I Am Gary Hampton.

Taking Back Sunday + 2010 = Original Lineup


Only days after a Refused reunion rumor became the talk of the internet (sparking the ‘should every influential band reunite’ debate) it is now being said that Taking Back Sunday are going back to their original line-up, not seen since 2003 when John Nolan and Shaun Cooper left the band to form Straylight Run.

As I previously posted, Straylight Run have recently broken up, and we may now have a better understanding of why.

Now, I should mention that there is no official word yet from Taking Back Sunday confirming the ‘reunion’, but both Matt Rubano and Matt Fazzi have posted ‘goodbye’ messages on the band’s official website, and both John Nolan and Shaun Cooper have posted hints online at this being true. But the most telling sign is the image which appears when you go to the Taking Back Sunday site; a current picture of the original line-up with all of their eyes blacked out.

This is huge. Tell All Your Friends (their 2002 debut album) was one of the most influential records of the past decade, and it is widely accepted that this was due to the combination of Adam Lazzara and John Nolan. Since Nolan’s departure, Continue reading


Audio Blood @ CMW
March 15, 2010, 10:57 pm
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I made another promo vid for Audio Blood Media, this time for their CMW showcase. The show has come and gone, but here’s the video. Same style (and house) as the last video.



RIP Straylight Run
March 4, 2010, 12:08 am
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When I was in high school, I (like most others around 2001) found an album which absolutely blew me away. Musically it was a lot of fun, vocally it was something I’d never heard before and lyrically it spoke to exactly what I was going through at the time. I’m talking about Taking Back Sunday’s triumphant debut Tell All Your Friends, made possible in a large way by guitarist/vocalist John Nolan and bassist Shaun Cooper. After leaving TBS, and with the help of John’s sister Michelle and long time friend Will Noon, Straylight Run was born.

Some time around 2003 the band released 5 songs for free online, something not so common at the time. I downloaded the songs with much excitement, and though they weren’t what I was expecting from ex-members of TBS, I was thrilled by what I heard.

The next year they released their debut album which in my mind is still one of the greatest debut albums from a band in the past decade. It was so smart, so solid; these were mature musicians painting on a brand new canvas.

My favorite Straylight memory has to be seeing them play live at the now defunct Club Rockit in Toronto on Friday, October 22nd 2004. Continue reading