Bayside is an American punk rock band from Queens which formed in the winter of 2000. The band has released six full length albums, four for Victory Records, one on Wind-Up Records, and one on Hopeless Records. Bayside consists of Anthony Raneri as the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist, Jack O'Shea as the lead guitarist, Nick Ghanbarian as the bassist, and Chris Guglielmo as the drummer. Since their inception on Long Island one winter day in 2000, Bayside has become a successful band in the punk scene but completely "unscene". Having released four studio albums with Victory Records since signing on in 2003, Bayside has sold over a quarter-of-a-million records to date.
Early years (2000-2004):
Bayside formed in the winter of 2000 out of Queens, New York. The band got its name when on their way to a New Found Glory show on Long Island with the intention of giving New Found Glory a demo CD, and they were trying to think of a name to write on the CD when they passed the Bayside train station, and decided to write "Bayside" on the CD as simply a name for New Found Glory, but it stuck. It self-released a 5 song demo and signed to Dying Wish Records to issue its first release, Long Stories Short EP in 2001. In 2003 the band released a split EP with Name Taken entitled simply Bayside/Name Taken with the same label. Later in 2003, Bayside signed to Victory Records, a much larger label, where the band resided for the next six years. Sirens and Condolences, Bayside's debut full length album, was released on January 27, 2004, through Victory Records. The album features the song "Masterpiece."
Bayside & Bayside Acoustic EP (2004-2006):
The band followed its debut album up with the self-titled album Bayside which was released on September 1, 2005, by Victory Records. John "Beatz" Holohan was killed in a van accident. On October 31, 2005, at approximately 3:13 AM in Cheyenne, Wyoming, after leaving its Boulder, Colorado show, the band's vehicle hit a patch of ice, skidded off the road, and flipped over. Holohan was killed and Bayside bassist Nick Ghanbarian was seriously injured when he was ejected through one of the van's windows. Ghanbarian broke his L-4 (lumbar vertebrae) which required surgery. Bandmates Anthony and Jack escaped with minor injuries. Bayside issued the appropriately titled Acoustic, which featured a tribute to Holohan and acoustic renditions of some of its songs. The song "Winter" is dedicated to him. The band Punchline dedicated their album 37 Everywhere to the memory of Holohan. The first song on the record, "Flashlight," features backing vocals from Raneri, and the song "They Are Strong Hands" is a reference to Bayside's song "They Look Like Strong Hands" from their self-titled album. "They Are Strongs Hands" also makes a lyrical shout out to Holohan saying "Ain't no body gonna bring me down, 'cause my boy John Beatz got my back." Several other bands wrote songs dedicated to his memory, including I Am the Avalanche, Silverstein, and The Sleeping.
The Walking Wounded and Shudder (2006-2009):
After the death of John "Beatz" Holohan, Chris Guglielmo became the band's new drummer. The band released The Walking Wounded on February 6, 2007. It was re-released as The Walking Wounded: Gold Edition on July 22, 2007, with the newer edition containing bonus live acoustic tracks as well as a bonus DVD. The DVD includes live acoustic recordings, music videos, and documentaries. The album's first single, Duality, was remixed and featured in Resident Evil: Extinction under the title "Duality (Project Alice String Remix)."
On September 30, 2008 the band released its fourth full length album Shudder and live album Live at the Bayside Social Club. Prior to Shudder's release, singer Anthony Raneri described the album as having a more punk sound than their previous record The Walking Wounded.
On September 5, 2008, the album was leaked onto various file-sharing sites. The first single, "No One Understands" generated significant attention from fans through the band's MySpace page. The band also played "I Think I'll Be OK" at shows during the summer of 2008.
Around September 22, 2008, the album was put up to stream on the band's official MySpace page. On October 4, 2008, the music video for the song "No One Understands" was posted for viewing on the band's official MySpace page.
Killing Time (2009-2012):
On May 2, 2009, the band performed at The Bamboozle Festival at Giants Stadium, the band's third stint at the festival. During this time, the band finished their contract obligations with Victory Records. The band released a cover of "Beautiful Girls" by Sean Kingston for Fearless Records Punk Goes Pop 2.
During the summer of 2009, Bayside finished its fourth stint on the Vans Warped Tour. For much of 2010, the band worked on its fifth album with plans on releasing it in early 2011. Alternative Press magazine named the Bayside album one of the most anticipated albums of 2010 in its annual feature.
On March 10, 2010, the Alternative Press website released news that Bayside has signed to the record label Wind-up Records, projecting the band's next release to be fall of the same year. The band began tracking their fifth album and Wind Up Records debut on June 1, 2010 at Dreamland Studios in Woodstock, NY. For Killing Time, the band enlisted the help of legendary British rock producer Gil Norton, who is best known for his work with the Foo Fighters, The Pixies, Counting Crows, Echo and the Bunnymen, Jimmy Eat World and Dashboard Confessional. In September 2010 the band announced through their Twitter account that the new album will be called Killing Time and will be released on February 22, 2011. On October 5, 2010, the band announced the track listing for Killing Time on their Twitter. The first song off of Killing Time, "Already Gone", was put up for streaming exclusively on AbsolutePunk.net on October 18, 2010. Their first single from Killing Time, "Sick, Sick Sick", was released on November 16, 2010. On February 3, 2011, "Mona Lisa" was released on The Alternative Press website to be streamed for free, although it was played previously at an Acoustic set for 104.5 Radio with "On Love, On Life".
Bayside played the 2011 Take Action Tour with Silverstein co-headlining. Opening acts included Polar Bear Club; The Swellers; and Texas In July. On April 26, 2011 the Take Action Vol. 10 compilation was released, which included a previously unreleased Bayside song, "Battle Scars". Bayside announced that they would be going on tour with Saves The Day, I Am The Avalanche, and Transit from the middle of September 2011 to the middle of November 2011. During the tour, Rise Records released a 7" vinyl compilation featuring one song from each of the bands touring, which was limited to only 2000 copies. The Bayside song featured on the 7" split was the original demo of their new single "Sick, Sick, Sick." After much of a break from touring, the band announced that they would be doing Warped Tour 2012 from June 16 to July 30, and Raneri would be playing solo acoustic sets on the Acoustic Basement Stage for the same tour dates.
Covers and Cult (2012-present):
On September 17th, 2012 the band announced they were self-releasing (through their own record label - Gumshoe Records) a cover album entitled "Covers - Volume 1," which would be released on October 23, 2012. The EP will contain songs from Van Morrison, The Ronettes, Del Shannon, Elvis Costello and Billy Joel. They also announced that they will start writing a new album tentatively in January 2013. In an interview with Alternative Press on September 25, 2012, frontman Anthony Raneri stated the intention of making more volumes of cover albums as the reasoning behind naming this first one "Covers - Volume 1." Previously before all of this they had announced that they would be going on tour with Taking Back Sunday for Taking Back Sunday's "Tell All Your Friends" 10 Year Anniversary Tour (stylized as TAYF10), which for Bayside will start on October 4, 2012, and end on November 23, 2012 in their hometown of New York City.
On August 16, 2013, the band revealed that they have signed to Hopeless Records.
On November 12, 2013 Bayside revealed their new album Cult, after a series of photos on their Instagram page symbolizing previous albums. In the last picture, all symbols were depicted inside of a hexagram with six tally marks in the six point of the star. Cult is Bayside's sixth studio album. With the release, Bayside provided pre-orders that included a download of "Pigsty", the fifth song of the album. A track list of the new album was also released on the band's website. The album released on February 18, 2014. Starting April 2014, Bayside went on a UK tour with Chicago-based band Alkaline Trio in support of the new album.
The band announced a 15-year anniversary tour beginning on March 5, 2015 with Senses Fail, Man Overboard, and Seaway.
Anthony Raneri's solo work:
By way of his blog, Twitter account and various interviews, there has also been talk of a solo release from frontman Anthony Raneri. On December 4, 2009, at 12:00 am he released a demo version of "The Ballad of Bill the Saint" on his personal Myspace page, the first recorded song from his upcoming solo album. According to Raneri, the song was recorded one night in Chris Kirkpatrick's studio in his own home, after the two met at one of Raneri's solo shows in Orlando, Florida. On January 22, 2011 in an interview with Alternative Press, Raneri stated that he has no plans to release a solo album any time soon, as he only does his solo work for fun. However, as recently as August 20, 2011, Raneri stated at a solo show he was playing in Rhode Island, "I was thinking about maybe putting out a solo record next year," and also went on to say that he hadn't revealed to his record label of his intentions about putting out a solo album yet, but joked that they would know of his intentions after he would post a video of the show on the internet.
Raneri began recording his solo EP on December 13 in Los Angeles, CA. Steve Choi from RxBandits, Davey Warsop from Beat Union and Jarrod Alexander of My Chemical Romance were announced as his backing band and collaborators on the recording. On December 20, 2011, it was announced via Facebook that the solo EP was named New Cathedrals and was scheduled for an early 2012 release. On December 31, Raneri posted to his Facebook page that the EP would be released before the start of the "Where's the Band? Tour" in January.
On January 10, 2012, the first song from the EP, "Sandra Partial", was released for free streaming on Alternative Press. Also, via his Facebook page, Raneri released the artwork and tracklist of the EP. On January 16, another song from the EP, entitled "Please Don't Leave", was released on AbsolutePunk. That same day the full EP was released on iTunes, and within hours made it to number seven on the iTunes Store Top 10 Alternative Albums chart.
On November 14, 2011, Gumshoe Radio was announced by Bayside. A weekly radio show hosted by band members Anthony Raneri and Nick Ghanbarian. The show is said to be a mix between a blog and a punk news site in audio form. The show will air every Friday from 7pm-9pm ET on their site: www.GumshoeRadio.com.
Anthony Raneri - lead vocals, rhythm guitar (2000-present),
Jack O'Shea - lead guitar, backing vocals (2003-present),
Nick Ghanbarian - bass guitar, backing vocals (2004-present),
Chris Guglielmo - drums, percussion (2006-present),
Andrew Elderbaum - bass (2001-2004),
Jim Mitchell - drums, percussion (2003-2004),
John "Beatz" Holohan (deceased) - drums, percussion (2004-2005),
Jason Enz - drums, percussion (2001-2003)
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