Monday, December 21, 2009

Tours TBA & CD release show update.

We're about to announce a sweet tour with Ambush and Continuance. It will route up to the North East towards New York and work its way down the East Coast to Florida. We're very excited about it. After this tour, there will be many options for our next tour. Nothing set in stone yet, but it will be sweet!

Two nights ago we had our official CD release show in our hometown of Bentonville, AR. Skia and Solace made it happen. We can't thank them enough for their continuous support. Lots of bands, few dollars, and lots of friends! One friend in particular, Ramon, from Michigan, made an impressive bus trip to our CD release show. He's one of the nicest guys we've ever met. It amazes us that someone could be that dedicated. There were some other close friends from Minneapolis that made a hefty drive as well. With that being said, the CD release show was a blast. Thanks to everyone, long drive or not, that came! If you missed it, we're constantly posting new shows on our myspace. Some in TN just confirmed. 

New song posted on our myspace. Lyrics to the entire album>>>

The beginning. Nothing.

Is this all worth something
Cause I admit that I can see nothing
Good coming from this life that I live
A life clouded by selfishness
With no love to give

Can I change if I feel nothing at all
Will we change if we feel nothing at all
How can I change if I feel nothing at all

New Empires

Ive been tossing in my sleep
Plagued by the things ive seen
I see grown men in the streets
begging for food to eat
I see a young mom in the church
Shunned because her baby has no father
I see a war on the tv
That leaves orphans in the streets
And i think to myself
what a world we live in
where people use God's name
to expand their empires
They say its just the way it is
That i should just learn to accept it
Well i beg to differ man
I wont give in
You villainous men
With your treacherous hands
Have taken away all the meaning in this
Road you claim to travel
Is in the path of his steps
All the while your the shell of a christian man
So i wont tread lightly
I wont go quietly
I wont speak softly
I wont let you get the best of me
This has to end here
This has to end right now
No longer can we wait for things to all work out
Just open up your eyes
And look past your front door
Your sisters in the streets and your brothers at war
Compassion has been lost
in a nation built by greed
But we could be a generation that is truly free
No longer will we answer
To a king who wears a crown
But a king who ruled through peace
Then laid his life down
Rise up
Rise up true sons of zion
I will be the change i want to see in the world

Lost generation

I’m afraid to talk
cause your scared to listen
will your judging eyes bring down
heavens fury?
I might not say a lot
but ill speak my heart
so judge if you will cause ill still be screaming

this is why we are here
broken bruised beaten down feeling used
by the ones we put our trust in
the ones who deserve it least
this is why we are here
disgruntled youth in a room
screaming till our lungs are sore
cause this is where we're safe

and I owe you nothing,
this is not my apology.
Instead this is to say
that i'll carry this burden
with or without help, from the likes of you.

and as I stand here a broken man
filled with broken words (and empty hands)
i'll keep singing broken songs to my one true love

but now there’s broken windows in the halls of the church
cause you cast the first stone
so now that cold breeze
sends a chill up your spine
as you realize all thats left

this is why we are here
to give all that we have to give
to hold nothing back in fear of regret
this is why we are here
even after our voices have left
i'll scream until you hear me
until you hear me...

Hollow eyes

From the window of my middle class home
I watch a man as he sits alone
On the dirty streets
The cardboard under his feet
Screams about all his cold nights spent alone
People pass but no one seems to notice
His empty hands hollow eyes broken soul
And his need need need for just one person to care

So which of these words will brings him comfort
Cause it's sympathy not empathy I feel
But is it real
As I sit and watch from I suburban castle

Living a life I'll never know
I see a man walking through the snow
For this lonely man
The picture in his hand
Are all that's left of the life he used to know
The time goes by but no one seems to notice
His empty hands hollow eyes broken soul
And his need need need for just one person to care

And now I realize
That all of this means nothing without action
I will not just sing
I refuse to just sing songs about how hard life can be
While others lead lives that are more difficult than I can imagine
I will be a source of light in this dark world
A catalyst in this stagnant generation
I will use love to overcome this world

A reason to scream

I spend my time only wishing I could come up with clever words strung
together to make you feel how I wish I could feel

Apathy grips me hard I lie awake at night wishing I could feel
something more than nothing
But still I settle for mediocrity time and time again just so I don't
have to try and feel

Anything new
Anything different
Anything new
Anything at all

This time I hope it's different
This time I hope I change
Cause for once I feel sick
Sick of the same old nothing

For once I'll have a reason to scream

Apathy won't silence me
This is the end of nothing

After all is said and done
At the end of the day
I know I will have to make the choice
To try and feel
So I will look past myself
And stop waiting for the world to change around me.

What We Are Fighting For

Your story's been set
And i regret that i have been portrayed
As a villain in your God forsaking crimes
But if the fault is all mine
Then can someone tell me why
That theres no blood on my hands now
If that song is being sung
Why are we looked down apon
For not being another one
To fall in line
My convictions lead me
So this wont be a waste of time
For me this is exactly where i need to be
Right now
So why does a difference in opinion
Mean that i am wrong
Clear eyes clean heart and
A mind that wont forget where we came from
Its not that you were wrong
But your lifes not for me
Your story's been set
And i regret that i have been portrayed
As a villain in your God forsaking crimes
But if the fault is all mine
Then can someone tell me why
Im still breathing
And im sorry but i
Did not choose your life
Theres nothing i can say
But i will show you
These words arent in vain
My hearts still the same
And thats why i thats why i
I will love the unloved
I will cherish the hated ones
I will welcome the shunned
With my sweat and my blood
Cause if we burn down the walls of this world
Then we will burn through the hearts of the still
And if i must stand alone
I will stand with my head held high
Cause it seems to me
Like we're two enemies
fighting on the same side
Cant you see
This is all a means to an end
I hope that one day we
will live in harmony
unified in the same goal
cause now is not the time
for us to draw a line
in the sand to decide
which side we're fighting for


I can't see, any good in me
just a cold heart full of hypocrisy.
I guess you could say i'm in need of a change
I guess you could say that I can’t go on this way.

Day in day out, (day in day out) it’s all the same.

They say "people never change"
and i'd like to believe that is not the case
it’s just so hard to see the light
when all around me it’s the darkest night i've ever seen.

but I will be the one to say
that everything will be okay
cause I know how it feels
to have nothing left to give.

I swear this time i'll make a difference.

The skies are empty

am I going through the motions yet again
or is this how I truly feel inside
are these words the ones taught to me when I was young
that I digesting without thinking

with the darkness that’s all around
it gets so hard to keep believing

they say we're blind
would a god of love
leave a man under a bridge (alone)
or cause a family
to loose a loved one(to a war)
while the corrupt stay home
and profit (from death)
while they’re praying in pews to "bring our boys home"

so what’s our answer to this question
have we bought in to the greatest lie ever told
I look up into the sky for answers
but come up with only clouds passing

but those clouds that gave me nothing
are what keeps me believing
that voice inside when I look to the sky
that says you’re not alone
so I keep believing

The prodigal soldier

there once was a boy I knew
a heart so full of light
in a world only preaching darkness he held it all inside
the only one true innocent in this guilty generation
he walked a lonely dirt road with no one to hold and nowhere to call

he walks the streets at night (all alone)
with a cold steel 45 at his side

a little brother,
a worried mother,

a burdened father says to his son

"no acceptance,
you'll find no acceptance"

oh courageous one
you're life’s worth so much more
then to be thrown away
for someone else’s war
and as he pulls the trigger
his humanity, gone forever

and after all these years,
there's still something there

my tortured friend,
please come home soon,
where you can finally,
rest your weary soul.

The end of apathy

We can't bring about change if apathy prevails
But if we can learn to look past ourselves past our mediocre lives we
can begin to hope to make a difference
One life is all we have
To stand up and be counted
To see that this is all worth something
And we will start to see the change

Friday, December 4, 2009

Take It Back!'s Xmas wish list (in no particular order)

10.)  King of the Hill seasons 1 through 13
9.)  1975 AMC Pacer
8.)  Jesse.
7.)  A trip to Minneapolis for some Mesa Pizza
6.)  To go on tour with Kings Of Leon
5.)  Our horn to work
4.)  Big screen TV for the van
3.)  Waffle House gift card
2.)  Giant metal trash can to light stuff on fire in and blow up stuff in
1.)  New NERF guns for everyone in the band

Thursday, November 26, 2009 interview

This is an interview done by Harbor from Call To Preserve. I copy and pasted it from his blogspot check it out!

Take it Back! is a band that has spent the past year and half constantly changing and evolving. Their Facedown Records debut "Can't Fight Robots" was a feel good, youth group friendly posi-core album built on the shoulders of crowd pullers like Comeback Kid and Set Your Goals. It was catchy and you could listen to it while you were driving with your girlfriend, but ultimately it lacked gravitas. Weeks after their album came out, TIB!'s lost two members, one of them being the vocalist, a death sentence for almost any established band. At that point nobody would've blamed them for quitting, but they pressed on. A year and half later they've become almost a new band, dropping the fluff for something a little more honest and aware. On their sophomore release "Atrocities," Take it Back! is darker, deeper and more satisfying for those looking for substance in their music.
Last week these guys graced the Florida panhandle with their presence and we got to have some serious hang time. After the show we went and hung out on the beach looking for sea life, both Cody and Josh sporting head lamps so they could spot crabs a little easier. I thought it would be a perfect time to ask them a few questions. We talked about their new album, metal kids and Kings of Leon. Here's what they had to say:

Tell me who you guys are. What band are you in and what are your names?
Nick: Take it Back! and I'm Nick and i do vocals.
Cody: I'm Cody and I play guitar.
Josh: Josh and I do drums.

Where are you guys and what are you doing right now?
Cody: We are on the beach in Destin, Florida.
Nick: hanging out on the beach at three in the morning.
Josh: Looking for crabs.
Cody: And stingrays.

Have you found any crabs yet?
Cody: Yea we can see them in the water, but I just took a shower for the first time in two weeks so I'm not getting in the water.

You guys have been tour. Tell me about how it's been going.
Nick: We've been on tour for a week and a half now with Four Letter Lie and A Bullet For Pretty Boy.
Josh: Wow he said it right.
Nick: I always get their name wrong.
Cody: It's Awesome. They're great guys.
Josh: Yea.
Cody: Lots of fun. There's been a lack of hardcore kids but it's been a lot of fun.
Nick: A lot of confused looks while we play haha.

So you guys played in Pensacola tonight. How was it?
Nick: We had a good show tonight. There wasn't a ton of kids, but we played with a band called Who Cares that's from this area and it was the first night of the tour we felt like kids understood what we were going for stylistically.
Cody: There was probably 25 people at the show, but most of them were hardcore kids and got into our set, which was a first. Like I said we've had a blast on this tour but it's just been a couple kids here and there that were into the show, or our show at least. Tonight it was a breath of fresh air.

Tell me about your theory about the way metal kids hear.

Nick: It's like dogs with a dog wistle. They can only hear that high pitch, but humans can't. Metal kids can't hear anything unless it's tuned below, I'd say B. So you've got B and then A and then G sharp.
Cody: It explains the weird looks you get whenever you're playing if you're a hardcore band. You're just moving around but to them no noise is coming out, so that's why everybody stares at you. But hopefully next record we'll change that. We'll tune to like A or something.
Nick: We tune to D sharp standard so we're super screwed right now.
Cody: We should start tuning up more and then maybe we can meet in the middle somewhere. Maybe there's a high frequency they can hear, they just haven't figured it out yet. Like I know Iron Maiden was tuned up, so we'll see what happens.

I think they can only hear it if it's sweep picking.
Cody: Haha yea. We'll have arpeggios on the next record.

Is it tough being on tour with metal bands or bands that draw a different crowd than yours, to put it in a nice way?
Nick: It's a little difficult. We have a good time with all the bands. We really got along with these guys really well. But yea, musically we're all so different that there's always kind of the oddball most nights and unfortunately most nights it's us, not that kids, I don't know, it seemed like they liked it but they were confused as to what's going on.
Cody: A lot of those kids you could tell this was probably their first exposure to hardcore music at a show. They don't know how to take it.
Nick: Actual hardcore music.
Cody: Yea, well..Haha. Tough guy hardcore music.
Nick: We're not tough guy.

Would you consider yourself tough guy?
Cody: Haha. No absolutely not. We strive to be though. We're working on it.
Nick: Yea maybe someday. We got a few more breakdowns on this album so maybe next album.
Cody: Like I said we're all tuning down on the next album. Or up. Whichever works better.
Nick: We're all going to play basses on the next album.

So you guys just had a new record come out.
Cody: Yea, "Atrocities" came out Tuesday.
Nick: Nobody burn that.
Josh: It is not drop tuned.
Cody: But yea it did come out last week. Nobody knows it, but it came out last week. And we're stoked on it. Hopefully everybody else will be too. Hopefully it'll catch on.
We recorded in Minneapolis with Justin Carmichael, Alex Arthur and Griffin Landa and it turned out great. We stayed in downtown Minneapolis. It was awesome. Favorite city hands down.

How would you say its different than your previous releases?
Cody: It's a little darker.
Nick: A lot less pop influences. There's two tracks with singing on the entire record. With the last CD every track had a singing part.
Cody: I didn't write any of the lyrics, but from the outside perspective, a lot of the songs have more meaning, or at least they hit a little deeper. There's a lot of songs on the last record that had good meaning behind them, but this record has...I don't know. A do I say it?
Nick: More substance?
Cody: Yea more substance. There you go.
Josh: And I think the way that the whole album was recorded was pretty neat. It's super raw. Nothing was over done or over produced. If I could I would pretty much make our first album like that because everything else was just overdone or just too much.
Cody: Yea, or just digital.
Josh: Yea.
Cody: Like on the new record Josh's drums were just sampled with his drums, so it was all real drums.
Josh: Haha yea.
Cody: That's our actual guitar tone. And Nick's vocals sound incredible.
Josh: It really captures our lives sound as well which is really neat.

I have to ask you guys, how do you feel about Kings of Leon?
Nick: Haha! We love Kings of Leon so much.
Cody: Don't even get us started.
Nick: Our bio for Facedown Records states that they're one of the major influences for the new record. I think you can kind of hear it.
Cody: Let's just say I can't put their record in without listening to the whole thing. I have to go from start to end.
Nick: That's maybe the greatest record of 2009.
Cody: Absolutely. Hands down. But yea that's all we listened to when we recorded. We played Nazi Zombies and listened to that record.

Going back to the new record what were some of your influences besides Kings of Leon?
Nick: The last Verse album "Aggression" was all I listened to going up to recording that and then Have Heart "Songs to Scream at the Sun" that record was listened to quite a bit and Modern Life Is War was listened to. A couple other records. What else? Those were the three main ones that we just jammed while we were writing. I think it comes out in some of the songs. We wrote the album that we would want to hear.
Cody: I listened to a lot of Bad Brains too. I mean it doesn't really come through on the album at all but there's a couple fast songs. There's a 56 second song on our record.

Isn't that song called Minneapolis?
Cody: Absolutely. No reason other than Minneapolis is cool and we wrote that one in the studio and couldn't think of a better name than Minneapolis.

Tell me about the artwork, because you were saying the persom on the cover is actually a homeless guy that lives in Minneapolis.
Cody: Yea we were walking and just looking different places to shoot pictures and maybe find people, and we just came across this guy. Talked to him for a while actually. Got some pictures of him and yea it was awesome. I mean it worked out as far as the pictures went, but I mean we got to talk to him and it was great. And he had a pretty sad story. He had a rough year, but it was good and the pictures turned out great. The layout is awesome. There was some website we got album artwork of the week. Noisecreep I think.
Nick: Yea Noisecreep. We got album artwork of the week last week and Outbreak got it this week.

You guys came out with "Can't Fight Robots" about a year and a half ago, and then you guys had like a million member changes. Nick, you stepped up from bass to vocals. You've gone through a million other bass players. It seems like your focus has, maybe not changed but shifted, or maybe even more focused. What do you think?
Nick: Yea I definitely say with all the member changes it helped us to become more, I guess you could say united as a band and more unanimous in what we believe and what our goals are as a band, where as before we were a group of guys on several different pages with what we wanted to do, where as now we all know what we stand for.
Cody: There's a main purpose everybody has in the band and it makes things a little easier. We're still a Christian band but we've broadened our horizons and took a lot of different things into perspective too.

It definitely seems like there's this theme of social justice running through the new album. Tell me about that.
Nick: Yea, that's something I say we kind of all feel strongly about, but it kind of all started when I read a book called Jesus for President. That kind of opened my eyes to what our calling was as a band, I guess you could say. Whereas a lot of Christian bands, it's more important to... I don't know. We just didn't want to be another worshipful Christian band. We wanted to have a meaning and a message, not that they don't, we just felt like we had a different calling and purpose, and that's kind of the road we were led down.
Cody: And also just being aware of other things that are going on, you know? Outside of your normal realm of people's thoughts but just being aware of what's going on in the world and just helping out, you know? Where we can.

What were some of the things specifically in Jesus for President that made you feel this way?
Nick: It challenged a lot of what I learned growing up about what a church should be. I looked at a church as just a building of believers that got together, which is part of what is, but more so as a body of believers it should be more willing to get out and help the community around it. The disciples and all their followers sold everything they had and then gave to those around them who needed so no one had more than they needed and everyone had exactly what they needed, which is something that is very unheard of these days, especially in the age of mega churches. Where we're from there's so many. There's a church where we're from that has three gigantic cross statues that cost of over a million dollars, meanwhile the homeless population's rising daily.
Cody: I think it was a lot more than a million dollars. Like a couple million.

Anything cool happen on this tour?
Cody: Well the last tour we were lighting a lot of things on fire and blowing things up, even in the van. This tour it's kind of taken a back seat. We have one day left on this tour with the rest of the bands so hopefully we'll make something happen tomorrow. We'll see.
Josh: Also pretty exciting: Our trailer pretty much fell apart this whole tour.
Nick: It was the ghost of David Koresh.
Josh: Yea there's that story too.
Cody: We went to the branch Davidian compound in Waco and we're looking at that and that's when our trailer broke, right across from the compound. It was cool because we wanted to go out there and look at that, but at the same time we broke down out there, so that was kind of creepy. I always heard they were nice people though, but we never found out.

After this tour what do you have planned.
Cody: We're going to go back home and relearn the record as a band so we can tour on it heavy. A lot of the songs got written in the studio so we just have these songs that got pieced together. We just got a new bass player, like officially have a new bass player as of yesterday, so yea just go back and learn the whole record and then tour on it heavy and try to be gone as much next year as possible, so. It'll be good. We've got a lot of tour hopes. Like we'd love to to tour with Advent and Continuance. And Kiss is having a world tour next year, so we're trying to get on that.
Nick: A Kings Of Leon headliner would be nice.

Any last words?
Cody: Our record just came out so check that out. Wrench in the Works has a new record coming in January. I think it's January 10th. It's called "Increase/Decrease." That's going to be awesome. I've heard some of the demo tracks. Call to Preserve is writing a new album.

Well, possibly.
Nick: So far one of the members of Call to Preserve has confirmed that he is writing a new album. I haven't talk to the rest of them.

Haha, neither has that member.
Cody: Take it Back! doesn't just care about money, because we don't make money, contrary to popular belief. Yea that's it. That's our plug for lambgoat because we love that website but we can't figure out if it's serious or if it's a joke website because it's always so funny.
Nick: Take It Back! thrives on hate and so that website is where I get mine.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Atrocities came out this week.

And we're stoked that everyone can hear it. We have three songs on Let us know what you think.

So far the tour with Four Letter Lie and A Bullet For Pretty Boy is going well. We have two more Florida dates left with them, then we're going home for a bit. We'll be playing spot dates in December and hopefully be touring full time starting next year.

Please visit our other social networking pages and we'll keep you updated with news and goodies to come!

What are you guys doing for the holidays?

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

New song from Atrocities posted on our myspace and purevolume!

There will be more to be posted! This following tour was just announced too:

11/6 Claremore, OK @ The Tree
11/7 Abilene, TX @ Rose Park Activity Building
11/8 Plano, TX @ Eisenbergs Skatepark
11/9 Mansfield, TX @ The Boom Room
11/10 Waco, TX @ Art Ambush
11/11 Corpus Christi, TX @ House of Rock
11/12 San Antonio, TX @ The White Rabbit
11/13 Longview, TX
11/14 Douglasville, GA @ BBQ Fest @ The 7 Venue
11/15 Pensacola, FL @ Sluggos
11/16 Brandon, FL @ Brandon Assembly of God

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Our new album, Atrocities, will hit the stores November 10th. The pre-orders are up now. Visit to get your now! Our will tell you more about the new album and what to look forward to. We thank you for your support. You may also copy and paste this code for a sweet banner in promotion of Atrocities!>>>

CLICK HERE TO PRE-ORDER!<br><a href=""><img src="" border="0">a><br>

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

This is Truth!

Just a second ago, I recieved a text from Nick with good news. Here is a story that makes his text somewhat supernatural-

I've been reading a book called Crazy Love by Francis Chan, (just before Nick's text) I read "Giving that is not motivated by love is worth nothing. Paul says from this kind of giving we 'gain nothing'; however, when we give out of love, WE GAIN MUCH." After I read that, my heart was heavy. I felt convicted to give. So I gave. Just when I realized how much joy I had in giving, He gave (this is when Nick texted me). I gave and He out-gave. This is Truth!

But how often do we take the Gospel literally? I know I struggle with it. For example: "'Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this,' says the LORD of hosts, 'if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows'" (Mal. 3:10). Test Him in this! This is the only place in the Bible where God invites His people to test Him.

Anyway, the point is, His word doesn't lie. Sometimes we read the Bible and think 'this is too good to be true.' Think again!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Hot Topic

We had a good time last night in Carthage, MO at the Powerhouse. And we'll have a good time tonight in Ozark for a house show! We've also been playing one of our new songs from "Atrocities" live. If you're in our area next week, come by our local Hot Topics for a listening party. Details on We'll play "Atrocities" over the PA and it is forcasted to come out Nov. 9th. Nothing has been announced by Facedown just yet, but they will soon!

I came across this bible verse today, "A fool shows his annoyance at once, but a prudent man overlooks an insult." Proverbs 12:16
It makes so much sense. So I challenge you, next time you find yourself at conflict with someone, stop...and take a deep breath. Pay attention to they way you react. Pay attention to the way your 'someone' reacts. Its very humbling. This is one challenge I struggle with.

Friday, August 28, 2009

The lyrics to the new songs

They're very straight forward. Some people could find them offensive. But we want them to be effective and we all agree that they are. They lyrics explain the confusion every sinner faces and at the same time, connects with the most practical issues every non-believer faces. Here is a preview:

am i going through the motions yet again
or is this how i truely feel inside
or are these words the ones taught to me when i was young
that i digesting without thinking

with the darkness thats all around
it gets so hard to keep believing

they say we're blind
would a god of love
leave a man under a bridge (alone)
or cause a family
to loose a loved one(to a war)
while the corrupt stay home
and profit from death
while praying in pews to bring our boys home

so whats our answer to this question
have we bought in to the greatest lie ever told
i look up into the sky for answers
but come up with only clouds passing

but those clouds that gave me nothing
are what keeps me believing
that voice inside when i look to the sky
that says your not alone

We love you guys very much and appreciate all your support. But most of all, God loves you the most. He wants you bad. We can't wait for this full-length to drop!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Finishing up August

We're just now finishing up vocals on "Atrocities". Nick is giving it his all! We've spent the last two weeks in Minneapolis and loving every minute of it. If you ever come to Minneapolis, you need to go to this pizza place called Mesa Pizza. The addiction we have there is very similar to the addiction we have with In & Out Burger. God is good.