Taking Back Sunday unplugged its trademark sound Thursday night at the Angel Orensanz Foundation for a special acoustic show that was filmed for a DVD set for next year.
The Rockville Centre-based band worked skillfully through a set filled with new arrangements, augmented with the Judgment Day string section, that revealed one surprise after another.
During "Set Phasers to Stun," for example, singer Adam Lazzara was tapping on the drum stands, guitarist Eddie Reyes was playing the drums and drummer Mark O'Connell made his vocal debut by whispering the "Say yes, say yes, say yes, say yes" opening.
A surprise performance of the rarity "Your Own Disaster" turned into a highlight thanks to emotional vocals from Lazzara and guitarist Matt Fazzi. The entire event actually showed off not only how versatile the band has become, but how versatile their songs are, moving effortlessly from hard rock to tender acoustic pop.
If there was any drawback, it was how everyone reacted to the gorgeous surroundings of the Angel Orensanz venue in Manhattan's Lower East Side. "This is the most still I've ever been at one of our shows," said bassist Matt Rubano.
Lazzara urged lucky fans who secured a ticket to the intimate show to sing along, usually unnecessary at a Taking Back Sunday show, adding that it was so quiet he could hear his 10-month-old son Keaton crying in the balcony. "It feels like your nana's house, where you're not allowed touch anything," Rubano added. However, once the band kicked into "You Know How I Do," fans were ready to let loose.
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