Taken from You

Taken from You

Taken from You (sometimes spelled Takenfromyou) was an indie rock/post-hardcore band from Pensacola, Florida that formed in 2001 and broke up in late 2005. With constantly revolving members, Taken From You's sound changed with almost every record put out. With the band's original line-up they played a light indie rock comparable to Hum or At the Drive-In. At that time the band members were stil in their late high school years and played mostly local shows. They quickly gained popularity but were still mostly isolated to the Pensacola scene. Friend, Jake Brown (played in Moments in Grace and currently En Masse) was running a small label at the time called Computer Club Records and put out the band's first two releases Dying for Change and We Sing the Body Electric (recorded by Chris Staples of Twothirtyeight and Discover America). Eventually singer/bassist Thomas Samuel left the band to pursue other musical interests and Eric Jernigan from local band Agnostia was recruited to fill the spot.

Eric's presence drastically changed the sound more towards the post-hardcore direction the band was already headed. The music was a lot darker and most vocals were screamed instead of sung but they still held firm to an indie rock edge, rejecting the hardcore clichés that were popular at the time. It was with Eric that That Fading Flower, His Glorious Beauty was written. This five-song EP was recorded with Jeremy Griffith (also in Moments in Grace) and released on Raise the Red Flag Records and the band finally began touring in support of it. Shortly after the first tour guitarist Jarrod Burris left the band and Eric moved to the guitar position. The rest of the band's time was spent with an array of bass players, never securing a permanent member.

In November 2004, after tireless tours with nothing to show, the exhausted band called it quits. Three newer songs were written and recorded but the band wasn't pleased with how that recording came out so it was never released. Eric now plays in City of Ships. Michael now plays in A Planet That Eats Planets. Joshua played in Brothers and Sisters for a while, and now plays in A Planet That Eats Planets.

Members

  • Thomas Samuel (bass and vocals on Dying for Change and We Sing the Body Electric)
  • Michael McCraw (keyboard and vocals, played on every record)
  • Jarrod Burris (guitar for Dying for Change, We Sing the Body Electric and That Fading Flower, His Glorious Beauty)
  • Joshua Williams (drums, played on every record)
  • Eric Jernigan (Played bass on That Fading Flower, His Glorious Beauty but switched to guitar shortly after that record)
  • Andrew Jernigan (Played bass with the band after the recording of That Fading Flower, His Glorious Beauty)
  • Eric Soelzer (Played bass with the band after the recording of That Fading Flower, His Glorious Beauty)

Discography

  • Dying for Change
  • We Sing the Body Electric
  • That Fading Flower, His Glorious Beauty

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