Episode 022: John Nolan (Straylight Run 10-Year Retrospective)
As you might be able to tell from the retro photo above, we’re traveling back to 2004 to explore the origins of Straylight Run’s self-titled debut album with the help of frontman, guitarist and pianist John Nolan. After leaving Taking Back Sunday in 2003 amidst a sea of controversy, Nolan formed Straylight Run with fellow TBSer Shaun Cooper on bass – eventually rounding out the group with his sister, Michelle, and drummer Will Noon. From the opening strains of Straylight Run, it’s clear Nolan’s new band would be anything but TBS 2.0. Filled with lush harmonies, piano and moody ballads, the album found the singer exploring uncharted musical waters – a sound that fans hail to this day as a true hallmark in his career.
To commemorate the album’s 10th anniversary, I caught up with John to chat about its creation, how he grew as a songwriter and just who the songs on Straylight Run are – or aren’t – about. If you like what you hear, be sure to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher or YouTube so you don’t miss a single episode of the stories behind your favorite songs. Thanks for listening!