Title: Tell all your friends, the Raptors will have Lowry and Leonard back together
Date: January 8, 2019
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about the Raptors finally getting Kyle Lowry and Kawhi Leonard back together through the lens of Taking Back Sunday.
In 2002, the band Taking Back Sunday released one of the best albums of the early-aughts pop-punk explosion. “Tell All Your Friends” is a pantheon album of that genre, a perfect for-the-moment debut full-length that cut through a rapidly saturating scene. Its success thrust Taking Back Sunday to the forefront of the movement, and their place as the high-water mark of that moment has only been solidified over time as their influence over the emo music explosion to follow has become more and more obvious.
There were several factors behind the success of “Tell All Your Friends.” There is an earnestness in the lyrics that, while as excessively dramatic as the teen-angst market demands, were an early step toward lyricists looking inward for problems rather than laying the blame for every heartache at the feet of the muse. Victory Records rolled the group out expertly, too, taking full advantage of the cultural shift to Internet-driven success, releasing songs on forums and generating in-group buzz. (Oh, you don’t know Taking Back Sunday because they’re not on the radio? Do you even have LimeWire? How will you even understand my MSN Messenger status?)
Mic-swinging frontman Adam Lazzara looking the part of teen idol probably didn’t hurt, either.