If there has ever been a visual metaphor for the second wave of emo, it's a band of women in tank tops kicking the shit out of a skinny white guy. That iconic image, a vibration of that of David Fincher Fight Club from the video for "Cute Without the E (Cut From the Team) by Taking Back Sunday", it largely symbolizes a wave of bands from the beginning of the 00 that had been discouraged and used pop and post-hardcore for expose their freshly harvested scabs. But the scene of the video was also on the nose to the point of being encamped, marking the divergent path that Take Back Sunday took from their peers. Their music described all the ways of being an emotional punching bag, even though it emitted stereotypes with a bleeding heart. The balance between wit and sincerity unfolds through their debut just remastered, still compelling, in 2002 Tell all your friends.
The members of Return Back Sunday came from the type of suburban cities that have a way of magnifying anxiety, isolation and paranoia with high-level urgency. In 1999, the five pieces were formed in Amityville, New York, bringing their then-label Victory Records to proclaim that "a city that has been synonymous with nothing but horror since the 1979 release of The horror of Amityville is going to be redefined. "But given the almost universal concerns of their historic debut Tell all your friends—Heart, jealousy and depression, elevated to an operatic intensity – the five pieces could have come from anywhere out of reach in the United States. The gray stretch of highway depicted on the cover of their debut album Tell all your friends is specific to a region like a McDonald's.
Their sound, however, had revealing antecedents in the burgeoning punk scene of the late 1990s and post-hardcore throughout the nation. The hooks of Get Up Kids, the intensity of Thursday and the post-rockish flourishes of Cap'n Jazz come together in the thesis and lit hymns of Taking Back Sunday, leaving also a trace of bread crumbs to the fans to deepen the kind. Guitarist Eddie Reyes had played in bands including Movielife and the call-and-response voice of another former band, Clockwise, which inspired the feverish duels of Adam Lazzara and John Nolan.
On Tell all your friends, each tool pushes one against the other. The frontman Adam Lazzara, a masochist of microphones with the straight hair of a Funko Pop! figurine: shows the opening lines of the album as if it had been waiting for all life to do it. "So sick so tired of being tired, and oh so tired of being sick." Later, a choir-bar poster arrives next to guitars that hit like an electric current surge. "We will no longer represent confused eyes." It is a sublime absurdity that swells the chest, a stake in the ground that is twisted until it stops.
The psyche of the young, white, heterosexual men is dissected with surprising candor. "Ghost Man on Third" is a brutally vivid chronicle of addiction and the suicidal idea, on which Lazzara heartbreakingly repeats the line, "It is a pity I don't think they notice." Meanwhile, "Bike Scene", with a splendid supportive voice of Nolan's sister, Michelle DaRosa, fits into a hundred hooks while evoking post-harrowing depression. "The Blue Channel" takes a squalid riff and plunges it into screams, before Lazzara whispers a whisper at the end of the song: "Do you know what your girlfriend is doing?"
In moments like this, the description of the author Jessica Hopper on women in emo songs comes to mind. They are, he wrote in a 2003 essay, "denied the dignity of humanization through language and narratives (…) only consequently in romantic contexts". It is difficult to deny this reading of Tell all your friends& # 39; Texts. But the band consciously plays in the tropes of emo – by 2002, already well worn – with a conscious wink. Women are called "sweetness" and "princess", terms that give their songs the satirical register of fucking comedy. You can imagine that Cary Grant is giving a joke like "Carina without the E", "don't worry, angel" through a plume of cigarette smoke. And the unforgettable line of "You are so last summer" – "You could cut my throat / And with my last breath I would apologize for the bleeding on your shirt" – it's both painfully real and definitely absurd, a humorous quality hammered at home by the bizarre lip-synching of Flava Flav with the lines of the video of the song.
In 2003 Absolute punk interview, Nolan explained the psychodramatic re-enactments of his and Lazzara's on the dialogue of a heterosexual couple in their music: "Adam and I initially had the idea of having some texts written as a theatrical work in which one row is the boy and the next line is the girl, "He said. This fluidity, combined with the squalid gatherings that catalyze the Lazzara fic with other emo frontmen, allows deliciously bizarre readings of songs like "I & # 39; m So Last Summer", on which Lazzara ties, "These grass spots on my knees don't mean a thing. "(She is telling a woman's speech. But he is still saying it.) Taking back Sunday's innate flamboyance, combined with the voluntary shifting of their genre track songs, makes them a abnormal complicator in a largely linear scene that cis male privileged voices even though their texts eventually confirmed its supporting pillars.
Even so, the most compelling report cataloged Tell all your friends It's the Flame War between Taking Back Sunday and Jesse Lacey of Brand New (2017 reports that Lacey is a sex offender and a pedophile). A former member of the band, Lacey was allegedly expelled from Taking Back Sunday after romanticizing Nolan's girlfriend, and responded with the cruel DUI fantasy of 2001, "Seventy Times 7." The Amityville band turned Lacey's words against him in the mathematical hymn "There is no" in the team ", but everyone involved seemed to enjoy the drama; the bands came together to perform a mix of two songs a few months later Tell all your friends& # 39; publication. The context of real life seemed to undermine any real threat of texts like "best friends means I pulled the trigger", fueling the myth of both groups. Adding the belief to the theory that rivalry was just deep, you can buy the Brand New Team or Team Taking Back Sunday shirt.
Unbeknownst to the band members who made the album while they were grazing the legal age for drinking, Tell all your friendss marked a pivot point for second-wave emo. The genre exploded in late 2004 and 2005, when Fall Out Boy and My Chemical Romance became points of reference for TRL and the second album of Taking Back Sunday, 2004 Where do you want to be, sold 163,000 copies in its first week, a staggering number even in the CD era. But Tell all your friends it is still synonymous with being young, being excited, being a troll. It was a sign of creeping in just a moment before everything changed.
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