Taking Back Sunday have shared ‘Amphetamine Smiles,’ the third preview track from their forthcoming new album “152”, due October 27 via Fantasy. The new track, is a passionate call for reconnection that’s as much about the band themselves as it is the world at-large, exemplifies the stirring reassurance that make Taking Back Sunday so special.
“You could document the writing, arranging, and recording of ‘Amphetamine Smiles,’ but there’s no way to explain how it came together,” said the band’s lead guitarist, Nolan. “It’s the product of some kind of magic.”
Produced by Tushar Apte and mixed by Neal Avron (Twenty One Pilots, Bleachers), “152” features 10 intensely vulnerable and absorbing new tracks all delivered with fresh ambition and newfound purpose. Inspired by the long layoff and the cloud of uncertainty that blanketed the world (and music industry) these past few years, the album stands among the most genuinely reflective and emotionally pure efforts of Taking Back Sunday‘s illustrious career. “152” is available to pre-order HERE.
From the album’s intricate riffs and anthemic vocals to its elegantly warm synths and economical string arrangements, the quartet work-shopped these new tracks like never before. Previously released single ‘S’old,’ struggles with the obligations of adult responsibility and acceptance, while ‘The One,’ is a far-reaching anthem of love and brotherhood. ‘Keep Going’ tracks the self-defeating darkness of betrayal, while ‘Quit Trying,’ is wrapped with “can’t run from who you are” self-awareness. All through the album, the consistent thread is one of generosity, gratitude and ultimately, hope.
To celebrate the release of “152”, the band’s first album in seven years, Taking Back Sunday announced a series of special, intimate album release shows: November 6 at Lodge Room in Los Angeles; November 9 at Eastside Bowl in Nashville; and November 13 at Bowery Ballroom in NYC. On-sale begins Friday, September 29 at 10:00AM local time.
In addition, the band also announced the ninth Annual Taking Back Sunday Holiday Spectacular at Mulcahy’s Pub and Concert Hall in Wantagh, NY on December 13 and 14, and Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ on December 15 and 16. Tickets are on sale now.
“152” Track Listing:
- Amphetamine Smiles
- The One
- Keep Going
- I Am the Only One Who Knows You
- Quit Trying
- New Music Friday
- Juice 2 Me
- The Stranger