Facing New York formed in early 2004, comprised of friends and ex–members of ex–bands wanting to play ex–music together. After recording two EPs and touring ferociously all year, they returned home to the reality of being "working musicians" in the Fall of 2004.

Without jobs, without a way to make end's meet, Facing New York began writing and rehearsing material for their first full length record. They found themselves with no freedom other than to write about what was on their minds: survival. As the year went on, the record began to chronicle their own travels more and more.

To ensure this recording would accurately display every tiny detail the band was beginning to obsess over, they took an advised–against, risk–taking, decisive step to engineer and produce their own album. It was a conscious decision to make a record that would comfortably find it's own sound, and it's own feel. The group also decided to track the album in a live fashion, with all the members standing in one room, smiling, laughing, and making music all at once.

Now complete, the album stands as a testament to the entire last year of their lives. It can also be considered a tribute to the masses of 20–somethings, trying to find themselves, trying to find love, and trying to find enough change in the couch to make rent.
Taking Back Sunday

Taking Back Sunday