fresh ambition and newfound purpose. Inspired by the long layoff and the cloud of uncertainty that blanketed the world these past few years, it stands among the most genuinely reflective and emotionally pure efforts of Taking Back Sunday’s illustrious career.
UK fans can catch Taking Back Sunday live this March in Manchester, London, and Cardiff. Afterwards the band will take on North America for their two-part headline tour from May 19th through August 18th, featuring support from Citizen. For a full list of upcoming shows, please visit www.takingbacksunday.com.
About Taking Back Sunday
They’ve been making music together as a band for more than 20 years, have sold millions of albums, and along the way, amassed a devoted, international fan base. But ask the members of Taking Back Sunday if they still feel a burning desire to make a powerful impact and connect in a big way, and there’s not a moment of hesitation in the response.
Lead singer Adam Lazzara says with a smile:
“I’m gonna try and conquer the world every time”
Adds drummer Mark O’Connell:
“When we’re writing songs, the one thing we ask ourselves is, ‘Will it make people feel something?’ You try to make people feel emotion. That’s the one goal we went in with, and I think we did it.”
This unrelenting pursuit of greatness lies at the heart of 152, Taking Back Sunday’s long-awaited, thrilling eighth studio album (and Fantasy Records debut) out now. Written and refined over the course of several years, the group’s first full-length offering since 2016’s Tidal Wave is a passionate, melody-infused confessional from a band forever known for its honesty and vulnerability.
When Taking Back Sunday first sat down together in late 2019 to begin working in earnest on what became 152, the band laid out some ground rules from the outset. They weren’t out to simply add more songs to their already-storied catalog, but rather make a piece of art they could be proud of.
To that end, so many of the songs that comprise 152 were workshopped like never before. As the band members explain, over the years they’ve learned to love letting a piece of music develop from its initial idea all the way to its sometimes drastically-different finished form. It’s a journey they’ve undoubtedly been on many times before when making previous albums, but as they found out when making 152, it’s one that continues to thrill them and keep things fresh.
Lazzara gets animated as he describes how so many songs on 152 morphed over the multi-year writing and recording process. Whether it was “S’old” transforming from a punky, Green Day-style rocker into a slow-building, emotion-dripping plea for acceptance, or “I Am The Only One Who Knows You,” which evolved from a galloping rock song into a beatific ballad, so many of the songs that comprise 152 found Taking Back Sunday continually surprising one another with musical ideas in new and exciting ways.
Offers bassist Shaun Cooper:
“If you can predict what each other is going to do, then it just becomes a job. It’s not an artistic expression. You’re not trying to grow.”
A major part of that growth is heard explicitly in 152’s unguarded lyrics: 20-plus years into Taking Back Sunday, Lazzara and Nolan are peeling back the curtain like never before. From the heartfelt recollections of the album’s epic opener “Amphetamine Smiles,” to the expressive yearning in lead single “The One”, listeners are invited into the songwriters’ collective heart.
Revitalized and unusually optimistic, Taking Back Sunday is ready to embrace what lies ahead. “
Normally it’s like, this is working right now, let’s just go with it and see what happens,” admits Lazzara. “But the process of making this record has helped get me to a point where I’m looking ahead. I’m so excited about the possibilities. You’ve got to keep moving forward. We need to continue building onto this wonderful world.”
Taking Back Sunday is:
John Nolan (lead guitar, piano, vocals)
Adam Lazzara (lead vocals)
Shaun Cooper (bass)
Mark O’Connell (drums)
Upcoming Tour Dates:
3.26 Manchester, UK O2 Ritz
3.27 London, UK O2 Forum Kentish Town
3.28 Cardiff, UK Cardiff University Great Hall
5.19 New Orleans, LA The Fillmore New Orleans
5.21 Fayetteville, AR JJ’s Live
5.23 San Antonio, TX Aztec Theatre
5.24 Dallas, TX South Side Ballroom
5.25 Austin, TX Stubb’s
5.26 Houston, TX White Oak Music Hall
5.27 Ft. Worth, TX Tannahill’s Tavern & Music Hall
5.29 Phoenix, AZ The Van Buren
6.4 Portland, OR The Crystal Ballroom
6.5 Seattle, WA Showbox SoDo
6.6 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory
6.8 Edmonton, AB Union Hall
6.9 Calgary, AB MacEwan Hall
6.11 Salt Lake City, UT The Union Event Center
6.12 Denver, CO Mission Ballroom
6.14 Council Bluffs, IA Harrah’s Stir Cove
6.15 St. Louis, MO The Pageant
6.18 Cleveland, OH House of Blues Cleveland
6.19 Indianapolis, IN Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
6.21 Minneapolis, MN The Fillmore Minneapolis
7.24 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
7.25 Columbus, OH KEMBA Live!
7.26 Detroit, MI Royal Oak Music Theatre
7.27 Buffalo, NY Buffalo RiverWorks
7.30 Newport, KY MegaCorp Pavilion
8.1 Orlando, FL House of Blues Orlando
8.2 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Revolution Live at the Backyard
8.3 St. Petersburg, FL Jannus Live
8.4 Atlanta, GA Tabernacle
8.6 Myrtle Beach, SC House of Blues Myrtle Beach
8.8 Charlotte, NC The Fillmore Charlotte
8.9 Raleigh, NC The Ritz
8.11 Dewey Beach, DE Bottle & Cork **SOLD OUT
8.13 Wallingford, CT The Dome at Toyota Oakdale Theatre
8.14 Boston, MA MGM Music Hall at Fenway
8.16 Philadelphia, PA The Fillmore Philadelphia
8.17 New York, NY The Rooftop at Pier 17 **SOLD OUT
8.18 New York, NY The Rooftop at Pier 17
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Recent Acclaim for 152:
“This is an album that successfully reconciles the distance between what was and what is, keeping the past well and truly alive within the present… it might just be the best album of their career.” — Kerrang! 4 out of 5
“152 pays homage to their early days while simultaneously honoring the men they are today.” — US Weekly
“While there’s plenty of the old finger-jabbing drama, emo anthems and stage-ready energy that long-time fans cherish, there’s a more slow-burning, elegant, grown-up classic rock approach to much here that could easily see Taking Back Sunday finding a whole new audience after all this time.” — Classic Rock
“The album sees the band continuing to expand musically as they incorporate elements from classic rock and pop into their unique sound. They explore their relationship with the past and what it means to grow with heartfelt lyrics, a healthy dose of optimism, and infectious melodies.” — PunkNews
“Taking Back Sunday has returned with not only their first new music in seven years but also their most unique and most outstanding record to date.” — The Aquarian
“It’s an extraordinary album, an unexpected turn and shows Taking Back Sunday have plenty of life in them yet.” — Dork ***
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