January 28, 2014


Taking Back Sunday & The Used Announce Co-Headlining Tour, New Albums

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Two bands that reached monstrous popularity during the golden years of pop-punk and emo are teaming up for a dream-come-true co-headlining tour.

Taking Back Sunday and The Used revealed they'll be hitting the road together for a six-week nationwide tour this spring. The tour begins on March 14 in Dallas and will snake across the entire country before coming to an end on April 27 in Orlando. They'll be joined by pop-punk act Tonight Alive and rock outfit Sleepwave (the new project from former Underoath frontman Stephen Chamberlain). 

This tour comes during a busy period for both bands, as the Hopeless Records labelmates are each set to release brand new albums this spring. Taking Back Sunday will drop their sixth LP, Happiness Is, on March 18, but you can preview it by listening to "Flicker, Fade" below. This is the Long Island quartet's second album since reuniting as the original lineup behind the adored emo favorite, Tell All Your Friends

Based on the first single, TBS seem to be making moves toward a more nuanced Louder Now sound. The chorus encourages similarities to the massive single "Makedamnsure" with vocalists Adam Lazzarra and John Nolan straining their vocals over an explosive, chaotic chorus and bridge.

The Used announced that their sixth full-length, Imaginary Enemy, will be out April 1, only a couple weeks after Taking Back Sunday's. The Utah-based act released a new single of their own, "Cry," which takes the band closer to mainstream rock radio while bringing screaming vocals—which have been almost absent from their last two albums—back into play. And there's a heavy, riffy breakdown in the bridge that will be refreshing for longtime fans.

Interestingly, these two bands have been on nearly identical album cycles throughout their careers: They both released LPs in 2002, 2004, 2009 and now 2014, with two other releases separated by only one year.  

This tour is sure to ignite a fire in the Warped Tour scene. These bands are amongst the most resistant of any we've seen in the world of pop-punk and emo, riding the popular wave in the mid-2000s and adjusting very well when the climate for this music cooled down years later. Neither band has ever been on a hiatus and neither seems to be slowing down anytime soon. Check out the full dates below.

Taking Back Sunday/The Used with Tonight Alive, Sleepwave:
3/14 Quiktrip Park Dallas, TX 
3/15 Backstage Live San Antonio, TX
3/16 Bayou Music Centre Houston, TX
3/18 Marquee Theatre Phoenix, AZ
3/21 In The Venue Salt Lake City, UT
3/22 In The Venue Salt Lake City, UT
3/23 Knitting Factory Boise, ID
3/25 Warfield San Francisco, CA
3/27 Palladium Los Angeles, CA
3/28 House of Blues San Diego, CA
3/29 Extreme Thing Las Vegas, NV 
4/1 Ogden Theatre Denver, CO
4/2 Sokol Omaha, NE
4/4 Eagles Ballroom Milwaukee, WI
4/5 Concord Music Hall Chicago, IL
4/6 Fillmore Detroit, MI
4/8 Kool Haus Toronto, ON
4/9 The Armory Rochester, NY
4/11 Webster Theatre Hartford, CT
4/12 House of Blues Boston, MA
4/13 Tower Theatre Philadelphia, PA
4/15 Best Buy Theatre New York, NY
4/19 Sands Bethlehem, PA
4/22 Fillmore Silver Spring, MD
4/24 The Tabernacle Atlanta, GA
4/26 Revolution Ft.Lauderdale, FL
4/27 House of Blues Orlando, FL