Taking Back Sunday are a bona fide institution. From their captivating emo roots to the solid modern-rock foundation they’ve continued to build upon, singer Adam Lazzara, guitarist John Nolan, bassist Shaun Cooper and drummer Mark O’Connell have offered us soundtracks for our youth—and way, way beyond.
We know all about the majesty of “Cute Without The ‘E’ (Cut From The Team),” “MakeDamnSure,” “You’re So Last Summer” and more hits. You probably broke or had your heart broken while they were playing in the background.
But what about “Flicker, Fade”? “Sink Into Me”? How about “Carpathia”? Well, if we’re being honest, those songs didn’t make it on to the band’s list of forgotten faves, either. But if you’re looking for a deeper insight into one of the 21st century’s best bands, we’ve got it here. APTV cornered the band in their House Of Blues dressing room in Cleveland and had them discuss their favorite moments.
Lazzara represents for “El Paso” from the Taking Back Sunday self-titled album, mentioning by name the six people who like it. Cooper chimes in that “It’s only been out for eight years!” The band even tumbled off the album cuts trail, suggesting some B-sides that were near and dear to them (“How I Met Your Mother”).
Which album came out, according to Lazzara, “at a time when it wasn’t cool to like our band”? The song that was actually by Nolan and Cooper’s post-TBS band Straylight Run that was brought into TBS when they rejoined? Which piece does Nolan still have an alternate guitar part for, circling inside his head years later?
“When [a song] is out of your hands, you’ll never know how people are going to take it or react,” Lazzara resigns. Now it can be revealed which Taking Back Sunday cuts are the deepest on APTV’s Deep Cuts.
Taking Back Sunday just wrapped up another leg of their 20-year anniversary world tour and have their 6th annual holiday spectacular remaining. The band will hit the Starland Ballroom Dec. 13 and 14 with information and tickets here.
The band also recently released a career-spanning compilation titled Twenty, which you can stream here.