Taking Back Sunday at O2 Ritz, Manchester

Tidal Wave album cover
Tidal Wave Album

Consisting of various band members since establishing themselves on the post hardcore / screamo circuit in New York over fifteen years ago, Adam Lazzara, Eddie Reyes, John Nolan, Shaun Cooper and Mark O’Connell came back to Manchester to grace the stage at the O2 Ritz. Many of us, myself included, probably first embraced Taking Back Sunday in the mid-noughties, particularly after the band received great success after releasing “Where You Want To Be”, which was the band’s second studio album. Now, in 2017 they’re back and touring their most recent release, “Tidal Wave”.

Taking Back Sunday started out with “Death Wolf”, the first track on the new album to get the crowd going with pop-punk style guitars and pounding drums. Lazzara’s vocals sounded just as good as ever before, singing with passion and fervour. They followed on with an excellent mix of songs taken from “Louder Now”, “Tell All Your Friends”, “Where You Want To Be” and “Happiness Is”, as well as “Tidal Wave” evidently.

Hearing real crowd-pleasing tracks that have been firm favourites for Taking Back Sunday fans over the years was akin to being transported back in time to our youth. From “Liar (It Takes One To Know One)” and “A Decade Under The Influence”, to the incredibly dark but catchy “Stood a Chance”, and the even more sombre “Better Homes and Gardens” from “Happiness Is”, the track selection delighted the somewhat varied audience of fans old and new.

The set came to a close with two songs which just could not be omitted; “Cute Without The ‘E’ (Cut From The Team)”, and finally, “MakeDamnSure”. The final song is still the most successful song to date by Taking Back Sunday, and still resonates with the audience over a decade after it was first released. Plus, many of us will never tire of Lazzara’s ability to swing a microphone like no other.

As someone who has followed the music releases of Taking Back Sunday since around 2004 at the tender age of 15, I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of their show at The O2 Ritz in Manchester. It’s safe to say that the Ritz’s springboard dancefloor works perfectly for a rock gig like this one.

Setlist

Death Wolf
Liar (It Takes One To Know One)
You Can’t Look Back
Timberwolves at New Jersey
What’s It Feel Like To Be A Ghost?
A Decade Under The Influence
All Excess
Error: Operator
You’re So Last Summer
Flicker, Fade
Call Come Running
You Know How I Do
Stood A Chance
Better Homes and Gardens
Tidal Wave
My Blue Heaven
Cute Without The “E” (Cut From The Team)
MakeDamnSure

Hear “Tidal Wave” by Taking Back Sunday here on the official YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_csSRZdo34g

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