1999 - Amityville, New York. The band claims ignorance of the origin of their name.
- Adam Lazzara vocals
- Fred Mascherino guitar, vocals
- Eddie Reyes guitar
- Mark OConnell drums
- Matt Rubano bass
Signed to Victory Records:
Taking Back Sunday was first formed in November, 1999, but it took until a little over a year later for a stable lineup to coalesce. The band recorded a 5-song demo EP that was released in February, 2001. As the result of extensive touring, Taking Back Sunday came to the attention of independent record label Victory Records. They set to work on an album at New Jersey's Big Blue Meanie Studios.
The band's first album Tell All Your Friends was released in 2002 and it reached the top 10 of the independent albums chart and got a toehold on the pop album chart. Taking Back Sunday continued to tour and build up their fan base, but guitarist/vocalist John Nolan and bassist Shaun Cooper both left the band in 2003 causing a disruption in the band's momentum. Fred Mascherino and Matt Rubano joined in time for a fall 2003 tour.
Where You Want to Be:
Taking Back Sunday's second album Where You Want to Be, released on Victory in 2004, debuted at #3 on the pop albums chart. It sold over 160,000 copies in its first week of release. The band was invigorated by their success and inspired to work even harder on their live shows. However, fans began to see a difference in energy between Taking Back Sunday's intense stage performance and the more laid-back music on their records.
Trivia Fact About Taking Back Sunday:
Taking Back Sunday played live for their biggest audience yet opening for Green Day at England's Milton Keynes National Bowl in June, 2005.
Quote from Taking Back Sunday:
Speaking about the album Louder Now in an interview with LiquidGeneration
"We feel like we made the rock record we were meant to make and it also captured the energy of our live show better than our previous records did."
Louder Now and the Future for Taking Back Sunday:
Before recording their third album, Taking Back Sunday left Victory Records and signed with major label Warner Bros. The band entered the studio aiming to bring the energy of their live shows to the new recordings. The album Louder Now was scheduled for release on April 25, 2006. The producer of the new set is Eric Valentine, who has worked with Queens of the Stone Age and Third Eye Blind. The first single from the album is "MakeDamnSure."