Seven was a lucky, or at least special, number for Taking Back Sunday.
The group's brand new album, "Tidal Wave," is its seventh, and guitarist John Nolan acknowledges that "we felt very conscious of it being our seventh record, and we felt going into it that this really had to be something special...and exciting and interesting and alive."
Early reviews have been favorable towards "Tidal Wave," and it certainly supports co-founder Nolan's decision to rejoin TBS in 2010, after seven years away from the band (bassist Shaun Cooper did the same). With production by Mike Sapone, who was also involved in 2014's "Happiness Is," "Tidal Wave" finds Nolan and company exploring sounds both familiar and fresh; The second single is called "You Can't Look Back," but "Tidal Wave" shows that TBS can do both that and move forward...
Speaking by phone from his home in Charlotte, N.C., Nolan, 38, says TBS has succeeded in keeping the idea of a new album exciting to the five band members. "I think for a lot of bands it can reach a point where it's not that exciting when there's a new record coming out," he says. "It's sort of like everyone is there for the old stuff and the albums keep coming but no one really cares. We were very conscious of not wanting that to be the case. We wanted to do something that, when it's released, it gets people excited and gets people where we are, which is really into what's happening for us as a band."
Nolan says that to hit that mark on "Tidal Wave" TBS pushed itself harder and in a different way than on other albums. "I think what we tried to do with every decision we were making in the studio was to not just fall back on whatever would be the easiest, most obvious choice, whether that was with the sounds for different instruments or whether it was about the arrangement or the structure of the song," he explains. "It was to not always go with the first idea but try something else and then try another thing. I think that was the big thing; If we have an idea let's do it, and then let's see if we can beat that and find something better."
Six years after returning the band, Nolan says he's still happy with the decision. "It's feeling great," he notes. "One thing we realized is that we missed each other. That was kind of a big thing. When you go away from people so long I think it's a little easier to appreciate things about them and say, 'Oh yeah, this person musically, what they do is really cool,' or as a person. So in that huge time apart we learned to appreciate each other and what we all bring to the table when we work together, and to not lose sight of that."
Taking Back Sunday and You Blew It!
Saturday, Sept. 24. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit.
Tickets are $35
Call 313-961-8137 or visit saintandrewsdetroit.com.
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