Come August, Taking Back Sunday lead singer Adam Lazzara will relive his childhood when his band opens for Blink-182 and Weezer at venues across the United States.
"It's going to be awesome," Lazzara said during a phone interview from Albuquerque, NM. "Growing up, they were two influential bands for all of us. If you would have told my high school self that [we would be touring with them], I would have told you you were out of your mind."
The tour with Blink-182 and Weezer begins Aug. 23 in Toronto, Ontario, and winds up Sept. 17 in Irvine, CA. Taking Back Sunday is touring in support of its album "New Again," which was recorded in New York City with producer David Kahne (Paul McCartney, The Strokes).
"It was awesome," Lazzara said about working with Kahne. "He has a really incredible roster and he's a very song-oriented guy. I feel we all learned a lot from him. He taught us how to paint more colors, musically, just as far as really utilizing the structure of the chords that you're choosing and things like that to create the rise and fall."
Lazzara explained the band chose Kahne because they wanted to go outside of their comfort zone.
"At the time, we were listening to that 'Memory Almost Full' record, that Paul McCartney record, and he's who produced that," Lazzara said. "So we just gave him a call. He actually wasn't sure about it at first and then he came to see us live. After he saw the live show, he was sold."
The act - which also includes Eddie Reyes (guitar), Mark O'Connell (drums), Matt Rubano (bass) and Matt Fazzi (vocals, guitar) - diverted from its regular songwriting process for "New Again."
"We had a really tiny rehearsal space in Brooklyn and we basically lost ourselves in there," Lazzara said. "We'd show up around 11 every day and we'd leave around one in the morning. We'd just lay [tracks] all day long and from those sessions, that's what 'New Again' came from.
"This record was much more organic than any other album we've put out, just as far as, normally, we would all write separately and come together and work the parts out from there," he said. "Whereas on this one, a lot of the songs - for instance 'Sink Into Me' - came about from everybody just playing together. One guy starts playing a riff, another guy starts complementing it and, the next thing you know, you have a song."
Thanks for the report to Livedaily.com.