The past year for Taking Back Sunday has been more than crazy for the band. Along with reforming to their 2002 line-up from their debut album ‘Tell All Your Friends’ and performing a main stage slot at last year’s Reading/Leeds Festival, they also released their latest self-titled album to rave reviews across the board. Now, this year, they’re headlining the UK’s Slam Dunk Festival. So, what better time to chat to them? We spoke with bassist Shaun Cooper to see how they feel about headlining such a great festival, future plans and more:
DP!: How are you guys looking forward to playing this year’s Slam Dunk Festival?
Shaun: We are very excited. We are lucky to play with such an illustrious line up of friends, new and old.
DP!: This year has begun catering towards more of a heavier audience with the line-up, do you think that’s going to affect the vibe of the festival?
Shaun: I’m not sure, but I can guarantee that a good time will be had by all.
DP!: You’re the main headliners for this year’s festival. How does it feel to be given that position?
Shaun: It feels pretty sweet, kind of like chocolate pudding on a humid August morning in Miami.
DP!: You’ve recently returned to your original line-up you had when you released 2002’s ‘Tell All Your Friends’. Would you say it was important to return to this line-up and how have your relationships changed over the past decade?
Shaun: It was important to return to this line-up, because if it didn’t Taking Back Sunday probably wouldn’t exist anymore. We’ve all really grown up and we are at a point where we really value each other.
DP!: There’s an awful lot of different bands on this year’s line-up. Why should people come and catch your set?
Shaun: Because we are the best goddamned band in the world! Or, at least that’s what my mom tells me.
DP!: Will you be letting yourself go at the after party once all the bands have finished up?
Shaun: We expend a lot of energy on stage. We are usually too tired after the set to do much partying afterwards. We would be doing our fans a disservice if we stayed out too late partying the night before to put on a great show the following day.
DP!: What do you guys have planned after Slam Dunk is over?
Shaun: We will be on the Vans Warped Tour back in the States throughout the summer. We are in the beginning stages of planning a full headline tour for the fall. Hopefully we’ll hit the studio sometime in the winter.
SET TIME: 9:15-10:30 (North – Leeds) / 9:30-10:45 (South – Hatfield) – Atticus/Jagermeister stage
RIYL: The Used / My Chemical Romance / Mayday Parade
LISTEN TO: MakeDamnSure (below) / A Decade Under The Influence / Cute Without The ‘E’