New Yorkers Taking Back Sunday have been kicking ass since 1999 with their fiery brand of altera-metal-punk. Vets of the Vans Warped Tour and the Takeover Tour, the band has appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Show and toured with the likes of Jimmy Eat World, New Found Glory, Saves the Day, The Used, and Boxcar Racer, all of which has garnered them much buzz and hype.
Their debut album, Tell All Your Friends, was released in 2002 and the follow-up, 2004’s Where You Want To Be, nabbed them press in Rolling Stone, Spin, and Revolver, and even the cover of Alternative Press. Heck, they are now officially the highest selling band in the history of Victory Records. So put THAT in your pipe and smoke it, Voodoo Glow Skulls!
Yet one thing that all that hype won’t tell you is that the guys in the band (Adam Lazzara on vocals, Fred Mascherino and Ed Reyes on guitars, Matt Rubano on bass, and Mark o' Connell on drums) are fun, funny videogame-lovin’ dudes, prone to poopy jokes and long diatribes about the joys of snake-faced women, Shadow of Rome, and God of War. Best of all, they know who Zippy the Wonder-Jazz Space Poodle is, and YOU don’t. Wanna get in on the joke? Read on…
Hey there. Who am I speaking with and what do ya play?
My name is Matt Rubano and I play the bass in Taking Back Sunday.
Excellent. So, Matt, what was your favorite videogame of 2005?
Probably God of War. I thought that all around it was just a very well-made game. It was designed beautifully and had great playability. It was also quite challenging and took up a lot of my free time once I bought the game. My favorite thing about it was that after you beat the game you get new costumes unlocked for the main character. My favorite was Chef of War, which replaced Kratos' weapons with frying pans of death and a full chef uniform spattered in blood. Ha Ha!
What game are you most looking forward to in 2006?
I am looking forward to Chef of War: Kratos' Kitchen of Doom. Duh! Games Schmames, I’m looking forward to PS3!
Are videogames too violent or not violent enough?
Whoa there, videogames are PLENTY violent. I mean, what else is there left to push the envelope with besides having your nervous system hooked up to the console so you can actually feel the pain of your character? For instance, in Shadow of Rome, you can slice off a fellow gladiator's arm and beat him with it, with blood flying everywhere, and the audience goes wild. There are a few things in games I’m not down with though, particularly violence towards women. That just isn’t cool and it isn’t necessary. Unless the woman has snakes coming out of her face and is armed with a sub machine gun or a battleaxe or magic powers and she is trying to kill you. Then it’s every gender for themselves. But seriously, there are games that feature the ability to beat up, kill, sexually assault and brutalize women, and that isn’t cool at all.
Of course not. Unless they deserve it! Ha Ha! Hey, if you could invent a Taking Back Sunday videogames, what would the plot be and what would it be rated?
The Taking Back Sunday videogames would be called TBS: Tour of Doody. That sounds childish, I know, but it is a mission not for the faint of heart. It would basically be going on tour with us and trying to survive the brutalities of touring. Finding a descent place to go to the bathroom, food, trying to sleep, shower and running and hiding from the warden at bus call every night. You would have help from band members on each mission. It would be rated E for everyone.
Back in the day, what games did you rule at?
I used to -- and still do -- rule at Ms Pac-Man and hold the high score on many machines in the tri-state area. I used to love Mario Bros., Kung Fu Master, Double Dragon, and Shinobi. All the classics.
What is your favorite and least favorite videogame-related movie?
Does Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles count? I hope so. We watched that one recently and I have to say it still holds up. Am I a total cheeseball if I liked Tomb Raider?
Yes. Yes you are. Anyways, what were your favorite albums as a kid, the ones that had the most direct influence on your current sound?
The first few records I bought as a young kid were Thriller, License to Ill, Slippery When Wet, and Appetite for Destruction. As you can tell those are all HUGE influences on our sound! Not! Each of us is into really different kinds of music as well as some similar things and I think that has a lot to do with how our sound is created.
What game would you most recommend for angst-ridden teens looking to escape reality?
For angst ridden teens looking to escape reality I recommend...football.
Screw all this videogames talk, what is (or was) your favorite BOARD game?!?
My favorite board game is Backgammon. Twister is a close second.
What was your New Year's Eve resolution for 2005?
To never answer any silly questions about our band's name again.
(Scratching next question off the list…) I see, well…um... What is best band name ever? What is the worst?
The best band name ever is Zippy the Wonder-Jazz Space Poodle. The worst band name ever is Led Zeppelin.