152 is a new milestone for Taking Back Sunday. From intricate riffs to anthemic vocals, elegantly warm synths to economical string arrangements, the quartet have created an outstanding follow-up to their 2016 hit, Tidal Wave.
Taking Back Sunday is back with their hotly anticipated eighth studio album, fittingly titled 152. The album is poignantly named after a stretch of road in North Carolina that served as a gathering place for the band and their friends during their teenage years. It was where dreams were born and bonds forged.
It's been seven years since Taking Back Sunday's 2016 release, Tidal Wave, and it's safe to say it's been well worth the wait. The band, known for their emotionally charged anthems, has crafted a new masterpiece that offers a beacon of hope and light, a beacon that not only guides the lost but also illuminates their own journey.
Reflecting on the album's creation, Taking Back Sunday reveals, "152 offers a lot more hope and light than we first realized when we were in the thick of it, putting it all together. Our hope is that you're able to find a little bit of yourself in this new collection of songs because you're not alone, and neither are we."
Produced by Tushar Apte, whom the band discovered through a collaboration with noted DJ Steve Aoki, and mixed by Neal Avron, whose credits include Twenty One Pilots and Bleachers, 152 features 10 intensely vulnerable and absorbing tracks. This album, delivered with fresh ambition and newfound purpose, has been inspired by the uncertainty and turmoil that enveloped the world and the music industry in recent years. It stands as one of the most genuine and emotionally pure efforts of Taking Back Sunday's career.
The band's co-founder, Adam Lazzara, shares his excitement for the project, saying, "You would think after 20 years, we knew what each other is going to do. But there were so many times making this record where I heard the initial idea and thought I knew where it would go, but then I was super surprised. It’s those kinds of surprises that make it so exciting. That’s why we all still want it so badly."
John Nolan, the band's guitarist, adds, "When we’re writing songs, the one thing we ask ourselves, ‘Is it capable of making people feel something?’ You try to make people feel emotion. That’s the one goal we went in with, and we think we did it."
152 opens with the soaring "Amphetamine Smiles," a powerful tale of reconnection that resonates with both the band and the world at large. Throughout the album, the band delves into themes of adult responsibility, brotherhood, betrayal, and self-awareness. Each track offers a unique emotional journey, and a consistent thread of generosity, gratitude, and hope runs through them all.
Taking Back Sunday, originally from Long Island, NY, has been a cornerstone of the rock scene for over two decades. Their music resonates with sincerity, desire, and connection, and they've continually pushed the boundaries of the genre with their songcraft and pop sensibilities.
Despite the substantial gap between releases, a new generation of fans has discovered Taking Back Sunday, and their enduring legacy has grown even stronger. 152 is Taking Back Sunday at their very best, delivering a gripping and self-assured statement from a band once again at the peak of their prodigious powers.