Glenn Gamboa writes about music for Newsday.
For Taking Back Sunday, last year's tour celebrating the 10th anniversary of its breakthrough "Tell All Your Friends" album was so special because it seemed so unlikely.
Never mind all the lineup changes and eventual reunions that had to happen to make it possible. It was unlikely because it was more of a collection of songs they put together in their Amityville rehearsal space so they could play more shows than an album they thought would stand the test of time.
However, 11 years later, it still holds up, a potent reminder of how big Long Island's hard-core/emo scene became. And, on Tuesday, with the release of "TAYF 10 Acoustic," on the band's own Sorry label, fans will get a chance to hear the songs in a new way.
"We reworked all the songs," says bassist Shaun Cooper. "We wanted to see what we could do with them now, as 30-somethings and with Eddie [Reyes, the band's founder and guitarist] 40-something. It was a lot of fun."
The band played two special acoustic shows, one at the Troubadour in Los Angeles and one at the Beat Kitchen in Chicago. The shows were recorded and filmed for the project, which will be sold as both an audio-only live album and as a video, including the performances and behind-the-scenes interviews with the band.
"It was cool to go back to those places after all these years," Cooper says. "I remember when we played the Troubadour the first time, I read onstage one of the worst reviews we had ever gotten. We were just so surprised that anyone would hate us so much because we didn't think anyone would care."
"TAYF 10 Acoustic" also features plenty of the onstage discussions between the band members -- Cooper, singer-guitarist Adam Lazzara, guitarists John Nolan and Reyes, and drummer Mark O'Connell -- that marked that tour. "It really captures the moment," Cooper says. "It really was like Adam said -- a celebration."
Cooper says the band is working on its sixth album. "The songs we have now are really good rock songs," he says, adding that they were all writing songs during the anniversary tour. "We've been working on songs for two years, fine-tuning them over a long time. We know we're going to be even better than before."
"TAYF 10 Acoustic" will be released Tuesday through digital retailers and takingbacksunday.com.
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