Taking Back Sunday have only been in Los Angeles for two months recording the follow-up to their gold-selling sophomore album, Where You Want To Be. But with production expected to run into the last days of December, frontman Adam Lazzara is missing the East Coast–bad. “It’s way different out here, and I’m ready to go back to New York,” he says. However, missing home is only fueling the band’s fire–and their arsenal of songs. TBS are set to record around 14 tracks with producer Eric Valentine (Queens Of The Stone Age, Good Charlotte) at Barefoot Studios in Hollywood; Lazzara says 11 of those cuts will make it onto TBS’ third album, Louder Now. Tentative song titles include “My Blue Heaven,” “20/20 Surgery” and “Sleep.” “We just tried to write a rock record, but focused more on what we wanted,” Lazzara explains. “We were a little more selfish in things.” Though he says ballads will be taking a back seat to full-on rockers, Lazzara is crossing all his proper appendages that Cyndi Lauper can lend her voice to a track (pick up Lauper’s The Body Acoustic and see if you can recognize the male voice on “Money Changes Everything.”) “I would just hope everyone knows that I haven’t worked this hard on anything, ever,” insists Lazzara. “We just hope to make [the fans] proud.” Who’s got a Kleenex? -Leslie Simon

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