Taking Back Sunday - The Astoria, London
As their performance gains speed, so does the height of Adam’s mic and he’s soon back on full mic swinging form. The band is punchy, totally holding the crowd in their sound for the duration of the show. Midway through the set Adam is on his knees and it’s fairly clear from their reaction that the whole audience is right there with him. It is a little heavy on the new material tonight but that’s a good thing in Taking Back Sunday’s case as heavily melodic, riffed-up tracks from ‘Louder Now’ are blasted out, much to the crowd’s delight. Having said that, nothing can really equal the glee of everyone present tonight as TBS launch into old favourites such as ‘You’re So Last Summer’ and the triumphant ‘Cute Without The E’.
The encore comes in the form of Adam with an acoustic guitar and harmonica attached. He struts on stage and begins ‘Divine Intervention’ only to falter rather spectacularly and have the crowd help him out. Then he goes into an explanation of the chord progression and you have the feeling that he’s just reminding himself to make sure he doesn’t mess up again. The band returns to back him up for the finale of ‘A Decade Under The Influence’, leaving us in no doubt that Taking Back Sunday are back and have every confidence in what they’re doing. And they have every reason to be confident.
Released: Wed 31st May 2006