Taking Back Sunday Release Music Video for “Better Homes and Gardens”

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Taking Back Sunday’s new music video for “Better Homes and Gardens” is now available for viewing. The song is taken from the band’s recent release, Happiness Is. The fiery video was directed by DJay Brawner for Anthem Films. Take a look below:

If you haven’t yet purchased Happiness Is, you can buy it on iTunes.

Posted by Kiel Hauck

Review: Taking Back Sunday – Happiness Is

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Happiness Is, the new album from Taking Back Sunday, is as much a return to form as it is an evolution of their self-titled record. As the third album to feature the band’s ‘classic’ line-up, Happiness Is is more paced than its recent predecessors and sounds more in line as a spiritual successor to Tell All Your Friends than any other album the band has released.

While it doesn’t pack the energy or punch of an album like Louder Now, Taking Back Sunday has arguably put together their most cohesive record to date.

TBS have gone back to the basics for Happiness Is, taking their time to build strong and layered songs that cap with a hugely rewarding payoff instead of a power hungry punk record. It’s the most mature the band have sounded in their career and a full step ahead of their self-titled. Happiness Is can be off-putting at times, as it really does bring back memories of early TBS, as well as some of the best aspects of old-time rivals Brand New.

Musically, the band is much more patient, drawing out their songs systematically for the long haul. “It Takes More” sits in the middle of the album and is a slower paced song for TBS. Lead single “Flicker, Fade” always felt a bit off for me, and an odd choice to lead the album until put into context. The short “Preface” that starts the record off is a minute and a half instrumental build-up that leads into “Flicker, Fade” that demonstrates the pace as perfectly as you could hope.

That’s not to say that the album doesn’t pull all of its punches. The second half of the record is much faster, with songs like “They Don’t Have Any Friends”, which sounds like it was ripped straight from Where You Want to Be and offers some of the best dueling vocals between Lazzara and Nolan.

“We Were Younger Then” offers a rock song at a quicker pace before it slows down for a gentle break down, with Lazzara crooning over lost memories, singing, “Only in pictures before have I seen, anything left from where I am standing” over and over through the song’s finale.

Once again, Adam Lazzara and John Nolan play off of each other magnificently. Lazzara shows off his vocal range to great degree, from gentle croons to shouting during songs like “Better Homes and Gardens”, where he shows his desperation and pain when he sings, “When you took that ring off, threw it at your feet, you didn’t say a word much less look at me”. The variety and energy in his voice is that of a rock star as he toys with every note in his range throughout the album.

Nolan plays a perfect secondary singer in that he never feels forced or trying to upstage the songs. Instead, he stays hidden for the most part until a chorus, where he picks and chooses the exact moments to quietly shout from the back. It keeps him from becoming tiring and instead makes him the booster that Lazzara needs to make the song pop.

Happiness Is is the comeback album we’ve been wanting since the original line-up announced that they were getting back together. It shows the strength of the band as a whole and tends to pick some of the best aspects of their past albums to create a sound that is both a natural evolution as well as a nostalgic reflex as to why they became so aggressively popular in the first place.

Happiness Is isn’t perfect, but it’s much more fine-tuned than Taking Back Sunday could’ve hoped to have been. It won’t replace Tell All Your Friends as the go-to album for fans, but will definitely be one of the showcases for why the band has stayed so relevant in the scene throughout the years.

4/5

by Kyle Schultz

kyle_catKyle Schultz is the Senior Editor at It’s All Dead and has worked as a gaming journalist at Structure Gaming. He lives in Chicago and yells at the rain on occasion. He also wants to play you in FIFA.

Taking Back Sunday stream new album Happiness Is

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It’s here a week early! Taking Back Sunday is currently streaming their new album Happiness Is in its entirety on Pandora. The album releases next Tuesday (March 18) on Hopeless Records. You can preorder the album on iTunes.

The band kicks off its co-headlining tour with The Used this week. You can check out the dates and get tickets here.

What are your thoughts on the album? How does it measure up to the rest of the band’s catalogue? Share your thoughts with us in the replies!

Posted by Kiel Hauck

Taking Back Sunday stream new song “Stood a Chance”

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Taking Back Sunday have released a new track called “Stood a Chance” from their upcoming album Happiness Is. The album is set to be released on March 18 via Hopeless Records. “Stood a Chance” is an upbeat, catchy song and follows the album’s first single, “Flicker, Fade”. You can listen to “Stood a Chance” below:

Like what you hear? Head over to iTunes to purchase the new track!

Posted by Kiel Hauck

Taking Back Sunday release “Flicker, Fade” music video, announce tour

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Taking Back Sunday has released the official music video for their new single “Flicker, Fade”. The song is from their upcoming release Happiness Is, which is set to be released on March 18 on Hopeless Records. Check out the video below:

In addition to the new album, Taking Back Sunday has also announced that they will be co-headlining a Spring tour with The Used, with support from Tonight Alive and Sleepwave. Dates for the tour are below:

3/14 Quiktrip Park – South By So What Dallas, TX
3/15 Backstage Live San Antonio, TX
3/16 Bayou Music Centre – HWHAP Fest Houston, TX
3/18 Marquee Theatre Phoenix, AZ
3/21 In The Venue Salt Lake City, UT
3/22 In The Venue Salt Lake City, UT
3/23 Knitting Factory Boise, ID
3/25 Warfield San Francisco, CA
3/27 Palladium Los Angeles, CA
3/28 House of Blues San Diego, CA
3/29 Extreme Thing Las Vegas, NV
4/1 Ogden Theatre Denver, CO
4/2 Sokol Omaha, NE
4/4 Eagles Ballroom Milwaukee, WI
4/5 Concord Music Hall Chicago, IL
4/6 Fillmore Detroit, MI
4/8 Kool Haus Toronto, ON
4/9 The Armory Rochester, NY
4/11 Webster Theatre Hartford, CT
4/12 House of Blues Boston, MA
4/13 Tower Theatre Philadelphia, PA
4/15 Best Buy Theatre New York, NY
4/19 Sands Bethlehem, PA
4/22 Fillmore Silver Spring, MD
4/24 The Tabernacle Atlanta, GA
4/26 Revolution Ft.Lauderdale, FL
4/27 House of Blues Orlando, FL

You can preorder Happiness Is here.

Posted by Kiel Hauck

Taking Back Sunday to release “Happiness Is” on March 18

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After a few days of teasing details, Taking Back Sunday has officially announced their new album Happiness Is, set to release March 18 on Hopeless Records. The album will be the sixth full length release from the band. The first single, “Flicker, Fade”, is currently available for purchase on iTunes.

Check out the new song, album artwork and track list below:

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1. Preface
2. Flicker, Fade
3. Stood a Chance
4. All the Way
5. Beat Up Car
6. It Takes More
7. They Don’t Have Any Friends
8. Better Homes and Gardens
9. Like You Do
10. We Were Younger Then
11. Nothing At All

Posted by Kiel Hauck