Live Music

Taking Back Sunday: The Tidal Wave Tour

By: Amanda Meyer//

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There are many perks to growing up on Long Island – great bagels and pizza, some nice beaches, and an awesome music scene. Middle school was when I first started to divulge into the music that came from the Island. Taking Back Sunday and Brand New are two of the biggest artists to come out of here and they’re also two of my favorite bands.

Last month, TBS released their 7th studio album, Tidal Wave, and to promote it they’re currently on a small club tour throughout the US. I was lucky enough to grab tickets for one of their Irving Plaza shows in NYC (they did two back-to-back nights) and at Revolution in Amityville.

The show at Revolution was more special for me because it was their actual hometown show and the venue is right down the street from their old homes. Anytime TBS tours, they’ll typical hit an NYC venue and call it their “hometown show” but the band grew up and started in Amityville! Revolution has a capacity of 500 people and to be in that small of a room with such a huge band was amazing. I’ve seen the band do acoustic sets in rooms similar to that size, but I’ve also seen them play in front of 15,000+ people.

unnamed-29For this tour, the band has been starting off their set playing their latest album in its entirety and then getting to some old hits. Although many may argue that they only go to TBS shows for their hits like ‘MakeDamnSure’ and ‘You’re So Last Summer,’ it was great hearing this new album in full. The band’s style has changed throughout the years, but Tidal Wave has made its way into my heart. To hear an entirely new album translated live is always an amazing experience.

Amanda Meyer

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