Show of hands, everybody. Who went to Taste of Chaos this summer, saw Taking Back Sunday perform, and thought that the new song “Tidal Wave” that they’ve been playing at every show on the tour was a cover of the Clash or some other classic 80s band that you can’t quite put a finger on? Well, you’re not alone. Since putting out arguably one of the best records of the last two decades (Tell All Your Friends), losing pivotal members, and regaining the band’s original lineup, Taking Back Sunday has done it all, seen it all, and moved in a completely new direction with their sound.
Taking Back Sunday’s new album Tidal Wave will be released in September and its titular track opens with these questions: “So what’s gonna happen when the old man goes / Will you embrace chaos or take control? / When the guns are drawn outside your door / Will you call for peace or will you join the war? / What you gonna do when the law breaks in / Will you stand your ground or confess your sins?” These lyrical themes are certainly in tune with what we’d expect from a politically charged punk band like Against Me!, but no necessarily an angsty Long Island band with its routes in pop punk. And yet, the urgency that is created with “Tidal Wave” somehow fits into Taking Back Sunday’ story, while offering something completely novel and divergent from any of the band’s previous work.
“With our first records, we’re writing from the perspective of 17, 18-year-old kids” frontman Adam Lazzara reflects in an interview with EW, “and now it’s like as you grow older the blinders get pulled back and you have a different way of looking at the world around you.” He adds, “there’s more of an Americana feel [to this record].”
Following the band’s massive summer tour with Dashboard Confessional, Taking Back Sunday plans to go back to basics, playing the smallest clubs they can in support of Tidal Wave. “We’d like to debut this record as honestly as we can and what better way to do that in a small club?” asks Lazzara.
Tidal Wave will be out on September 16th through Hopeless Records.
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