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Taking Back Sunday | Interview


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New York rockers Taking Back Sunday are hitting Ireland this weekend. They’re at the Belfast Limelight on Sat 11, and Dublin’s Vicar Street on Sun 12.

So first up, congrats to our e-mail competition winners Aaron Carter and Kirstin Andrews who both won tickets to see them.

Second, let’s hear a few brief words from guitarist and vocalist John Nolan on their new album – and how they’ve moved out of the emo scene that spawned them to a more mature Big Rock sound.

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The title track of ‘Tidal Wave’ has a really vintage, late 70s early 80s punk feel to it. Who were the biggest influences for that, as there’s even a hint of the Undertones in there?

It was pretty directly influenced by The Clash and The Ramones. I don’t know if we’ve ever written a song that wore it’s influences on its sleeve like that.

Several albums in now and you guys are getting a bit older, wiser and moving long past the hardcore scene. You’ve mentioned before that there are influences from the likes of Springsteen, Tom Petty etc, and stuff like ‘You Cant Look Back’ is really big and balladic. Do you see yourselves in future trying to capture some more of that Big Rock ground?

One of the things that’s so amazing about song writers like Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen is the way they can take a very complex idea and distill it down to something simple without losing any of the depth and emotional impact of it. That’s something we’ve been working towards and I think we’ll continue to for a long time.

I dont know if you’ve heard the last few Ricy Warwick albums (formerly of The Alimighty) but he’s capturing something of the same vibe lately. It’s quite nostalgic. How do you make the music stay relevant to the here and now with influences really shining through from the big classic acts?

We don’t think too much about how relevant our music is and we’re not actively trying to make something that’s a throwback or nostalgic. We really just aim to make something that we enjoy listening to. Our hope is that if we keep making music we enjoy that there’ll be other people who enjoy it as well.

I’ve seen you mention in the past that you enjoy country music videos because they’ve got the budget to do really cool stuff. I guess I think to the old Aerosmith and GnR videos as ‘peak rock’ video making. What would you do if expense was no object for TBS?

We don’t think too much about how relevant our music is and we’re not actively trying to make something that’s a throwback or nostalgic. We really just aim to make something that we enjoy listening to. Our hope is that if we keep making music we enjoy that there’ll be other people who enjoy it as well.


2 Comments
  1. Who edits this stuff..?

  2. Franksidebottom Says:

    What a shit name for a band.

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