|Taking Back SundayBack 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.Their debut album recorded a few short months later, Taking Back Sunday's TELL ALL YOUR FRIENDS hit stores at the end of March 2002. The album sold over 2,300 copies in it's first week after the band had barely done more than hit up the local Long Island touring circuit, played a few weeks with indie favorites Rival Schools and spent a few weeks as the opener on a multi-band packaging of the Victory Records tour.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 national acts like The Used, Jimmy Eat World and Saves the Day. The cover of Alternative Press and features in Rolling Stone and Spin soon followed.With the often agonizing sophomore album complete and out of their hands, Adam, Matt, Eddie, Mark and Fred did not have much time to ponder its impact. "In 2004 we were not home at all, and that's exactly what I wanted," states Adam. The band finished mixing the tracks just in time to start a month of North American dates with Blink 182, finding time to make a stop at the HFStival in Washington, DC. Then they headed out for their first trip overseas to play the Donnington Download festival (with headliners Metallica) and then headline their own sold out shows including their virgin London gig in the legendary 2,000 capacity Astoria.The band continued to tour, selling out their entire fall headlining run. Fifty shows sold out in advance, in larger venues than they had ever anticipated playing, let alone headlining. Selling out three solid nights at the Starland Ballroom in NJ during the holidays, when ticket sales drop off is one example of why promoters across the US's confidence in the band continues to grow. "We could have put three more on sale, the tickets would have just kept selling" says Stan Levinstone, Starland's promoter. Their insane touring schedule for 2004 didn't end there. A few weeks of radio shows with bands like Franz Ferdinand, Muse, The Killers, My Chemical Romance and Modest Mouse followed as Taking Back Sunday prepared to release "This Photograph is Proof (I Know You Know)" as their second single from WHERE YOU WANT TO BE in January of 2005. The video was directed by Tom DeLonge of Blink-182 fame and really showcases the bands' energetic live performance. MTV2 began airing a "Makes A Video" half hour special just before the new year.As they head to Europe in January of 2005 for their third UK run, now selling out 5,000 tickets at the legendary Brixton Academy in advance, the past year seems like a blur. Year- end accomplishments like "Band of the Year" and "Artist of the Year" from the College Music Awards and Alternative Press's Readers Poll and inclusion in numerous Year End countdowns including Rolling Stone's Top 50 albums of 2004 and FUSE TV's year end Top 10 Rock Countdown still take the band by surprise. "My wife's mom called me and woke me up because we had the #1 song on 89X Detroit's year end countdown," remembers Reyes. "It's still pretty unreal." "I've accomplished more than my wildest dreams," adds Adam. If I wasn't doing this, I have no idea what I would be doing. I want to do this for the rest of my life."