Emo heroes Taking Back Sunday recently swung by the House of Blues in Boston, MA where they played to a nearly sold out crowd. Taking Back Sunday are continuing their tour supporting last year’s album “Tidal Wave” their seventh studio album. Tidal Wave peaked at number 36 on the Billboard 200 charts upon it’s release and has been generally favorable received.
Support on this leg of the Tidal Wave Tour comes from hardcore gents Every Time I Die, who stirred up quite the storm during their opening set. Circle pits, crowd surfers and hardcore dancers rose the eyebrows of a few Taking Back Sunday fans who aren’t used to that kind of energy at a show. But overall they seemed to appreciate the band’s music and dedication to live performance. T
aking Back Sunday is a band that knows their audience, the setlist was on the Boston show was drawn from two of their most popular albums, their debut “Tell All Your Friends” and their most commercially successful album “Louder Now” which also has gotten a vinyl repress and is for sale at the merch table on this tour.
Both those albums would see 4 tracks make into the set, alongside the 4 from Tidal Wave creating a 3 way tie for most cuts from a single album. An oddly placed acoustic Green Day cover of the song “She” came out pretty good, though the choice to play it was a little confusing as covers are not typical at a Taking Back Sunday show.
This tour has also seen Taking Back Sunday going back to play some deep cuts from their back catalog including “Best Places to Be A Mom” and “Everything Must Go.” This tour is definitely one for the more hardcore Taking Back Sunday fans who appreciate the material the band doesn’t always play on tour. Noticeably absent from the Boston show was founding guitarist Eddie Reyes, the band did not explain where he was.
Taking Back Sunday have remained one of the more consistent bands to come out of the 2000's emo/post-hardcore scene, and that's mainly been a product of their fan loyalty. Most of the fans at the Boston show were in double digits in times having seen the band play, and were very welcoming to the new fans brought by ETID. Taking Back Sunday have one of the most loyal fan bases in alternative music and it's lead them to some pretty high places.
Photos - Taking Back Sunday, Every Time I Die, Modern Chemistry - 07/16/17: