Is the “Tell All Your Friends”-era lineup of Taking Back Sunday getting back together?
Well, it’s certainly a possibility, judging from the mystery picture on the band’s website today, which has bars partially covering the faces of singer Adam Lazzara, guitarist Eddie Reyes, drummer Mark O’Connell and two other guys who appear to be former members John Nolan and Shaun Cooper.
Bassist Matt Rubano announced this afternoon that he was leaving the Rockville Centre-based band, saying in a statement, “After seven years I'm sad to announce that I will no longer be playing the bass with Taking Back Sunday. I would like to thank Adam, Eddie and Mark for giving me this amazing opportunity that changed my life. I am proud of the music we made together and cherished every moment of it.”
Matt Fazzi, who joined the band in 2008, also announced he was leaving, saying, “The last 2 years with Taking Back Sunday have been beyond a dream come true, from touring and playing with bands that I really admire, to playing new places all around the world, to meeting and working with so many wonderful people along the way. It’s something that I never once took for granted and that I will never forget.”
The exit of Rubano and Fazzi does leave room for Nolan and Cooper to return to the band they left in 2003 to form Straylight Run, which recently announced that it was on hiatus. Taking Back Sunday’s publicist Kate Cafaro confirmed Rubano and Fazzi’s departures. “Anything else is unknown,” she added.
Instead, there have been a flurry of cryptic comments on the Twitter accounts of Lazzara and Cooper, as well as Nolan’s blog, where he says, “Look out!”
Fans are cautiously excited by the prospect of a reunion, though many are pointing out that the announcements are “suspiciously close to April Fool’s Day.”
Is it really happening? Stay tuned.
PHOTO: Taking Back Sunday? from Warner Bros. Records