Album of the week: Bayside— Vacancy

Category:  The Arts
Wednesday, September 14th, 2016 at 10:11 PM
Album of the week: Bayside— Vacancy  by Kimberly Firestine
Album artwork for Vacancy

Bayside is back and, perhaps, angrier than ever. Fueled by the downfall of singer Anthony Raneri’s second marriage, “Vacancy” is another bare-all album for the rock veterans from Long Island.

The record, their seventh studio album, was released Aug. 19 on Hopeless Records and debuted at number 69 on the Billboard 200 between a greatest hits album from The Notorious B.I.G and Selena Gomez’s “Revival.” “Vacancy” is Bayside’s fifth album to debut within the top 100 of the Billboard 200.

It’s hard to pick out a couple of standout tracks because every track is just as good as the next. Songs like “I’ve Been Dead All Day,” “Enemy Lines” and “Not Fair” give off the classic Bayside angst that fans have grown to know and love. “Mary” and “It Doesn’t Make It True” provide upbeat breaks from the harder riffs of other album tracks and add to it’s diversity of sound in the best way possible.

While the album’s general theme of heartbreak and depression weighs heavy on any listener who relates to it, the wrap-up track “It’s Not As Depressing As It Sounds” reassures Bayside fans that Raneri isn’t going to call it quits just yet. Raneri sings “It’s not as depressing as it sounds/Just want to be prepared/I’m in no rush to end it/But look at it from my perspective.”

In an interview on “Lead Singer Syndrome,” a podcast hosted by Silverstein’s Shane Told, Raneri explained that “Vacancy” was the most difficult Bayside album to make because of his divorce. Raneri explained his isolation and confusion on what to do next, and moving into an apartment on his own to “try and sort things out.”

“‘Vacancy’ had a double meaning, the physical and emotional experience. This is the first record I’ve written that’s had a theme to it; I didn’t want to write a typical break-up record, [because] it’s not about what happened, it’s about the aftermath,” said Raneri.

The album’s first single, “Enemy Lines,” was released May 13 on Hopeless Records’ YouTube channel just days after Bayside announced the release of the album and a full U.S. tour with The Menzingers and Sorority Noise.

The tour, which kicked off in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in August is set to end Sept. 18 in Nashville, Tennessee.

“Vacancy” is available for purchase in stores and online. You can stream the album on Spotify and Apple Music.

Bayside is Anthony Raneri, Jack O’Shea, Nick Ghanbarian and Chris Guglielmo. 

Kimberly Firestine is the arts editor for the Spectator. She can be reached at ae.spectator@gmail.com.

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