Taking Back Sunday Announce New Album, Tour

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Taking Back Sunday
WRITTEN BY
William Goodman

Grab a tissue and throat lozenge: Screamo stalwarts Taking Back Sunday are taking back the stage!

On June 2, the New York quintet will drop New Again, their fourth studio album and first since 2006's chart-smashing Louder Now.

The new album is also the band's first with guitarist/vocalist Matt Fazzi, who replaced Fred Mascherino in 2008. It was recorded with producer David Kahne (Paul McCartney, the Strokes, Sublime) in New York.

"On this record, we challenged ourselves to write the best songs we possibly could while trying new things in an effort to push the envelope in terms of what it means to sound like Taking Back Sunday," bassist Matt Rubano said in October, when the band was in the studio. "I think this record has an honesty and an urgency that we haven't achieved before."

Added vocalist Adam Lazzara: "Matt [Fazzi] has brought new life to Taking Back Sunday. He is the push we needed to break through some walls this time around."

After appearances at California's Bamboozle Left festival on April 5 and New Jersey's Bamboozle on May 3, the band -- Lazzara, Rubano, Fazzi, Eddie Reyes (guitar), and Mark O'Connell (drums) --will embark on a 33-date U.S. tour, starting May 14 in Cleveland, OH. The boys will hit major cities nationwide before concluding June 27 in Boston.

Ticket pre-sale begins March 18 at 10 A.M. With every two tickets purchased, fans will receive a digital download of New Again. Visit takingbacksunday.com for details.

Taking Back Sunday tour dates:
5/14, Cleveland, OH (House of Blues)
5/15, Cincinnati, OH (Bogarts)
5/16, Chicago, IL (Journeys Backyard BBQ)
5/17, Detroit, MI (Clutch Cargos)
5/19, Minneapolis, MN (First Avenue)
5/20, Milwaukee, WI (The Rave)
5/21, Indianapolis, IN (Egyptian Room)
5/24, Omaha, NE (Sokol Auditorum)
5/26, Boulder, CO (Boulder Theatre)
5/27, Salt Lake City, UT (In The Venue)
5/28, Boise, ID (Knitting Factory)
5/29, Seattle, WA (Showbox Sodo)
5/30, Vancouver, BC (Commodore)
5/31, Portland, OR (Roseland)
6/4, Las Vegas, NV (House of Blues)
6/5, San Diego, CA (SOMA)
6/7, Bakersfield, CA (Rockin Roots Festival)
6/9, Phoenix, AZ (Marquee Theatre)
6/10, Albuquerque, NM (Sunshine Theater)
6/12, Oklahoma City, OK (Diamond Ballroom)
6/13, Little Rock, AK (The Village)
6/14, Mandeville, LA (Mandeville Trailhead Amphitheatre)
6/16, Tampa, FL (Jannus Landing)
6/17, Atlanta, GA (Masquerade)
6/18, Charlotte, NC (Amos Southend)
6/19, Richmond, VA (The National)
6/20, Philadelphia, PA (Electric Factory)
6/21, Baltimore, MD (Sonar)
6/23, Toronto, ON (Kool Haus)
6/24, Rochester, NY (Water Street Music Hall)
6/25, Hartford, CTWebster Theatre
6/26, Hampton Beach, NHCasino Ballroom
6/27, Boston, MAHouse of Blues

More Taking Back Sunday on SPIN.com:
>> Taking Back Sunday Recording New Album
>> Live at Virgin Mobile Festival '08: Taking Back Sunday

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