Taking Back Sunday

Announce UK Tour Including date at the reopened Pyramids Centre in Portsmouth and a brand new album “Happiness Is” Out now on Hopeless Records.

Following their hugely successful and sold out US tour, Taking Back Sunday are thrilled to announce their return to the UK this December.

Tickets went on presale on Wednesday May 7th and on general sale on Friday May 9th.
General Ticket link: Gigs and Tours and TicketWeb or 0844 477 2000.

O2 presale started on Weds 7th May from here, and general sale Friday May 9th.

You can also catch Taking Back Sunday this summer when they headline Merthyr Rocks on August 17th at Cyrarthfa Castle in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales.

Full tour dates for December are…

7th Portsmouth, Pyramids
8th Bristol, O2 Academy
9th London, Roundhouse
11th Birmingham, Institute
12th Manchester, Ritz
13th Glasgow, O2 ABC
14th Oxford, O2 Academy

Taking Back Sunday released their acclaimed new album “Happiness Is” (produced by Marc Jacob Hudson (Saves The Day, The Swellers) and Mike Sapone (Brand New, O’Brother) on March 18th on Hopeless Records. With the spirit of resilience and innovation dripping all over the band’s sixth full-length, the album addresses some heady concepts, but it simultaneously showcases a new musical and conceptual leap for this band that’s sure to endear them to fans both new and old.

Taking Back Sunday is a band who truly needs no introduction. Since forming in Long Island, the group has sold millions of albums, evolved from a punk act into seasoned songwriters and continued to forge a successful career. This will be the group’s second album since reviving the classic lineup of vocalist Adam Lazzara, guitarist/vocalist John Nolan, guitarist Eddie Reyes, bassist Shaun Cooper and drummer Mark O’Connell.

Taking Back Sunday

Written over a year period with no involvement from a record label for the first time since their legendary 2002 debut, “Tell All Your Friends”, the album sees the band expanding their musical palette and stretching out sonically in ways they’ve never done before by utilizing both producer’s, Hudson and Sapone, strengths. “Through this process we had many more shared experiences as adults that have come into play. We had near death experiences purely from the force of nature, common enemies, playing for the troops who protect us against a different kind of enemy and that led to seeing parts of the world that you would never in your lifetime expect to see and leave you a bit haunted. There is a new level of honesty both in the writing and working with two producers who we have known for so long” says Shaun Cooper.

“I tried to be a little more loose; I was more focused on being myself than trying to sound perfect or anything,” Lazzara responds when asked how he approached “Happiness Is”. “We also played around a lot with arranging the harmonies and playing with layers and I think that makes these songs a lot more rich.” Correspondingly songs like “Stood A Chance” alternate between melodic moments and moody breakdowns in a way that’s so seamless that you’ll hardly notice its happening until its all over, while “Better Homes And Gardens” sounds like catharsis set to a driving drumbeat. The band also clearly weren’t afraid to let these songs truly take on their own spirit as evidenced by the ambient ballad “It Takes More” which started out as an upbeat rocker before becoming the atmospheric masterpiece that it evolved into.

Fans of Taking Back Sunday will also rejoice at the fact that “Happiness Is” sees the band’s enigmatic frontman at his most personal. “Through the years I’ve tried to stay pretty cryptic because often times it’s easier not to have to explain yourself but on this record I was very direct in the sense I tried to use the simplest way to get an idea across,” Lazzara explains. “In the past I don’t think I ever would have let a song like ‘Like You Do’ go on an album because it’s so heartfelt in a simple way and I also think it’s actually one of the first love songs we’ve ever written.”

Taking Back Sunday

Ultimately this search for meaning and pursuit of progress lies at the core of why the band has managed to retain a fervent fan base over the years and survive numerous passing trends. But itís also important to note that none of the band members take any part of this experience for granted. ìA band is always going to think their newest work is their best, but for me personally, there are several songs on “Happiness Is” that continue to give me chills each and every time I hear them. I could not be more proud of what we have accomplished with this record and I cannot wait to share it with the world” says Cooper. “In the past when we were on a major label there would be A&R people giving us suggestions but with this album it was just us pushing ourselves,” Lazzara summarises, sounding even more hopeful than he did over a decade ago. “There is no question to me that “Happiness Is” is the best unfiltered representation of what happens when the five of us get in a room together and that makes me really happy.” Nolan confirms this sentiment by adding, “This album really is a testament to each of the member’s talents because it’s just all us.”

Check out the personal message to fans from enigmatic mic-swinging frontman Adam Lazzara:

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