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In the Studio (And Begging for a Paul McCartney Cameo) With Taking Back Sunday

November 7, 2008 2:20 PM ET

Rock Daily recently visited the Manhattan recording studio where Taking Back Sunday are finishing up their fourth LP — the Long Island group's first with new guitarist Matt Fazzi. Though they're known for their emo-leaning lyrics and sound (see their last huge single, "MakeDamnSure" from 2006's Louder Now), Fazzi and lead singer Adam Lazzara say TBS are consciously pushing out of its comfort zone for this record by doing things like incorporating bassist Matt Rubano's vocals for the first time.

"I think a lot of people who hear the record will recognize the songwriting has grown a lot, but we haven't lost any of that fire that a Taking Back Sunday fan loves about the band," Lazzara explains. He credits Fazzi's addition (the band's fourth lineup change) with creating an excitement the band hasn't felt since their first record, inspiring the upcoming album to be called New Again.

Click above to watch Fazzi and Lazzara talk about recording the album (which is slated for release early next year) as well as their attempts to secure a Paul McCartney cameo and their possible future career on crazy kids' show Yo Gabba Gabba.

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