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 36)
Genres Indie
Alternative rock
Occupations 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 the current guitarist and backing vocalist of Taking Back Sunday, and the former lead singer and guitarist of Straylight Run. 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. He and Straylight Run bandmate Shaun Cooper (who also is no longer with Straylight Run) left Taking Back Sunday to pursue a different musical direction, along with personal differences with other band members.[1] 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[2] and Bandcamp profiles.[3] 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. On February 16, 2010, it was announced that Straylight Run was on "hiatus", with a live album to be released in the future.[4] In late March 2010 he and Shaun Cooper rejoined Taking Back Sunday.[5] John currently lives in NoDa, North Carolina with wife Camille and son John,[6] and is neighbors with bandmate Adam Lazzara.[citation needed]


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,[7] he uses a Big Bite pedal into a Jcm800 to create his crunch tone.[8] He also uses a Fender '72 Telecaster Thinline on occasion.[9]

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