Taking Back Sunday-Faith (When I Let You Down) Video

Finally, there’s an official music video (Rather than video with music) released from Taking Back Sunday’s self-titled fifth album.

The comedic video focuses on a disturbingly large cat (OMGWTFTBSCat) that manages become a YouTube sensation, obtaining over 80 million views. Unfortunately, this new found fame goes straight to OMGWTFTBSCat’s head, who begins to alienate his old friends and fans alike whilst delving into the seedy world of porn and catnip as he tries to recapture the fame and stature he once had.

It appears as though OMGWTFTBSCat is actually a reflection of Taking Back Sunday’s (or more specifically, Adam Lazzara’s) rise to fame and the much publicised events of in-fighting, departures and returns. A strong hint towards this idea is the band’s new motto, that “Sometimes it takes sometime to remember where you were headed in the first place and the people you intended to go there with. There’s no hard feelings, just the future”.

While there are moments in the video that are genuinely funny (such as Shaun Cooper’s letter to the cat at 2:18mins in), much of the humour feels forced and laboured but that doesn’t stop the video from being an enjoyable watch that fits the message of the song well. Oh, and you can follow OMGWTFTBSCat on Twitter at @OMGWTFTBSCat.

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Taking Back Sunday-Can't Tell Me Nothing (Kanye West Cover)

An acoustic cover of Kanye West’s Can’t Tell Me Nothing taken from Taking Back Sunday’s set at the Warner Brothers Summer Sessions.

Although the synth, sample and bass heavy original has been stripped down to just two guitars and the two TBS vocalists, the mood of the original hasn’t changed one bit. There’s still an air of bravado, hostility and of defiance that made the original such a powerful and telling song.

Download available here: Taking Back Sunday – Can’t Tell Me Nothing (Kanye West Cover) and/or watch the rest of the set here.

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Taking Back Sunday-Faith (When I Let You Down) Video

They’re back and they’re back with aplomb. With a new, self-titled album due on June 28th, Taking Back Sunday return with their first official single from the album, the punchy and charming Faith (When I Let You Down). And with it being a new TBS album, that means another line-up change. But at least it’s a familiar change with John Nolan and Shaun Cooper re-joining the ranks, returning TBS to the line-up of their strongest album, Tell All Your Friends. This change has brought an air of irresistibility around TBS, as all us TBS fans look forward to seeing if the ‘original’ line up can recapture their former glory.

The song is a standard TBS affair, especially for those familiar with their two previous albums Louder Now and New Again: the massive, catchy chorus, the introspective and usually personal lyrics of Adam Lazzara return, along with a strong and loud instrumental which combine to create an atmosphere of uplifting splendour. Whilst TBS’ sound may always be expanding, this song falters somewhat by sounding far too similar to a 30 Seconds to Mars song; even the video recalls the premise of Closer to the Edge. These issues are only minor however, as Faith (When I Let You Down) is still an infectious and grand song, with a video featuring an intriguing post-modern twist which is unveiled at the end. See if you can spot it before hand!

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Taking Back Sunday-Best Places To Be A Mom

It says something when a 5-piece band has more former members than current members, and having been through more changes than Andy Carroll’s postal address, but TBS are finally back to their original lineup. The song below is the first track since their reformation, and is pretty much the same as what came before: big, loud verses accompanied by a catchy, singalong and addictive chorus. Nothing wrong with that and it works for me, and will definitely go down well with TBS fans.

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Tempest's Best of '09... better late than later.

Yes, the title makes sense. What of it?

Anyway, hereon-in is my Best of 2009 straight through the internets to your face. Mostly your eyes, then ears. Not sure you’ll be able to taste much of it. I digress, I’m going to attempt to get my albums of the year out of the way first, then probably just artists that I’ve enjoyed in 2009, irrespective if they actually released anything (decent) in 2009.  How does that scan?

Right, I hope you’re sitting comfortably; this could get lengthy………wahey!! But seriously, read on.

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