"It's going to be so different without Fred," that's all he kept saying as we entered downtown. "Who?" was the response he got in return. "Fred...I can't pronounce his last name, but he was the lead guitarist, you can totally tell which songs he wrote in comparison to the others, they're more poppy." From there he just went on, teaching a class to a formally interested student, emo 101 was the class. The lesson at hand, the art of Taking Back Sunday. With the touch of the play button on his iPod, class was called to session. So, there was a beautiful girl that could make you so dizzy, it felt like you've been drinking Jack and Coke all morning. Classic tale, boy meets girl, loves her, happily ever after commences... right? According to the last five studio releases from Taking Back Sunday, this is a dream only meant for television and Twilight-obsessed teens' wet dreams. In the real world, she breaks your heart; you start a band, sell a couple thousand copies, and play to packed crowds that share your pain. Starting out with old favorite "Cute Without the 'E'," the crowd at the House of Blues quickly got into the groove lead singer Adam Lazzara was trying to set. Waltzing around that stage with more swagger than one would have thought an emo singer could possess, Lazzara proved that to be an absolutely entertaining front man. This band has seen its fair share of grievances through the years, airing their dirty laundry in the most white-trash of fashions - out on the lawn for all the neighbors to see and speculate. They still hold close to their alternative-rock roots; the backing music from Matthew Fazzi, guitarist Eddie Reyes, drummer Mark O'Connell and bassist/backup vocalist Matt Rubano is the best response to Lazzara's emotionally charged vocals. Multiple times during "What's It Feel Like to be a Ghost?" they would come to the front of the stage and play directly to the fans, keeping the energy up on their own.
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