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Taking Back Sunday Taking Back Sunday

'Let The Smart Noise Be Heard'

Taking Back Sunday's 3rd album, Louder Now, is in stores and packs a high octane energy that supersedes thier previous efforts. Produced the Eric Valentine, famous for recording such acts as Queens of the Stone Age and Third Eye Blind, was instrumental in helping TBS a sound that is turning heads.

Their first album, 2002's "Tell All Your Friends" made waves in the rock/alternative community. Their second album, "Where You Want To Be," landed them on the 2004 Warped Tour and landed them on the Billboard Charts at Number #3 in the Top 200, in July of 2004.

Taking Back Sunday's (Adam Lazzara- Vocals; Fred Mascherino - Guitar, Vocals; Mark O'Connell - Drums; Matt Rubano - Bass) latest effort, "Louder Now," has them performing on the "Taste of Chaos" tour, overseas and soon, coming to the US.

How would you describe the variations and contrast on the new album, as opposed to the previous releases? Mark O'Connell - "There have been changes since the last album. We have two new members and we feel that we are evolving as a band. We don't want to slow down; we want to rock harder as we go."

What was it like working with Producer Eric Valentine? "Eric is a genius! He is awesome, we have wanted to work with before but it all fell into place. He had great ideas and pushed us to our limits, it was a rewarding experience."

What was it like when you made the Billboard Charts for 'Where You Want To Be?' What feelings come to mind? "It was a weird at first, but it was great; different. We were excited.It gave us a good feeling. It's amazing."

Taking Back Sunday is known for environmental stances on Global Warming. Kindly elaborate "We are very conscious about the the impact of Global Warming. It's scary. Federal laws prohibit "smart cars." The government is not thinking of the future. They are making money and wasting energy. We are quite adamant in our stance. There are alternatives."

Tell us about the song writing process. I see from biography that a lot of the music is written whilst you are on the road "For inspiration, we draw from our creative sources. A guitar riff here, drums added. It's mostly while touring. It's a process."

What about the non-album tracks that have been released? Will they make it to CD anytime soon? "We're not quite sure at the present. However, that is subject to change in the future."

In reflection, how was the 2004 Warped Tour? "It was pretty good. We were friends with the other bands so we had a good time. It was like Summer Camp. We had a blast."

Please tell us about the 'Taste of Chaos' tour you are on now "We are having fun. There are so many band on the road with us. It's a great time."

How has the audience response been? "The kids are having a great time, as are we. They sing along to our songs, mosh and crowd surf. For them, it's an emotional release.'

What is the story behind the "Liar" video? "We never tell what is the meaning behind the songs. It's up to the listener to decide for themselves. It has to be their point of view and to relate to what they are feeling."

Any plans after the "Taste of Chaos" tour? Is it back to the studio? "As a matter of fact, we will take a break, then do some radio shows in late February. Then, it's off to tour in the smaller markets."

Interviewed by Eva M. Trudeau

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Send me your answers and if you're correct you'll be in the running to win one of these great AUTOGRAPHED CDs! Just send us an e:mail here before December 31st with your answer and the subject title 'CONTEST: TAKING BACK SUNDAY SIGNED CDs' to: exclusivemagazine@flash.net

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