The Scene, Vol. 5 was created in tandem with the compilation, “A Tribute to Taking Back Sunday.” Both albums were released together with the intention of showing how Taking Back Sunday has shaped such a wide variety of talented individuals. In a perfect world every one of these artists would be contributing a Taking Back Sunday cover. Unfortunately, that kind of endeavor would bankrupt me. Royalties and studio time are just too costly for that kind of Herculean effort. Still, I want to do Taking Back Sunday proud and let them know the scope of their influence on almost every genre. All of these artists volunteered their original material, both new and old, just to be a part of a project that celebrates indie bands and pays homage to the post-hardcore/emo-rock legends. These might not be cover tracks, but they are songs that are comprised by close to a hundred different individuals who have all grown up with Taking Back Sunday and who have had their style influenced in one way or another by TBS’s material. Whether it’s The Apprehended’s hardcore stylings or Jenna Mason-Brase’s singer songwriter skills, they’ve all been affected either directly or indirectly by a band that’s been a focal point in the music scene for close to two decades now. I think in a way, the original material is even more of a compliment than the covers are. It shows originality that stems from another band’s legacy. I’d say that makes this album the ultimate form of tribute.
After the release of Happy Miserable and parting ways with long time lead guitarist Danny Halminiak, Chris Rogner, Mark Halminiak and Mickey Molinari wanted to do something they’ve always talked about doing but never did, polish up their sound. The addition of new lead guitarist Mikey Cheiro gave them the ability and fire they needed. After writing four songs that Chris, Mark, Mickey and Mikey were all pleased with they needed someone to capture the renewed sound that they successfully cultivated. Local Chicago producers Joe Dilillo and Joshua Starr at Solid Sound Studios were just the ones that were up for the challenge. Joe and Josh were able to keep the raw sound the August Premier has become known for while managing to give the music a much bigger and fine tuned sound that focuses primarily on melodies and harmonies. A change of pace from past recordings.
Rebel Without Applause is the shortest album August Premier has ever released, but it’s easily the record that they're proudest of, having put more time, thought, emotion and effort into the writing and recording process than any other project to date.