The new song marches quickly with Irish-tinged rally calls and frontman Adam Lazzara's voice a little gnarlier than usual, making a political statement with lyrics like, "When guns are drawn outside your door, will you call for a pizza, will you join the war?"
Lazzara recently did an interview where he says Tidal Wave "is a bit of a departure but I don’t think its coming out of left field. We realize anything we do is going to sound like Taking Back Sunday." He told Entertainment Weekly:
“Look, in my mind every album anyone’s ever written is an emo album because there’s a lot of emotion that goes into all of that. You can’t listen to ‘Hey Jude’ and tell me that’s not an emo song. I don’t like being pigeonholed because I think there’s more to it than that. I think this record highlights that very well, so no I wouldn’t consider it an emo record in the traditional sense of the word...With our first records, we’re writing from the perspective of 17, 18-year-old kids and now it’s like as you grow older the blinders get pulled back and you have a different way of looking at the world around you.”
Check out our vintage interview of Taking Back Sunday discussing Tom DeLonge: