Next you’re going to Long Island to work with Mike Sapone on another round of songs.
LAZZARA
: Yeah. It worked out like that. When we were in the demoing and writing process, we had ended up splitting it up. We demoed some songs with Sapone and some songs here with Hudson. Everybody decided that Sapone had a lot of great input on the songs we did there, so we wanted to stay true to that feeling and go back to record.

Are you excited to go back and record on Long Island? It’s been awhile.
NOLAN: It’s cool to go back to Sapone. I don’t know how much everybody went there when I was not in the band, but some of the first demos that Taking Back Sunday ever did were at Sapone’s studio. That’s always been a place that I end up coming back to at least every year or two. There’s something really comforting about being in that studio. It feels very familiar, and very much like a kind of home.

When fans find out that you’re working with Sapone, do you think there’s going to be a misplaced expectation that your album will sound more reminiscent of the old stuff? Or do you think people will recognize that he’s just a friend of the band, and that your record will still sound more like Taking Back Sunday in 2013?
NOLAN: I hadn’t really thought of people expecting that. The stuff that we’re working on with him, some of the songs at least, are a lot more of a departure from what the band has done in the past than the stuff we worked on with Marc Hudson. It would be funny if people are expecting that, because it will kind of be the exact opposite.

LAZZARA: It’s a funny thing when you get into the studio. You have to put all of that completely out of your brain. Any little bit of that feeling of having to meet some arbitrary expectation of some stranger can get pretty maddening.

NOLAN: But I hope people like it.

LAZZARA: I think they will, because I really like it.

That situation is such a catch-22. Fans might hear that you’re working with Sapone, and want you make Tell All Your Friends Part 2, but probably wouldn’t like the outcome if you tried to create something that’s inauthentic.
NOLAN: You can’t really win by trying to give people what they want. The second you give people what they want—

LAZZARA: They want something different.

NOLAN: They want something else, yeah. I think we learned awhile back that the best thing to do is to do what makes you happy, and hope that people get on board. >>>

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