[Exclusive Interview] Taking Back Sunday – Emo 代言人 // The EMO Icon!

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對我們來說,這可說是一個『延續』多於復興

For us there was no revival just a continuation ” – John Nolan, Taking Back Sunday

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自從2002年推出經典 Tell All Your Friends 後,Taking Back Sunday Emo 界已是一個不可替代的名字。14年已過,這個流派似乎再次復興,樂團在這10幾年不論音樂潮流更替,仍每天為自己忠於的創作而努力,不間斷灌錄專輯和週遊巡演。

而今年916日,樂團將會推出第七張專輯 Tidal Wave。從頭幾首歌曲來看,他們似乎決定走向新的音樂方向 —— 從以和音作主導的 Emo 樂章,步向率直的另類搖滾/朋克歌曲 ; 歌詞上亦由少年抒情銳變為人生成長路上的體驗。

雖然在本周五才能真正欣賞到他們的新專輯,但我們找到 TBS 兼任結他手和歌手的 John Nolan 討論一下作為「Emo 代表人物」的感想,以及 Taking Back Sunday 的未來動向! (當然還有亞洲巡演計劃啦!)

Taking Back Sunday has become an irreplaceable name in the emo scene since they broke out with their classics “Tell All Your Friends” in 2002. 14 years later, when the scene seems to make a strong comeback again, they are still working hard in their studio and going on tour restlessly.

The boys will put out their 7th album , Tidal Wave, on September 16. It seems they are taking a new direction – musically from the harmonic emo tunes to the powerful alternative rock / punk songs, and lyrically from the teenage angst to a diverse topic from their life experience.

Before their new album coming out this Friday, we have the chance to talk to John Nolan, TBS’ very own guitarist and vocalist, on being an “Emo Icon” and the new chapter of Taking Back Sunday!

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DJ: Dinosaur Journal
JN: John Nolan

TIDAL WAVES

DJ: 可以告訴我們更多關於新單曲 Tidal Waves 的細節嗎?似乎你們銳意走向另一個音樂方向,尤其那個爽直傳統朋克節拍。是什麼使你們作出這個改變? 這會否成為 Taking Back Sunday 的新形象?

JN: 這是我們喜愛的音樂類型,也是我們從未以 Taking Back Sunday 這個名義嘗試過的,我們應該嘗試新的東西必定會令整件事變得更有趣。其實新專輯包含的聲音很多變,也沒有另外一首歌聽起來與 Tidal Wave 接近的。 

DJ: Can you tell us more about the new single “Tidal Wave”? It seems to have a complete new sound, especially with the strip-down punk rock beats. What is the change about? Will that be a representation what the new Taking Back Sunday is about? 

JN: It’s a sound we all like and one we’ve never tried with Taking Back Sunday. We thought it would be fun to try something different. The new album is really diverse. There’s not really anything else that sounds quite like that song. 

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Tidal Waves 內第二首單曲視頻 You Can’t Look Back 由華麗的鏡頭影像構成,樂隊成員和朋友們的圍著營火,之後主唱Adam Lazzara發生預料不到的事情。關於這張專輯——聲音與樂團舊有風格有所不同,早前介紹的第一首單曲 Tidal Waves 完全沒有以前的Emo感覺,反而有點 The Clash 的影子。 結他手 John Nolan 在早前專訪說:「我覺得由撰寫上個專輯Happiness Is…至推出後得到正面回應,大大鼓勵我們在這張專輯採取更放膽嘗試!」

The second single off the album, “You Can’t Look Back”, is a gorgeously shot but viscerally-charged video of the band and their friends gathered around a campfire, when something happens wholly unexpectedly to vocalist Adam Lazzara. The sound of the album expands the band’s old palette, especially evident on the album’s lead-off single and title track which channels The Clash both sonically and energetically. “I think this idea of making songs that we wrote for ourselves started with Happiness Is… and since the reaction to that album was so positive it really encouraged us to take that a step further with this album,” guitarist John Nolan explains.

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THE INSPIRATION

DJ: 你們曾經在其他訪談中提到,這張專輯是在兩年前出版的 Happiness Is 大碟的宣傳巡演中撰寫的。什麼巡演旅途上又為你們帶給什麼寫作靈感? 

JN: 我們的生活體驗是音樂創作上最大的靈感,而我個人認為巡演只是生活上靈感的一部分。

DJ: You guys mentioned in other interviews that the new album was written between promo tours for Happiness Is. How does tour life give you new inspiration to writing new materials?

JN: Our music is inspired by our life experiences and I think that touring is just another part of our life that we draw inspiration from.

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REVIVAL & CONTINUATION

DJ: 2014年你們與 The Used 的歐美巡迴獲得非常正面、接近完全滿場的反應,吸引了不少新舊Emo樂迷捧場!你對於把這個流派帶來復興有什麼感覺? 

JN: 我真的不知道……其實我們與The Used我這個流派已有很長的時間,一直沒有停止過,以很幸運一直有樂迷的支持。對我們來說,這可說是一個「延續」多於「復興」。 

DJ: The amazing co-headline tour with The Used in 2014 had attracted both new fans, and of course, old emo fans! Do you think it has brought some sort to revival to the genre? 

JN: I’m really not sure. Both us and The Used have been doing what we do for a long time and have been lucky enough to have fans stay with us. For us there was no revival just a continuation of what we’ve been doing all along.

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Taking Back Sunday 形容 Better Homes And Gardens Happiness Is 專輯中最受樂迷喜愛曲目。視頻在北卡羅來納州取景,片段圍繞著火的房子現場拍攝,更安排消防部門及電力工作人員輔助,以控制大火。 Adam Lazzara 說:「Eddie (結他手) 想到這個家園被燒毀的想法。 在消防部門協助下,我們能夠把這個意念實現。當我坐在草地看著房子燃燒,而背後播放着Better Homes And Gardens,令人非常感觸。」

Taking Back Sunday described “Better Homes And Gardens” as Happiness Is’ fan-favorite track. Filming in Greensboro, NC, “Better Homes And Gardens” is staged around a burning house set to the band’s memorable song. For the ambitious shoot they enlisted the help of Greensboro Fire Department’s Battalion Chief Dwayne Church and a crew of recruits to help control the blaze

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EMO ICON

DJ: 你對於被看作是 EMO 代表人物」有何看法呢?在創作音樂時,它給你什麼正面和反面的影響呢? 

JN: 我們從沒有特別關注在 Emo 文化中的位置 —— 正面的是,在剛開始的時候,已有不少樂團正在努力建設這個音樂文化,而他們同時也是朋友,所以整個感覺很好,可以一起演出、一起巡演,這樣比自己獨自闖更好。負面的是,有些人希望把你困在一個盒子裡,尤其在音樂上,只希望你作有限的選擇。但我們儘量嘗試不理會人們對TBS的期望。

DJ: Being seen an an “Emo Icon”, how do you feel about it? And what is the positive and negative thing it has given you when creating music? 

JN: We’ve never been too concerned with how we’re looked at in terms of the emo scene. The positive thing about it is when we started out we had a scene of bands who were friends and we could play shows together and tour together and there was some strength in not having to do everything on our own. The negative side of it is that some people want to keep you in a box and only expect you to do a limited number of things, musically. We try not to think about what people expect from us though. 

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INTIMATE GIGS

DJ: 在即將進行的北美巡演,你選擇要到較小的場地演出,背後原因是什麼? 

JN: 我們認為這會令活動變得更有趣。我們剛剛才完成了的巡演選擇在一些非常大型的地方舉行,而小型場地與樂迷的近距離接觸,聽起來更令人興奮。 

DJ: In your upcoming North America tour, you have chosen to go back to perform in smaller venues. Can you tell us the intention behind? 

JN: We thought it would be fun. We just did a tour that was in some of the biggest venues we’ve ever played and the idea of doing something more intimate sounded exciting. 

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ASIA TOUR!

DJ: 你們會否在不久將來舉行亞洲巡迴呢?

JN: 我們知道很多樂迷都等待超過十年,當然會盡力安排,希望可以到亞洲演出。

DJ: Will you finally make a few stops in Asia in the near future? 

JN: A lot of fans have waited for over a decade. We’re going to do our best to get there soon.

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