John Nolan (musician)

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John Nolan
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John Nolan playing in Straylight Run on April 7th, 2005 at the Irving Plaza in NYC
Background information
Born (1978-02-24) February 24, 1978 (age 37)
Genres Indie
Alternative rock
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Guitar, Vocals, Piano, Ukulele
Years active 1999–present
Labels Doghouse Records
Associated acts Straylight Run
Taking Back Sunday
Brand New

John Thomas Nolan (born February 24, 1978) is an American musician from Long Island, New York. He is the current guitarist and backing vocalist of Taking Back Sunday, and the former lead singer and guitarist of Straylight Run.[1]

Nolan left Taking Back Sunday in 2003 and during March 2010 rejoined Taking Back Sunday with Shaun Cooper, who left during his first run with the band, reforming the Tell All Your Friends-era lineup. John Nolan is also a solo artist and has recorded an album called Height and "Live at Looney Tunes."


John Thomas Nolan was born on February 24, 1978 in Rockville Centre, Nassau County, New York. A member of the band Taking Back Sunday, he also performed lead vocals and guitar in Straylight Run, along with keyboards for both.

Taking Back Sunday[edit]

In 1999, John was recruited into Taking Back Sunday by Jesse Lacey. He later would invite Adam Lazzara to join the band. In 2002 the band would release Tell All Your Friends. He would leave the band in 2003 to pursue a different musical direction, along with personal differences with other band members.[2]

In late March 2010 he and Shaun Cooper rejoined Taking Back Sunday.[3] In 2011 the band released a self-titled album that peaked at number 17 on the Billboard 200. In 2014 the band released Happiness Is which debuted at number 10 in the Billboard 200 and went to number 1 on Billboard's top independent albums chart, Becoming John's highest charting album.[4]

Straylight Run[edit]

In 2003, John would go on to form Straylight Run with his sister Michelle DaRosa, drummer Will Noon and Taking Back Sunday bassist Shaun Cooper. In 2004 the band released their self titled debut album which peaked at number 100 in the Billboard 200, and number 4 in the Billboard Independent Albums chart.[5]

From 2004 to 2009 Straylight Run would release two albums and four EP's. The bands 2007 record, The Needles The Space would debut at number 72 in the Billboard 200, marking the bands highest position on that chart.[6] The bands 2005 Prepare to be Wrong EP charted at number 168.[7]

On February 16, 2010, it was announced that Straylight Run was on "hiatus", with a live album to be released in the future.[8]


John announced on his MySpace blog on May 1, 2009 that he had decided to work on some solo material, some of which can be found on his MySpace[9] and Bandcamp profiles.[10] His first solo album, Height, was released on October 27, 2009 on Doghouse Records. John toured the Midwest and east coast with Person L and Brian Bonz in November and in January with support from Gabriel the Marine and Ocean is Theory.

In 2014 John provided the song "Here Comes the Wolf" to the soundtrack of the Jason Michael Brescia film, Bridge and Tunnel.[11] The song was nominated for several awards in the film festival circuit, and was the recipient of "Best Original Song" at the 2014 Long Island International Film Expo.[12] He also provides backup vocals and co-songwriting credit on the Gabriel the Marine track "Round and Round."[13]


Nolan currently lives in NoDa, North Carolina with wife Camille and son John,[14] and lives down the road from bandmate Adam Lazzara.[15][16]


With Taking Back Sunday:

With Straylight Run:




It has been noted that John uses a Fender Telecaster Deluxe due to the feel but prefers the sound of a Gibson Les Paul,[17] he uses a Big Bite pedal into a Jcm800 to create his crunch tone.[18] He also uses a Fender '72 Telecaster Thinline on occasion.[19]

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