Taking Back Sunday Get Louder

New York screamo guys hit 110 miles per hour

December 9, 2005 12:00 AM ET

Long Island screamo dudes Taking Back Sunday spent the fall in Los Angeles, recording the follow-up to 2004's hit Where You Want to Be. Their major-label debut, Louder Now, brings more of the aggression that made their name. But this time around they have the luxury of a tricked-out studio and top-notch producer, Eric Valentine (Good Charlotte, Queen of the Stone Age).

"It's kind of like taking a seven-year-old kid and putting him in Toys 'R' Us," frontman Adam Lazzara says of recording the album, slated for a possible spring release. "It gave us a chance to have more than two guitar sounds on a record. We took a painstakingly long time. I'd drop by the studio, and some of the things coming out -- I'm like, 'This is us? This is our band?' I love it."

Among the group's favorite tracks thus far are the "laidback" "My Blue Heaven" and "Liar, Liar," a song Lazzara describes as "110 miles-per-hour, very hard to play and totally rocking." "Sleep" is "the closest thing we could get to that Motown kind of bass sound," while the rocker "Miami" brings some "real ear-orgasms!"

Wary that all the California sunshine would take the edge off their sound, Lazarra says the band told Valentine, "Look, if this comes out sounding squeaky clean, we're gonna sick dogs on you."

Radio; Shakira's Oral Fixation, Vol. 2; Enya's Amarantine;

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

Music Main Next
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.


We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories


Nelly Furtado with Timbaland | 2006

This club-oriented single featuring Timbaland, who produced Nelly Furtado's third album, Loose, was Furtado’s sexy return after the Canadian singer's exploration of her Portuguese heritage on Folklore. "In the studio, initially I didn’t know if I could do it, 'cause Timbaland wrote that chorus," Furtado said. "I'm like, 'That's cool, but I don't know if I'm ready to do full-out club.'" The flirty lyrics are a dance between a guy and girl, each knowing they will end up in bed together but still playing the game. "Tim and I called it 'The BlackBerry Song,' she said, "because everything we say in the song you could text-message to somebody."

More Song Stories entries »