Taking Back Sunday announced that they will be releasing their new album Tidal Wave on September 16th via Hopeless Records. You can watch the title track music video below, which features live footage from their Taste of Chaos shows.
“I’m very excited for people to hear it,” guitarist John Nolan told hometown newspaper New York Newsday. “I think it’s going to be a surprise to some people. We’re all extremely excited about what we’ve done. It’s the culmination of things we’ve tried over the past two records. I think it’s the strongest record we’ve done since getting back together. We’ve freed ourselves up to go in new directions.”
The classic punk aesthetic of the title track thrusts Taking Back Sunday into a different world of songwriters. Lazzara told Entertainment Weekly, “With our first records, we were writing from the perspective of 17, 18-year-old kids and now it’s like, as you grow old, the blinders get pulled back and you have a different way of looking at the world. There’s more of an Americana feel. But we realize anything we do is going to sound like Taking Back Sunday.”
Their first new album since Happiness Is in 2014, Tidal Wave is a forceful and fluidly cohesive tsunami of a record. Kicking off with “Death Wolf” whose one-minute atmospheric intro explodes at breakneck speed fueled by Mark O’Connell’s muscular drumming, the album pushes the band’s musical boundaries, challenging them into experimenting with different textures and sounds while remaining very true to their trademark sound. From the anthemic “You Can’t Look Back” to the balladic “I Felt It Too” to the mid-tempo closer “I’ll Find A Way to Make It What You Want”, Tidal Wave is a genuine evolution for the platinum-selling band. “I couldn’t put any more of myself into these new songs and we’ve grown as musicians,” Lazzara says about how they’ve co ntinued to innovate and expand with each progressive record.
Currently halfway through the 37-city Taste of Chaos tour with Dashboard Confessional, Saosin, The Early November (with a rotating cast of guests like Motion City Soundtrack and Saves The Day among others), Taking Back Sunday formed on Long Island in 1999, and has sold millions of records, landed a pair of Top Five Billboard chart positions and evolved from a youthful punk outfit to a vigorous and inventive pack of seasoned musicians.
How have Taking Back Sunday managed to not only survive but thrive throughout their prolific career? The answer is simple: by constantly innovating. That fact is especially evident on the group’s seventh full-length Tidal Wave, which sees these Long Island legends continuing to take chances and plunge headfirst in the sonic unknown with dazzling – and remarkably catchy – results.
1. Death Wolf
2. Tidal Wave
3. You Can’t Look Back
5. All Excess
6. I Felt It Too
7. Call Come Running
8. Holy Water
9. In The Middle Of It All
10. We Don’t Go In There
12. I’ll Find A Way To Make It What You Want
Taste of Chaos Tour Dates feat. Taking Back Sunday with Dashboard Confessional, Saosin, The Early November
Jun 29 The Crossroads Kansas City, MO
Jun 30 Criterion Theater Oklahoma City, OK
Jul 01 South Side Ballroom Dallas, TX
Jul 02 Revention Music Center Houston, TX
Jul 03 Cedar Park Center Cedar Park, TX
Jul 05 Sumtur Amphitheater Papillion, NE
Jul 06 Red Rocks Amphitheatre Morrison, CO
Jul 07 The Great Salt Air Magna, UT
Jul 08 Revolution Event Center Garden City, ID
Jul 09 Xfinity Arena Everett, WA
Jul 10 Cuthbert Amphitheater Eugene, OR
Jul 12 Concord Pavilion Concord, CA
Jul 13 Rotary Amphitheater Fresno, CA
Jul 14 Comerica Theatre Phoenix, AZ
Jul 15 The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas, NV
Jul 16 San Manuel Amphitheater San Bernardino, CA