CONCERT REVIEW: Taking
Back Sunday took over last Sunday
Taking Back Sunday
Kool Haus (Toronto, ON)
Sunday, Mar. 23, 2003
By Bryan Rade
Last Sunday, despite the vicious bite of the bitter cold wind rushing
across the concrete sands of Toronto's southern waterfront, it was an
amazing night to be at the Kool Haus, waiting to see emo-rockers Taking
Formed three years ago in Long Island, the band already has a huge following
across North America, which is commendable, considering the lack of radio
play and video circulation they've been given by the media. Their debut
full-length album Tell All Your Friends was obviously aptly named,
as their popularity has spread almost entirely by word of mouth.
When TBS hit the stage on Sunday, the crowd burst to life, singing along
with every word at the tops of their lungs. The audience was enthusiastic
from start to finish, receiving the three new songs that were played very
well, and giving a huge response to such favourites as "You're So
Last Summer," "You Know How I Do" and "There's No
'I' In Team."
A good portion of the audience was ecstatic when the opening chords of
the ballad "Your Own Disaster" filled the air, a song that only
made a brief appearance on the band's limited edition EP.
"I guess a lot of you guys have the Internet," singer/guitarist
John Nolan joked to the crowd, as it was obvious where most of the crowd
must have heard the song.
After John accidentally announced the song that was supposed to be their
encore, the band played a few more tunes and then wrapped things up with
"Cute Without the 'E' (Cut From The Team)," another favourite
of TBS fans everywhere. Its opening line of "your lipstick, his collar,
don't bother angel/I know exactly what goes on," was an appropriate
summary of the band's overall lyrical theme: heartbreak sucks, but you'll
get over it.
Taking Back Sunday is scheduled to headline this summer's Warped Tour
and is going to be making a television appearance on Jimmy Kimmel
Live sometime in April.