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Rooted in anthemic punk and hardcore, Taking Back Sunday also possess a mature sense of songcraft and structure that expands on the punk template. By the time 's Louder Now was released, the group had become mainstream rock stars. Though co-founder and lead guitarist Fred Mascherino left in to focus on his solo career, Taking Back Sunday soldiered on with releases on Warner Bros. The result, 's Tell All Your Friends , layered Adam Lazzara 's emotional vocals and the dual-guitar assault of Reyes and John Nolan , creating a classic hardcore sound with pop songwriting components. The debut album was released in March , and ended up being the only official album to include the founding lineup. The group spent the rest of that year and much of touring, but when Nolan and bassist Shaun Cooper left the band which was rounded out by drummer Mark O'Connell , Taking Back Sunday 's future was left in doubt. The sophomore effort, Where You Want to Be , arrived in summer and debuted at number three on Billboard's Top , establishing Taking Back Sunday as a forerunner in the wave of commercial emo bands. It also introduced the vocal interplay of Lazzara and Mascherino , a combination that would briefly become one of the band's sonic calling cards.
The band's members are Adam Lazzara lead vocals , John Nolan lead guitar, keyboards, vocals , Shaun Cooper bass guitar , and Mark O'Connell drums , accompanied by Nathan Cogan guitar for their live performances. Nolan and Cooper left the group in before rejoining in The band has released studio albums with various past members Fred Mascherino guitar, vocals , Matthew Rubano bass guitar , Matthew Fazzi guitar, keyboards, vocals , and Eddie Reyes guitar. Louder Now was the band's breakout mainstream album, notably because of the popularity of its lead single " MakeDamnSure ". The album sold over , copies and peaked at No. At that time, the EP received very little attention, eventually resulting in the band seeking a new lead singer, Adam Lazzara. Lazzara had at first joined the band as its bassist, left a few months after it formed, then replaced original bassist Jesse Lacey now of Brand New during the EP's recording sessions. John Nolan and Shaun Cooper left the band in only to rejoin in , in time for the band's release of their eponymous album Taking Back Sunday