Hailing from Amityville, New York -- a town known for scenes of slaughter and houses with walls that bleed -- Taking Back Sunday may lack terrifying special effects. But its brash live shows have been drawing plenty of screams from emo-punk kids.
Lead singer Adam Lazarra's reputation for frantically flailing about onstage turned the band's first release, Tell All Your Friends, into Victory Records' fastest-selling album ever. The band's catchy riffs and explosive vocals inject a sense of urgency into the music. Lazarra is equally comfortable belting angry rants and whispering sweet nothings into the mic, as he does when he begs for a girl to remember him on "Your Own Disaster." It packs the same punch as anything from Dashboard Confessional.
Startingline has become one of Drive-Thru Records' stars by mixing teenybopper themes with standard pop-punk and adding just a touch of emotional maturity. While the Pennsylvania preppies' debut CD, Say It Like You Mean It, has several songs with intros and hooks that will have kids asking "Is this the new Blink?", their wise-beyond-their-years insight sets them apart.
Teamed up with the Reunion Show and Northstar, Startingline and the band from Amityville shouldn't have much trouble taking back Tuesday and drawing out a sizable audience of kids on a school night.