Taking Back Sunday - Terminal 5 - 11/24/12


Better Than: Being upset that your Thanksgiving break is already over.

Every time Taking Back Sunday lead singer Adam Lazzara swung the microphone cord around his neck or climbed the balconies of Terminal 5 Saturday, I felt a pang of anxiety shoot up my spine. Between his stage antics and the thrash-dance heavy mosh pits forming across the main floor, the recklessness served as a reminder of what their breakthrough album Tell All Your Friends meant to suburban kids who were angry for no reason, or every reason, upon its release 10 years ago.

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Live: Pop-Punk Rises (And Crowdsurfs) Again At The Warped Tour

Brad Nelson
Warped Tour: Taking Back Sunday, New Found Glory, Every time I Die, Polar Bear Club, Fireworks, and others.
Nassau Coliseum
Saturday, July 21

Better than: Last year.

A few images:

• The weather was beautiful; this year there was wind. Sunlight gently cascaded onto the grounds and sometimes retreated behind the clouds, where it burned invisibly. Every Time I Die singer Keith Buckley paced swiftly across the Monster Energy stage. "There's no roof on this stage," he said. "There was a roof, but the truck hit an overpass and knocked it the fuck off. We are exposed to the elements and it's beautiful."
• The more introspective bands get audiences with sensitive tattoos. "At least we're still alive" was engraved along the length of one Polar Bear Club fan's collarbone.
• There was at least one tent in which a sponsored and mildly attended dubstep party transpired.
• One man dedicated a full minute to peeling a promotional sticker from his shoe.
• By 5 p.m., half of everyone carried a misshapen sunburn, pain in generous pink blossoms.
• The curious quantity of Magic: The Gathering cards littering the pavement, then the heavy and cynical shadow of the Magic truck just beyond the Kia Soul Stage.

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Live: Taking Back Sunday Bring It Back Together At The Best Buy Theater

Taking Back Sunday w/Thursday
Best Buy Theater
Sunday, July 17

Better than: Breaking up.

The Best Buy Theater seems hermetically sealed from Times Square—to enter it is to completely remove yourself from the heat, which, in July, introduces stasis to the blood. You are rewarded inside with a new cool existence in a frozen tube. Inside there is lighting like the inside of an addict brain, muted but forceful. Here a band like Thursday can half-work: their new record, No DevoluciĆ³n, is mixed so that the songs seem mute sketches of themselves, courting the high frequencies while also displacing bass and therefore shape and meat. To explain it is to try to pin superlatives to a half-forgotten thing in another room. Mid-set, singer Geoff Rickly celebrated its success in the modern terms of the music business—"It's No. 3 on Metacritic."

Set against their older work—a kind of forceful post-hardcore with real and earnest allusions to A Silver Mt. Zion—the songs from No DevoluciĆ³n were assigned a pulse, or at least to an environment of muscle. The mix—a flat beam of guitar, sometimes accompanied by the complete loud arc of a vocal—should have magnified the new, distant Thursday songs. But even live and invigorated, the new songs imparted a distance. Members of the crowd were visibly displaced, locked in a confusion of prepared responses. Who can clap or scream in a vacuum?

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