CONCERT REVIEW: Taking Back Sunday @ Kool Haus – 07.22.11

Taking Back Sunday

In 2010, one of the biggest and most exciting announcements in the alternative rock music scene is the reunion of Taking Back Sunday’s original lineup. The Long Island band has gone through a series of lineup changes since 2003 when guitarist/vocalist John Nolan and bassist Shaun Cooper departed soon after their debut release “Tell All Your Friends”, which has been widely received. Seven years later, the original members behind the mastery of “Tell All Your Friends” finally reconciled to write another new album, appropriately a self-titled release to signify the reunion. The highly anticipated album finally dropped on June 28th, 2011 and a North American tour to support it. TBS brought openers Thursday, Colour Revolt and The New Regime to Toronto’s Kool Haus on July 22nd.

Coulour Revolt

San Diego alternative band The New Regime replaced the original openers, pop rock band We Are The In Crowd, who had to drop off the tour to record their debut album. The New Regime is a one man band fronted by Ilan Rubin and opened the night. He played to a small crowd – probably due to the announcements of set times on the promoter LiveNation’s Twitter – most fans decided they would skip the opening bands until the headliners come on. Nevertheless, Rubin performed their first show in Canada with his tour mates with much enthusiasm, engaging the crowd by making small talk while he is changing guitars. There was also this one guy from the audience who kept directly addressing Rubin saying things like, “that’s my favorite song!” and increased the interaction and intimacy of his short set. When indie rock band Colour Revolt came on after The New Regime, more fans came and began to fill up the room. Colour Revolt’s soft set provided a nice contrast to the loud music that ensued.

Thursday

Post-hardcore band Thursday (an observation: Thursday is opening for Taking Back Sunday) formed in 1997, has been a band for 14 years. Their maturity certainly shows in the band’s weathered performance and the highly receptive audience (and I have to say it is rejuvenating to be at a show where most of the audience is legal). The crowd erupted as the crowdsurfers started to set in. The band played  “Jet Black New Year”, which lead singer Geoff Rickly dedicated to Taking Back Sunday. Thursday had the album artwork projected at the back of the stage. For the intro to “No Answers”, the band played a montage included the opening of the Soviet Film “, animations, historical events like bombings and all sorts of things. It was interesting to see how the band combined the song and a film clip in the performance for an extra omniscient effect. The band ended the set with “Turnpike Divides”, from their latest album “No Devolución”.

Thursday

Thursday

Before TBS came on, the passionate crowd began to whistle and chant “TBS” in excitement. The current line up of Taking Back Sunday includes lead singer Adam Lazzara, guitarist Mark Eddie Reyes, bassist Shaun Cooper, guitarist/vocalist John Nolan and drummer Mark O’Connell. Fortunately (and unsurprisingly), the band played a lot of old favorites such as “MakeDamnSure”, “You Know How I Do”, “Bike Scene”, “Set Phasers To Stun”, “Ghost Man On Third”, “Liar (It Takes One To One)” and a couple songs from the new album (“Faith (When I Let You Down) and “El Paso”). The band also performed a cover of Straylight Run’s “Existentialism on Prom Night” (Nolan and Cooper were in Straylight Run after they left TBS in 2003), possibly the softest song of the set and fans sang along dearly. I was aware that vocalist Lazzara has always been known for his crazy mic swinging skills, but I wasn’t expecting to find Lazzara went all the way into the bar and performed “There’s No ‘I’ In Team”. In fact, Lazzara is undeniably a natural performer, utilizes every inch of the venue to maximize the response from fans, for example went far stage right and climbed atop of some speakers for “A Decade Under The Influence”. The entire set consisted of fans shouting back every lines of the song back to the band, the original lineup of TBS definitely take a lot of the fans back to their teenage angst years. After ending announcing the end of the set with “Cute Without The ‘E’ (Cut From The Team)”, fans were unsatisfied and began to demand an encore. After five minutes, the band played two more songs – the ballad “Your Own Disaster” and concluded the nostalgic night with “Great Romance of the 20th Century”.

Taking Back Sunday

Taking Back Sunday

English text and photos by Jessie Lau
Translated by Jaime Chuреклама в лифтах москвастатистика ключевых слов в гугл