When a band goes through as many high profile member changes as the beloved New York emo outfit Taking Back Sunday has, it makes sense to title your latest record “New Again.”
But like most of vocalist Adam Lazzara’s characteristically tongue on sleeve/ heart in cheek lyrics, there’s also a second meaning. Yes, there may be a new lineup, but the record also represents something of a rebirth — musically and interpersonally — says latest addition guitarist Matt Fazzi.
“I think the whole vibe is different all the way around,” the longtime friend of the band says.
Longtime fans will be happy to hear the band’s signature shouted melodicism and biting sarcastic heartbreak in tact. But there’s a sense of propulsion that charges the record, particularly on songs like “Lonely, Lonely” and the title track. Fazzi’s guitar playing is a departure too.
“Musically, my guitar approach is ... left of center for this style that we play,” he says. “A lot of that has to do with my liking to play a lot of jazz style chords. So instead of being this wall of sound power chords massive thing, my guitar playing is making a little more space so we can have more subtlety in the guitar and bass relationship. ... Taking away the wall of guitar and making something a little bit smarter out of it.”