Taking Back Sunday will release their new album, Happiness Is, on March 18th via Hopeless Records produced by Marc Jacob Hudson (Saves The Day, The Swellers) and Mike Sapone (Brand New, O’Brother). With the spirit of resilience and innovation dripping all over the band’s sixth full-length, the album addresses some heady concepts, but it simultaneously showcases a new musical and conceptual leap for this band of mainstream misfits that’s sure to endear them to fans both new and old. To pre-order Happiness Is with an instant download of single ‘Flicker, Fade”, please visit: hopelessrecords.com/happinessis. For more information, please visit: www.takingbacksunday.com.
Written over a year period with no involvement from a record label for the first time since their legendary 2002 debut, Tell All Your Friends, the album sees the band expanding their musical palette and stretching out sonically in ways they’ve never done before by utilizing both producer’s, Hudson and Sapone, strengths. “Through this process we had many more shared experiences as adults that have come into play. We had near death experiences purely from the force of nature, common enemies, playing for the troops who protect us against a different kind of enemy and that led to seeing parts of the world that you would never in your lifetime expect to see and leave you a bit haunted. There is a new level of honesty both in the writing and working with two producers who we have known for so long,” says Shaun Cooper.
“I tried to be a little more loose; I was more focused on being myself than trying to sound perfect or anything,” Lazzara responds when asked how he approached Happiness Is. “We also played around a lot with arranging the harmonies and playing with layers and I think that makes these songs a lot more rich.” Correspondingly songs like “Stood A Chance” alternate between melodic moments and moody breakdowns in a way that’s so seamless that you’ll hardly notice its happening until its all over, while “Better Homes And Gardens” sounds like catharsis set to a driving drumbeat. The band also clearly weren’t afraid to let these songs truly take on their own spirit as evidenced by the ambient ballad “It Takes More,” which started out as an upbeat rocker before becoming the atmospheric masterpiece that it evolved into.
Fans of Taking Back Sunday will also rejoice at the fact that Happiness Is sees the band’s enigmatic frontman at his most personal. “Through the years I’ve tried to stay pretty cryptic because often times it’s easier not to have to explain yourself but on this record I was very direct in the sense I tried to use the simplest way to get an idea across,” Lazzara explains. “In the past I don’t think I ever would have let a song like ‘Like You Do’ go on an album because it’s so heartfelt in a simple way and I also think it’s actually one of the first love songs we’ve ever written.”
Tracklist from Happiness Is plus tour dates below.
- Flicker, Fade
- Stood A Chance
- All The Way
- Beat Up Car
- It Takes More
- They Don’t Have Any Friends
- Better Homes And Gardens
- Like You Do
- We Were Younger Then
- Nothing At All
Feb. 19th Roxy Prague, Czech Republic
Feb. 20th Luxor Koln, Germany
Feb. 21st Melkweg Amsterdamn, Netherlands
Feb. 22nd Fleche D’or Paris, France
Feb. 23rd Kasbah Coventry, UK
Feb. 26th Koko London, UK
March 1st Silverlake Music Festival Pattaya, Thailand
March 2nd Scape – The Ground Theater Singapore, Singapore
March 14th South By So What?! Grand Prairie, TX
March 29th Extreme Thing Las Vegas, NV
Photo: Hopeless Records