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A brief chat with Taking Back Sunday


Post-hardcore band Taking Back Sunday is now 15 years old, and they’re playing the Summit Music Hall on March 4 in support of the new version of their most recent album, entitled Happiness Is: The Complete Recordings. We spoke to rhythm guitarist John Nolan about what we can expect.P

Yellow Scene: Tell us about the new version of Happiness Is – what else are we getting?

John Nolan: There are three songs that was recorded with the album. During the recording, we didn’t know what would make the record. We went with the songs that made for the best flow, and there was a lot of debate within the band. These three songs were great, they just didn’t make the cut and we want people to hear them. Plus, there are three acoustic versions of songs from the record.

YS: You guys are 15 years old now – still loving it?

JN: It’s unbelievable. When we id the first album, I wasn’t thinking past that record. It’s mind-blowing.

YS: Do you like playing Colorado?

JN: I love Denver – it’s a great city. I have friends who live in Boulder, another great city, so we try to get there too. That whole area is beautiful.

YS: What are your plans for the set?

JN: We’re still working it out. We like to do something different on every tour. We don’t have a definite set list, but it’ll be a good mix.

YS: When this tour’s done, what’s next?

JN: We’re going to the UK for the Slam Dunk Fest. We’ll be doing one-off shows and festivals, and when that starts winding down we’ll start thinking about writing for the next record.

Taking Back Sunday plays with Letlive and the Mensingers at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4 at the Summit Music Hall; 1902 Blake St., Denver; 303-487-0111; $27.50-$30.


Brett Calwood
Brett Callwood is an English journalist, copy writer, editor and author, currently living and working in Los Angeles. He is the music editor with the LA Weekly. He was previously a reporter at the Longmont Times-Call and Daily Camera, the music editor at the Detroit Metro Times and editor-in-chief at Yellow Scene magazine. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brett_Callwood

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