Taking Back Sunday, the quintessential Long Island emo band, will release a 20th anniversary reissue of “Tell All Your Friends,” its landmark album from 2002.
According to the British music website NME, the deluxe package will feature liner notes from former Newsday rock critic Glenn Gamboa, who covered the band extensively during its meteoric rise in the early aughts.
The album, set for release May 27 on Craft Recordings, will be available in CD, digital and vinyl formats and will include previously unreleased tracks. The two-LP vinyl set is being issued with limited-edition color pressings and 10-inch etched vinyl disc with four of the album’s original demos. To coincide with the reissue, the band is also offering new and retro merchandise on its website, TakingBackSunday.com.
“Tell All Your Friends” became one of the defining records of the emo era, thanks to singer Adam Lazzara’s heart-on-his-sleeve vocals and singalong anthems such as “Cute Without The ‘E’ (Cut From the Team)” and “Great Romances of the 20th Century.”
“The songs on ‘Tell All Your Friends’ will live on forever, destined to be rediscovered by teens one generation after another,” Gamboa’s liner notes read, according to an excerpt in NME. “They capture universal feelings that don’t generally get much play.”
The reissue comes on a wave of emo nostalgia. The three-day emo festival When We Were Young, scheduled Oct. 22-24 in Las Vegas, will feature Taking Back Sunday and other early-aughts acts such as My Chemical Romance, The Used and Queens’ own Bayside.