Many know the joy of an unexpected surprise. Live At the Patchogue Theatre from Straylight Run, due for release on September 17, 2021 via Craft Recordings, is just that. It’s kind of like finding a $20 bill in your jacket from an earlier season, except that you’d find that $20 not just a few months after you’d forgotten about it, but 16 years after the fact.
Originally recorded in 2005 at the Patchogue Theatre in Straylight Run’s home of Long Island, 10 of the tracks on the record first saw the light of day in April 2020 on Bandcamp with proceeds from sales going to the charity Feeding America. Now the full 15 track release becomes available.
Many longtime favorites of Straylight Run fans are found on the effort such as “Mistakes We Knew We Were Making,” “The Tension And The Terror” and final track “Existentialism On Prom Night.” The beauty of the live experience as compared to studio recordings are the improvisational moments of beauty such as the piano bars toward the end of “It’s For The Best,” one of the major highlights of the album.
Although frontman John Nolan and bassist Shaun Cooper have returned to Taking Back Sunday, drummer Will Noon went on to be part of the band fun., producing the hits “Some Nights” and “We Are Young.” Pianist Michelle DeRosa became part of Destry alongside Cooper and members of The Format and Cassino.
Live At the Patchogue Theatre has forever captured an important moment in time for the members of Straylight Run and for all who take joy in their music.