Spectator Music presents: the album that changed my life— Tell All Your Friends

Category:  The Arts
Wednesday, March 29th, 2017 at 9:18 PM
Spectator Music presents: the album that changed my life— Tell All Your Friends by Kimberly Firestine

I can’t tell you the first time I listened to “Tell All Your Friends,” the debut full-length from Taking Back Sunday. I know it was the first album I ever purchased for myself, but I don’t know exactly when.

What I can tell you is that it’s the one album that truly in every sense of the cliché changed my life.

Believe it or not, I am not the perfect Taking Back Sunday fan. Yes, I’ve seen them perform a lot. Probably more than even necessary, but most of them have happened since Shaun Cooper and John Nolan rejoined the band.

Of course, growing up with little-to-no spare money played into this, but I never really had any motivation to see the band. The first time was when “Louder Now” was released in 2004 and the second was when they performed at Mansfield University in 2009. After that, it wouldn’t be until summer 2012 on the Vans Warped Tour where Taking Back Sunday headlined and soon after announced they’d be touring to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of TAYF.

They had my immediate attention.

I bought tickets to each of the three nights in Philadelphia that I had intended to go to alone. What started as a solo mini-vacation, turned into a weekend where I’d meet some of the greatest people I’ve come to know and love.

Since that weekend, I’ve traveled the country with these kids. We’ve shared countless nights in hotels and hours upon hours of flight layovers in strange cities together. As we’ve all grown older and had to “be adults,” “get real jobs,” “stop mucking about,” etc., we haven’t been able to spend as much time together, but we still keep in constant contact. I’m talking waking up to the morning with 152 messages in the group chat because you fell asleep too early the night before. But I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

Those nights celebrating “Tell All Your Friends” mean everything to me. I wouldn’t know these kids if it weren’t for that album. I wouldn’t be the same person without these friends and this band in my life.

You’re so cool, you’re so cool, you’re so cool.

Favorite tracks: “Ghost Man on Third,” “You’re So Last Summer” and “The Ballad of Sal Villanueva.”

Kimberly Firestine is the arts editor for The Spectator. She can be reached at ae.spectator@gmail.com. 

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