Influential emo/post-hardcore rockers Taking Back Sunday are set to perform this Saturday, Oct. 26 at Marathon Music Works with Polar Bear Club and Transit, except for one significant change: vocalist Adam Lazzara will not be present. Due to the unexpected, early birth of Lazzara’s son, the singer has opted to stay at home with his family while the band, who cancelled three shows earlier this week, will resume with replacement vocalist Spencer Chamberlain (Sleep Wave, ex-Underoath) stepping in until Adam can return.
Though a group without its frontman is a pretty drastic change, Chamberlain’s former, immensely popular project Underoath disbanded earlier this year. Bringing the singer back into the fold for a show of this magnitude offers fans a unique and once in a lifetime collaborative experience, if not exactly the one they signed up for. If you’re intrigued by the prospect of this show, tickets are still available right here. If you’re already a ticket holder and you’re unhappy with the change, a refund can be obtained at your point of purchase. After the jump, find out more about all three great acts!
TAKING BACK SUNDAY
After exploding onto the scene a decade ago with their influential debut, Tell All Your Friends, Taking Back Sunday faced a blow after the loss of two core members: guitarist/co-vocalist John Nolan and bassist Shaun Cooper. Over three subsequent releases, graduation to a major label, and due credit as one of the most influential acts of the ’00s pop punk movement, the band became larger and more successful than ever. However, it wasn’t until 2010, when Nolan and Cooper rejoined the band (much to the shock of longtime fans) that Taking Sunday rediscovered the spark that made them so special to begin with. An eponymous fifth album followed, then a TAYF10 anniversary tour. Now, with a new home at Hopeless Records, a few years of rediscovered focus under their belts, and a sixth album on the way, the group are stronger, better, and more honed than ever. Even without Lazzara (our sincerest best wishes go out to his family), the band will be a sight to behold, and, as you can hear for yourself below, Spencer Chamberlain is more than qualified to fill Lazzara’s influential shoes.
POLAR BEAR CLUB
Upstate New York-based post-hardcore rockers Polar Bear Club are one of the most refreshing, sincere acts to come out of the modern punk rock scene. They brought the house down at War Memorial Auditorium earlier this year with Bad Religion, and we’re ecstatic to have a chance to catch them once again with Taking Back Sunday. There’s an incredibly exciting, organic movement happening in punk rock, pop punk, and emo right now, and bands like Polar Bear Club keep us optimistic about the future of the genre.
Touring in support of their latest release, Young New England, openers Transit are another great example of the new, inspired pop punk/emo scene, and also a testament to Taking Back Sunday’s commitment to bringing out talented, relevant up and comers. Though their latest effort is something of a tonal shift, they’re a pop punk powerhouse and a live act worth showing up early for.
Taking Back Sunday (w/ Spencer Chamberlain), Polar Bear Club, and Transit will perform this Saturday, Oct. 26, at Marathon Music Works. The show is 18+, begins at 8p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.), and tickets are available for $23 in advance and $25 the day of show.