Back in late 2001, Taking Back Sunday's founding member Eddie Reyes could only imagine what his life would be like just
3 short years later. With new bass player Adam Lazzara moved up from North Carolina to sleep on his couch and share the Top
Ramen, the world was theirs for the taking. After finalizing the initial line-up and moving Adam to lead vocals the band recorded
a few demos and begged anyone and everyone to have a listen. A record deal with Victory Records followed after their demo
circulated to an east coast rep of the label.
From there it just started to pick up momentum. “We played our first shows in California and one was at a venue
called Chain Reaction in Anaheim . We're suddenly 3,000 miles from home and there are like 150 kids singing all of the words
to our songs. That was when it hit us. What could really happen,” recalls Reyes.
Before they knew it, a sold out summer tour showed them and the indie label public the force they were about to become.
Soon fans were singing along so fervently that it was sometimes hard to hear the stage sound. They continued touring and started
playing with more national acts like The Used, Jimmy Eat World, Blink182, Saves the Day. The cover of Alternative Press and
features in Rolling Stone and Spin soon followed.
Recorded during most of March and April of 2004, the 11-song album, titled WHERE YOU WANT TO BE, was released
on July 27 th , 2004 on Victory Records. Filled with their trademark dual vocals and hook-filled, guitar driven songs of love,
hate, blame, greed and non-apologetic calling out, this album connected with their audience much in the same way as their
debut which has already scanned over 500,000 copies. “We didn't quite know what we were going to come out of the studio
with,” remembered Adam. “The second we all heard it finished, I just can't describe the look on everyone's face...I
can only explain it as shock; it was exactly what we wanted. I personally could not be happier to be a part of this record.”