Taking Back Sunday
singer Adam Lazzara
is finally speaking out about the departure of Fred Mascherino
, who left the TBS fold in 2007 to focus on his own project, The Color Fred
After Mascherino exited TBS in October, he had told MTV News, "I felt like during the time we were together, we made some great music together, but it was getting to the point where I felt I had taken the road as long as I possibly could."
Meanwhile, TBS responded to the development on their Web site, saying, "After four great years and two successful gold albums together, Fred has decided to leave Taking Back Sunday to pursue his solo career. We wish him well and we are working on the next Taking Back Sunday album as we speak."
TBS are still writing the followup to 2006's Louder Now,
but Lazzara shared some new thoughts about Mascherino's departure in a recent interview with Kerrang!
"Basically [Fred] was in another place from the rest of us," he said. "He pretty much decided that he wanted to go off and do his own thing. I think it was a good thing for everybody involved. We never really stopped for a second after he decided to leave the band. We just knew that we wanted to keep going and to carry on writing new songs as normal. I was playing guitar for a little while, and then eventually Matt Fazzi
(Facing New York
) came in and we felt like a completely new band. The clouds definitely moved away from the sun, so to speak."
Fazzi made his TBS debut on May 5 at the band's secret gig (which was staged under the name Lance Striker and The Rockaholics
) at the Crazy Donkey in Farmingdale, New York. Facing New York have remained a three-piece band and are working on their second full-length.
As for Taking Back Sunday, they may not have played many shows in 2008 so far, but the band has definitely been keeping busy. Recently, the guys created their own signature dish
for Denny's (due out in August) for the food chain's new "Rock Star Menus" program; and just four days ago, AbsolutePunk reported
that Lazzara and wife Mischa Vaagen
were married and expecting their first child.