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Taken reform; announce anthology, forthcoming EP

Thursday, October 16, 2014 9:58 AM PT

Influential Orange County melodic hardcore band Taken has reformed and signed with Other People Records. They will release their discography entitled 'Carry Us Until There Is Nothing Left' on December 9th, 2014. This will feature the albums 'Finding Solace In Dissension', 'And They Slept', and 'Between The Two Unseens' re-mastered, and for the first time, available as an LP.

Taken - Carry Us Until There Is Nothing Left

Other People Records is a label started by Jesse Barnett of Stick To Your Guns and Tom Williams of Stray From The Path, and together they will bring this discography and a brand new EP in 2015. Taken Vocalist Ray Harkins had the following to say about the announcement.

"When the idea of getting together a discography and new EP started to enter our collective heads, we started to entertain a million different ideas for what to do with them. When my friends Tom and Jesse told me they were starting a label, explained to me the vision behind it and the fact that we would be working with people we trust, it seemed logical to bring the idea up to them. Fortunately for Taken, they jumped at the chance to work with us.

"It's a strange thing looking at a band that by no means was ever 'big' but strangely has an undeniable impact on people that have expressed their love for the music and lyrics that Taken created. It felt proper to only work with people who had that same passion and both Jesse and Tom were Taken fans for years.

"I personally am excited about keeping Taken's music available and out there for people to discover, re-listen or collect and this gives all the more reason for us to continue to put out music, which we plan on doing in the near future."

Other People Records had the following to say:

"Ray has not only indirectly helped both STYG and Stray but also directly been involved in our careers. When Ray came to us and asked if we would be involved in Taken's career, the answer was all too obvious and just like that we find ourselves here. Two kids who wouldn't be who we are without this band, now with a label releasing the very music that inspired and encouraged us to start down this fickle path that has been, for the most part, very kind to us. This isn't just a release. This the preservation of a place in this history of hardcore music which hasn't always been so accepting or kind but undoubtedly necessary. Without Taken, a very important link to this chain would be missing.

"To Taken on behalf of the hardcore scene around the world and Other People Records: 'We embrace this feeling where nothing else seems real.'"

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