More than a decade after the release of their debut album, the original lineup has come full circle.The group is wrapping up their Long Island recording session and pre-production with Mike Sapone (Brand New, Straylight Run), who’s been a close comrade of the band since their early days, but for the first time is billed officially as producer for the upcoming record.When I found out last year that Lazzara was living here, I vowed to write about him the next opportunity I got.

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But on this particular hot August day, while in the midst of recording the band’s sixth studio album, he had a few things to do: Catching up with was one of them (in between weeding his lawn at home, that is).

Long Island’s Taking Back Sunday consists of vocalist Adam Lazzara, bassist Shaun Cooper, guitarist and backing vocalist John Nolan, drummer Mark O’Connell and guitarist Eddie Reyes.

DD plays a huge variety of rock on the show, much of it punk-based — everything from records by old-school bands such as the Damned and the Replacements to tracks by more recent acts like Taking Back Sunday.

I'd loaned out my home to DD because her studio is in Greensboro, and she needed a quiet space. Up to that point, neither the daily paper nor Creative Loafing had written anything about the singer's move back to his home state, although since then, the Observer has done a small feature.

We caught up with Lazzara to talk about the logistics of the new album (Hint: They’re “free agents” on this one), the group’s return to the newly renovated Starland Ballroom, and the artists he can’t get enough of right now. We’re recording eight songs with Mark Hudson, who’s a great friend of ours and travels with us, in Michigan.

In early June, the band took to Twitter to share the good news that you’re recording your sixth studio album! Is the recording process for this record any different for you guys? Then we’re doing five songs on Long Island with Mike Sapone, who did our original demos way back when. Maybe in the past there were other outside influences and things steering us in one direction or another. When you get stagnant, like [you might] in a relationship with someone or anything in life, that’s normally when something needs to get shaken up. We spent all these years trying to fit into this world of “you need a hit” and the right “single,” and then I think what we’re realizing is that, when you take that pressure out of the equation, those types of songs just appear.

On the other hand, there's also a powerful sense of provincial entitlement from even non-adventurous artists who don't push any buttons at all, unless you consider stuff like antiquated thrash-metal riffs, croaked vocals and pseudo-danger for its own sake button-pushing.

Those acts seem to think they should be supported simply because they're local, and not necessarily because they're in some way special, interesting or worthy of notice.

We just wrapped up the Michigan portion of the record. We’re kind of “free agents” right now so we’re left to our own devices, which is a really great place to be when you’re in a band and creating. So much happens in that contained time of recording. But this recording is a great representation of us as a band right now. There are elements of our past in everything we write. Of course, as we grow as musicians and as people, I like to think that the songwriting grows, too. So that’s something that’s been really exciting for us to be able to let go and let the song happen.