Fresh off releasing their sixth LP Cult, New York's very own Bayside stopped by Baeble HQ to perform a high-octane acoustic set. The performance highlighted the longtime chemistry between vocalist Anthony Raneri and guitarist Jack O'Shea as they strummed their guitars with the full-fledged energy of a punk show. The twosome performed three new tracks off Cult: "Pigsty," "Transitive Property," and "Time Has Come." Displaying a growing maturity as songwriters, the chord progressions chimed with echo as Raneri's emotional delivery stood out for its lyrical intimacy. The melodies were crisp as O'Shea's guitar solos complemented the overall tone of each track.
I could be brave but what would that change? I'd just beg to borrowed time. Adding minutes to my life to long for something I can't buy and I try to live like I'm fine but there's proof in every face Our songs all get written as acoustic songs. They kinda start there. I've always lived by the rule that a song has to be a good song, stripped-down, for it to be a good song. You know, if minus the synthesizers and the tracks and all the background stuff andthe effects and all that if it's not good when you take all that away then it's really not that good. - The thing that I really like about it as well is that it allows you to take a song that's been built in one specific way and then revisit it. So like there are definitely instances in some of the songs that we'll play acoustic that are treated completely differently from the way they are treated on the album. I think that the time has come We could ask some questions if we should get to heaven about when we were alive Before we take it that far make plans to go peacefully in dark, see if we can see it through. And my head, it hurts today. And I thought I'd like to live forever it just reeks the patience that I've heard this is the calling I've waited for. And I'm short on time but here's my intention to raise my voice and get your attention make a sound that makes me proud I think that the time has come Woah I think that the time has come Woah Well, I've seen all my chances blow up in flames like matches and waiting for the day when New York sun settled son comes home, he's bringing hell with him see if you can see it through. And my head it hurts today. And I thought I'd like to live forever it just reeks the patience that at first this is the calling I've waited for. And I'm short on time but here's my intention to raise my voice and get your attention. Make a sound that makes me proud I think that the time has come Woah I think that time has come Whoa I think that time has come And my head it hurts today, And my head it hurts today And I thought I'd like to live forever It just reeks the patience that at first this is the calling I've waited for And I'm short on time but here's my intention to raise my voice and get your attention Make a sound that makes me proud I think that the time has come Woah! I think that the time has come Woah! I think that the time-- I thought I'd like to live forever, it just reeks of patience that at first It just reeks of patience that at first I think that the time has come Our sixth record came out yesterday. It was exciting. When we finished the record, when we were in the studio on the last day of tracking the record, listening back to the songs and we sort of said like these songs could have a place on any of our records. different characteristics of all of our records. And it's a good summation of sort of everything that we've done musically up until this point. So sort of to us, we think it's the record where you start with Bayside, it could be. If you have friends, if you like Bayside and you have friends who haven't heard the band yet, it's sort of, we think it's the place to start, you know because it's sort of a really nice representation of the band. We did Pigsty which, that was the first song we released from the album, the first song we put out to the fans. To me, we put that one out first because it was the most Bayside song you know. And when you're a band for as long as we are, everybody is sort of always waiting for that record where you like, you know... like you're going to make pet sounds all of a sudden. So we thought it was important, you know, it's important at this stage in our career to have put out that song first and just said, hey, like, you know it's going to be another 3 months or so before you get to hear the rest of the record but it's a Bayside record. 1-2-3-4 Your name is dirt, and I've got you under my nails from trying to feed them to bury below your dark trails do you know who you are? Are you having the time of your life Well, I hoped there would be a day I would see you get your desserts but baby there's still time There's time, there's time, So when you lose your mind, you'll find it at the bottom of the mess that's your life And go take your own advice Keep hoping that the lies never catch up with you in time Your name is filth 'cause that's all you spew from your mouth Well, I think that your moral compass is broke it only points you South And I wear my scars, like rings on a tree in a yard They're showing my age and proving where I've been so far So far, so far, so far So when you lose your mind, you'll find it at the bottom of the mess that's your life And go take your own advice and keep hoping that the lies never catch up to you in time I can't say for sure but it seems like you get more and more insecure with every jab, my life with you is like talking my own news When you lose your mind, then you'll find it at the bottom of the mess that's your life And go take your own advice Keep hoping that the lies never catch up to you in time And when you lose your mine, you'll find me at the bottom of the mess that's you life And go take your own advice, keep hoping that the lies never catch up to you in time There are songs on this record that are heartbreak songs and fight with your girlfriend and/or wife or whoever songs. And there's always a place for that in music. You know, anybody like Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley and before, there's always kind of room in music for those and we'll always write those you know, and I'm really proud of all the songs we've written in the past that are like that. But definitely with growing older with this record it took on some much bigger topics like kind of more life like in general, life and death really. And I thought a lot about sort of, my legacy not only in this band, not only as a musician but as a man. That's something you're not thinking about when you're 19 years old and making your first record. That and then Transitive Property was the third song that we play. That's the first song ever on a Bayside record I didn't write for a Bayside record. I was actually-- that's a real-life heartbreak song where we were on tour and I was fighting with my girlfriend at the time and she was breaking up with me and I wrote that song on the bus and recorded it and mailed it to her. And it worked 'cause she's my wife now. She got over the bailing on me thing. So that song, you know, all the guys had heard the song I wrote it on the bus and everybody had heard it and we talk when it came time to do the record we talked about should we do like a full band version of that song, should it go on the record. So that one is really uniquely personal because not only the story that goes with it, but also the fact that I wrote it with the intentions of like, people I didn't know not hearing it. I know my dear, I got us here but I'm seeing things like I never saw before My heart is like a powder keg And it blew and burn us both and left a sore And I'm not afraid to say I think you're wrong to think we're through Don't throw away our lives on this last month was hard I do admit The hardest road pays off the most and I love you more and more each day when we fight there's still a way 'Cause you're my rock if I'm still yours I never meant to say the things I said when I'm upset and need to bent but now this close to losing you I swear, I'll never make you sad again And I'm not afraid to say I think you're wrong to think we're through Don't throw away our lives on this last month was hard I do admit but the hardest road pays off the most and I love you more and more each day when we fight there's still a way 'cause you're my rock if I'm still yours I know that I promised not to call but princess I needed you to know that I'd give anything for one more day to stand beside you at your throne If not god, I'll just face this world alone Don't throw away our lives on this last month was hard I do admit but the hardest road pays off the most and I love you more and more each day when we fight there's still a way 'cause you're my rock if I'm still yours
Long Island-based Bayside formed in the winter of 2000 and released the Long Stories Short EP the following year. The band soon signed with Chicago powerhouse Victory Records and released their debut full-length, Sirens and Condolences, in January 2004. Bayside took early advantage of community websites like Friendster and MySpace to promote their music, making them an early pioneer in what has now become a standard practice for online music marketing.
Bayside released their self-titled sophomore album in August 2005, but the resulting tour turned tragic when their bus hit a patch of ice and flipped over en route to Salt Lake City. Drummer John “Beatz” Holohan was killed in the crash, and bassist Nick Ghanbarian was severely injured. Bayside took some time off following the accident, only to press onward as a duo (Anthony Ranera on vocals and guitar; Jack O'Shea on guitar) in honor of their friends. The live DVD and accompanying Acoustic EP was released in Feburary 2006.
Bayside is currently comprised of Raneri, O'Shea, Ghanbarian, and drummer Chris Guglielmo.