Contact theSOPAbout theSOPSupport theSOPWritersEditorsManaging Editors
theSOP logo
Published:November 27th, 2009 19:58 EST
Judyth Piazza chats with Matt Rubano,Taking Back Sunday

Judyth Piazza chats with Matt Rubano,Taking Back Sunday

By Judyth Piazza CEO (Editor)


For Taking Back Sunday, the past year has been as non-stop as the music on their latest album, Louder Now. The New York-based melodic hardcore quintet`s album was released on April 25, 2006 and skyrocketed to Number Two on Billboard`s Top 200 chart a week later, scanning more than 157,000 copies. Now gold-certified, Louder Now has led to multiple sold out U.S. headlining arena tours, the headlining slot on the international Taste of Chaos tour in Australia, Japan and Europe, and an MTV Video Music award nomination (the MTV2 Viewer`s Choice award) for the album`s first single, "MakeDamnSure," which has received more than three million combined plays on AOL, Yahoo!, Fuse, and YouTube. The band did command performances on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, Late Night With Conan O`Brien, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and Last Call With Carson Daly, and got to play themselves in an upcoming episode of a favorite show, Degrassi: The Next Generation. Last June, the band scored their third cover of taste-making music monthly Alternative Press, and received effusive reviews from People Magazine and Entertainment Weekly. Indeed Kerrang! crowned Louder Now as the critics pick for "Album Of The Year!"

Taking Back Sunday band finished out 2006 with the December release of Louder Now: Partone " a 90-minute DVD containing up close and personal band stories, behind-the-scenes footage in the studio and on the road, music videos for "MakeDamnSure" and the album`s second single "Liar (It Takes One To Know One)," and no-holds barred clips of the band`s performance at the Long Beach Arena. They also celebrated the holiday season`s spirit of giving by creating a card that raised money for various cancer charities. The band ushered in 2007 with a headlining North American tour, including their first extended visit to Canada.

The hubbub surrounding Taking Back Sunday shouldn`t come as a surprise to anyone who`s heard Louder Now. The high-octane drumming and blazing syncopated riffs that rain down on its opening track, "What`s It Feel Like to Be a Ghost," make it clear that these guys meant business when they went into the studio with producer Eric Valentine (Queens Of The Stone Age, Third Eye Blind) to record the follow-up to their 2004 best-selling album Where You Want To Be. Their intention was to bottle the lightning that this powerful band generate whenever they hit the stage.

"We were always told that our live show had more energy than our records," says guitarist-vocalist Fred Mascherino. "On Louder Now we wanted to capture that energy." "It`s the record we have always wanted to make," declares lead singer Adam Lazzara. "It completes the spectrum." The band members also knew they wanted to grow from the pop-tinged hardcore anthems that filled Where You Want To Be and their 2003 debut Tell All Your Friends. They decided to experiment with new and different sounds, such as on the rollicking "Miami, which, with its tight `80s drumming and Cure-like guitar tones, is unlike anything the band has recorded to date.