Taking Back Sunday: New Album “Happiness Is” Out March 18, 2014 (@TBSofficial)

1630Taking Back Sundaywill release their new album,Happiness Is,onMarch 18thviaHopeless Recordsproduced byMarc Jacob Hudson (Saves The Day, The Swellers)andMike 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-orderHappiness Iswith 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 approachedHappiness 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 thatHappiness Issees 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 fromHappiness Isplus tour dates below.

Track Listing:

  1. Preface
  2. Flicker, Fade
  3. Stood A Chance
  4. All The Way
  5. Beat Up Car
  6. It Takes More
  7. They Don’t Have Any Friends
  8. Better Homes And Gardens
  9. Like You Do
  10. We Were Younger Then
  11. Nothing At All

 

Tour Dates:

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

Written by Juliet Schroder

Juliet Schroder

Juliet is the founder and executive producer/host of Celeb Secrets and Celeb Secrets Country. When not reporting on the latest news in pop culture and country music, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and exploring the latest fashion trends.

Juliet holds a B.S. in marketing from St. John's University.

R5 Release Final ‘Forget About You’ Teasers – Watch Now! (@RikerR5 @RossR5 #R5Family)

Pretty Little Liars “Love ShAck, Baby” Airs Tonight! (@lucyhale @AshBenzo @shaymitch @SleepintheGardn)