SOURCE: Warner Bros. Records

May 07, 2008 09:00 ET

Taking Back Sunday Announce Addition of New Band Member

BURBANK, CA--(Marketwire - May 7, 2008) - Taking Back Sunday are thrilled to announce that they have asked Matt Fazzi to join the band as a full-time guitarist and second vocalist.

Fazzi, who hails from San Jose, CA, is a former member of the indie-rock bands Tragedy Andy and Facing New York. He first met Taking Back Sunday bassist Matt Rubano and founding guitarist Eddie Reyes when Facing New York appeared with them on the Vans Warped Tour in 2004. Facing New York later supported Taking Back Sunday on tour in the U.S. in April 2006.

"We decided on Matt Fazzi because he's an amazing musician," says Reyes. "It was natural being in a room with him playing old and new songs. It's just right. His groove is undeniable and his vision works with ours more so than ever before, which convinced me that he belonged here with us."

Adds Rubano: "Looking for a new band member is a tough process and getting exactly what you want is not always possible. But in this case it was! Everything about playing with Matt is great for us. He's a great talent and has a fresh and open-minded approach to working on music. We're very excited to record and get on the road with him."

Fazzi effuses, "I'm so excited to be a part of the Taking Back Sunday family. I'm looking forward to making the best Taking Back Sunday record yet!"

Fazzi performed his first show with Taking Back Sunday, which billed itself as Lance Striker and the Rockoholics, at the Crazy Donkey club on Long Island, NY, on May 5th. Taking Back Sunday posted a notice about the show on their MySpace blog, which alerted fans that someone would be randomly chosen at the Rockoholics show to interview Fazzi. A video of the interview is now posted on

Taking Back Sunday, whose most recent release was a live two-DVD set titled "Louder Now Partone" and "Louder Now Parttwo," are currently shuttling between Texas and New York writing songs for the follow-up to their gold-certified 2006 album "Louder Now." The band spent 2007 on tour, including a stint on last summer's Projekt Revolution Tour with Warner Bros. Records label-mates Linkin Park. This Friday, May 9th, the band will join their good friends My Chemical Romance for a sold-out homecoming show at New York City's famed Madison Square Garden.

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