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“I hate the word rock star. All that shit in the 80s died there and it needs to stay there.”
—Adam Laz­zara
Pulling back the gen­tle cur­tain on Tak­ing Back Sun­day, one is always quick to notice that Adam Laz­zara is the force behind the ris­ing from the noisy hard­core punk scene to the nation­al rock stage through the steady band’s com­bi­na­tion of pop-punk mod­ern rock and straight-up pop. Let’s just say fif­teen years of earn­ing stripes, and evolv­ing a sound rather than sim­pling toss­ing in the tow­el has begun to pay paid off.

The band was found­ed in 1999 by Eddie Reyes. Reyes was already a vet­er­an of the NYC music scene, and took part in numer­ous projects that kept him in the game. After record­ing their ini­tial epony­mous EP, a Tak­ing Back Sun­day shake-up brought bassist Laz­zara to lead vocals mic. Seems to have been a smart move.

orig-89890In the music record­ing indus­try, the line-up shuf­fles, the scan­dalous fir­ings, the defec­tions, the tran­si­tions, the unex­plained exo­dus, the exo­dus for pro­fes­sion­al rea­sons, and the glo­ri­ous and inglo­ri­ous reunions are each a nat­ur­al part of the often cut-throat busi­ness. Almost goes with­out say­ing.

Tak­ing Back Sun­day has not been immune to these group effect bod­i­ly func­tions. Dur­ing the 2006 Taste of Chaos tour (for which Tak­ing Back Sun­day was head­lin­ing) Fred Mascheri­no, who had joined Tak­ing Back Sun­day in 2003, returned home due to fam­i­ly com­mit­ments. His fel­low mem­bers of TBS were forced to con­tin­ue with­out him, sup­port­ed onstage by mem­bers of Saosin, Anti-Flag and Under­oath. He nev­er came back, but when ready to return to work he start­ed his own projects. Oth­ers came and went.

Now Laz­zara, after ten years of fronting TBS, has gone solo and acoustic with a bane­ful tune—Because It Works.

To be con­tin­ued…

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