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If you can’t believe that Taking Back Sunday have been around for 20 years, you’re not alone, because they can’t either. Although the pride of Long Island have had a handful of member changes over the years, the current lineup of the band –vocalist Adam Lazzara, guitarist John Nolan, drummer Mark O’Connell and bassist Shaun Cooper –have all been there since the beginning. From the band’s landmark 2002 debut Tell All Your Friends to their most recent full-length, 2016’s Tidal Wave, Taking Back Sunday have evolved from a key player in the early 2000s emo scene to a genre-defying rock band who have three gold albums without ever ceasing to push the limitations of their sound. This fact is evidenced on Twenty, a 21-song collection set for release in January 2019 via Craft Recordings that spans all seven of their full-lengths and solidifies them as an act with a catalog that will undoubtedly outlive them. By now you know the basic history of the band, so we thought it’d be apt to look back at the fact that almost none of it happened…“When I joined Taking Back Sunday in 1999, it was the first real band that I had ever been a part of, but it never crossed my mind that I would be doing this twenty years later. When I came in to audition it was just [original vocalist] Antonio [Longo] and [founding TBS guitarist and former Movie life member] Eddie Reyes. Eddie had started enough bands that he was like, ‘I know how to do this, I can just call one guy.’ But it was a crazy thing. When it started out, there was a lot more likelihood that it would fizzle out in a few months than it would last a few years. I tried out, and basically after we jammed for a couple of hours Eddie was like,’All right, you’re in. You have to get some different equipment though… and I’ll sell it to you.’I think he sold me a head and cabinet for $200 [that] had to be worth at least $600.” -John Nolan“My entry into the band is pretty interesting. One day my brother said, ‘Hey, my friend is looking for a drummer and he wanted to know if you wanted to try out.’ But once I realized he was talking about Eddie, I had second thoughts. I remembered Eddie was the jerk who would yell at me and Shaun and all of our friends in front of Shaun’s house when we would hang out there because he would be going to Movie life practice. So I said, ‘No, I don’t want to play in a band with that guy.’ Then maybe two months later Shaun and I were hanging out [with] my mutual friend at a restaurant where Antonio worked and our friend said, ‘Yo, my boy needs a drummer for his band if you want to try out.’The first song I heard was ‘Go On’ and I was like, ‘Wow, this definitely has a lot of potential,’ so I agreed. On my first tryout I remember walking in and seeing John, Antonio and then guess who’s there? Eddie Reyes. I was like, ‘Oh, what’s up, man? How are you doing?’ That was it.” -Mark O’Connell“
Source: Marathon Music Works