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Taking Back Sunday's Adam Lazzara Makes Solo Debut - Premiere
'Because It Works' ditches electric for acoustic

For the past 10 years, Adam Lazzara has fronted Taking Back Sunday, rising from the hardcore punk scene to the national rock stage through the band's combination of pop-punk, modern rock and straight-up pop. But on his first official solo tune, "Because It Works," from the label compilation I Surrender Records Presents: Our Voices, Lazzara puts the electric aside and goes pure folk.

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On the track, Lazzara plays his acoustic guitar with vigorous, hard strikes, clacking and jangling. He blows a few Dylan-style notes into his harmonica before adopting a slight down-home accent, singing a tale of muted distress. Despite the song's dour topic, Lazzara keeps an upbeat tempo throughout, making for a clever contrast between the message and music. In the video, the camera cuts from Lazzara playing out in the country to driving a vintage Range Rover; it ends with him pulling up to a bonfire party.

"It felt a lot more like hanging out than it did work, to be honest," Lazzara told Rolling Stone. "Every week all of us get together for potluck, and that particular week [director] Shamus Coneys just set up a camera. The whole experience was a real family affair, quite literally, and for that I'm grateful."  

I Surrender Records Presents: Our Voices is out now.


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