Tidal Wave is the seventh studio album by American rock band Taking Back Sunday. During the touring cycle for Happiness Is (2014), the group worked on material for their next record. Following a holiday show in late 2015, guitarist John Nolan was expecting his second child and wished to be nearby. As a result, vocalist Adam Lazzara was informed by engineer Mike Pepe of a studio close by that he worked at, Sioux Sioux Studio in Charlotte, North Carolina. With the members living between Lazzara and Nolan's houses, they persuaded producer Mike Sapone to join them. In January 2016, the group were writing at the studio, and by March, they started recording. One change the group experienced was the ability to track every instrument, and subsequently listen to it back. This enabled the group to listen to the proceedings objectively, rather than talking solely about a single part.
In summer 2016, the band embarked on the Taste of Chaos tour. In late June, Tidal Wave was announced and a music video was also released for the title-track. In late August, a music video was released for "You Can't Look Back". In mid-September, a lyric video was released for "Death Wolf". Tidal Wave was released on September 16 through Hopeless Records. The album peaked at number 36 on the Billboard 200 and in the top 10 of several other Billboard charts. In addition, it also charted in Australia and Scotland. Following this, the group went in an intimate club tour, during which they played the album in its entirety. In February 2017, a music video was released for "Call Come Running", and the group went on a UK tour. An Australian tour in March, followed by appearances at the When We Were Young and Rock on the Range festivals in April and May, respectively. In summer, the band embarked on a co-headlining US tour with Every Time I Die.