Review by Julia Sikora
Having seen Taking Back Sunday twice now, I can honestly say that no one has more fun at a Taking Back Sunday show than lead singer Adam Lazzara. From the moment he walked onstage in Detroit, he had the crowd transfixed with that permanent boyish smile of his. When he wasn’t center-stage swinging his microphone around, Lazzara was grinning wickedly at front row fangirls and innocently mugging for camera phone pictures as if – after thirteen years and six albums – he still hasn’t gotten used to the thrill of having a crowd show up to see his band.
But show up they did. The Fillmore Detroit sold out for Taking Back Sunday’s April date, a show they co-headlined with The Used. Taking Back Sunday started the night off fast with “Stood a Chance,” an angst-ridden track, and the second single off their most recent album Happiness Is… Throwing back to their first album Tell All Your Friends, the band followed up with “Timberwolves at New Jersey,” drawing the gratitude of their longtime fans.
The rest of the night was your standard Taking Back Sunday mixtape, lots of the old and the best of the new. Brand new songs, such as “Flicker, Fade” and “Beat Up Car” found themselves mixed in with Taking Back Sunday essentials, including “You Know How I Do,” “What’s It Feel Like to Be a Ghost?,” and “Number Five with a Bullet.”
My personal favorite song, “Better Homes and Gardens,” came at the height of the set. Coming off of the band’s beloved “A Decade Under the Influence,” Lazzara introduced this new track, confessing that he debated leaving it off the album because of its highly personal lyrics, which detail the near-failure of his marriage. In the end, he decided the song was too good to leave off the album, and more importantly, the night’s setlist.
The set ended far too soon after that, the band closing with the two songs that put them on the map, “Cute without the E (Cut from the Team)” and “Makedamnsure.” It’s hard to watch them walk off stage at the end of the night, but Taking Back Sunday never fails to leave behind that buzzing, steady hum of energy and excitement that will hold us over until they return.