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Straylight Run

In the early 2000s, emo rock outfit Taking Back Sunday was steadily gaining popularity among a new generation of punk rock fans, due in part to the dynamic songwriting and vocal team of Adam Lazzara and John Nolan. However, as their powerful debut, Tell All Your Friends, kept gaining momentum, restlessness among bandmembers grew as well, leading to the eventual departure of guitarist/vocalist Nolan and bassist Shaun Cooper. Regrouping together under the name Straylight Run, the two completed the band by recruiting Nolan's younger sister Michelle (vocals/keyboards) and ex-Breaking Pangea drummer Will Noon. Forming in May 2003, Straylight Run turned its back on the aggressive attack of Taking Back Sunday -- whose formula many young bands were in turn adopting and expanding upon -- and opted for a more indie rock approach with pensive, dreamy, and often piano-driven tunes. The group soon recorded several demo tracks that they released for free download on their website. The accessibility of the songs, coupled with the past reputation of its chief songwriter, began an early and quickly growing buzz around the band. Straylight Run signed to Victory in April 2004, releasing their self-titled debut six months later; the album contained new songs along with re-recordings of their online demos. Months of touring followed with various bands including Hot Rod Circuit, Say Anything, Northstar, Rooney, and Minus the Bear, while their first single, "Existentialism on Prom Night," gradually worked its way into minor rotation on alternative rock radio, MTV2, and Fuse. Straylight Run next combined their acoustic stirrings with more socially aware lyrics on October 2005's Prepare to Be Wrong EP; in addition to songs addressing the war in Iraq, the release also included a particularly revealing song ("A Slow Descent") about the Taking Back Sunday separation. The band continued touring, hopping on the road with Simple Plan before joining Motion City Soundtrack in spring 2006 as part of MTVu's Campus Invasion tour. Straylight Run announced their signing to Universal Republic in early 2007; their sophomore full-length, The Needles the Space, followed that June. ~ Corey Apar, Rovi
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rachierocks7 2 2 4
What a great song!
Sooo many memories ;-;
this's good (Y)
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When these guys came out. There was nothing like them. Truly independant, great song writing and talent. If I wasnt such a huge fan of TBS I may have missed out on them.
To be fair tbs did have its own sound and their first album was sick. Better than straylight run tbh
This man loves his woman, period.
Love them wish Michelle hadn't left but they're still amazinggg
ladedaxo
we did the math, it wasn't worth it after all.
I love this song!!!!!
tweb4799
I just now figured out about straylight run and I already love them!!!
Thank you, Straylight Run.
Thank you, Straylight Run.
such a throwback... .
I love TBS, but Straylight Run was far more unique... You literally had The Postal Service, and MAYBE a song or two by Deathcab. The Brand New/TBS albums released around the time of the drama, as well as Makedamnsure and Sic Transit, are honestly what made them so awesome. It seems like good things happen whenever TBS experiences drama lol
papermarq
Talk about common roots - When Shaun and John left TBS, TBS replaced John with Fred Mascherino, formerly of Breaking Pangaea. Shaun and John formed Straylight with Will Noon, former drummer of - you guessed it - Breaking Pangaea. It's like TBS ate BP and had a baby named Straylight.
I saw this band in Tulsa once upon a time, have been a fan ever since. Too bad they broke up.
:( Wish straylight never broke up
Funny, I was drawn to Taking Back Sunday years after becoming a fan of Straylight Run. Then to find out they have common roots, funny.
shaun left with Nolan too. Nolans been working on a solo album anyway... Id say stray is done.
So I saw on TBS's website that John(I'm pretty sure what I read is accurate) is back. I'm going to assume Straylight is done?
I WAS KIND OF WORRIED WHAT THEY WOULD BE LIKE AFTER MICHELLE LEFT, BUT THEIR NEW STUFF IS PRETTY AMAZING. CHECK IT OUT, Y'ALLLLL!!!! ! ! !
SHAME ON OGION FOR BREAKING THE CAPS LOCK TREND. THEY'RE ONE OF MY FAVORITE BANDS, THEY'RE CONSISTENTLY GREAT AND DIFFERENT. I THOROUGHLY ENJOY EACH AND EVERY ONE OF THEIR SONGS.
Wow! Taking Back Sunday was so just like every other "alternative " sound, in an environment where alternative means rehashed, watered down, and all together uncreative 80s post punk.

Thanks Pandora I would have missed Straylight Run otherwise.
SAW THEM IN ORLANDO, FL OPENING FOR ANBERLIN, CONCERT WAS AWESOME THEY WERE PHENOMENAL!
WHY, WHY, WHY DID MICHELLE HAVE TO LEAVE!!!!!!! ! ! ! SAY IT AIN'T SO! SAY IT AIN'T SO!! PLEASE!!!!!

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