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Bayside Happy Seeing Younger Fans

Of the Oakland Press

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The members of Bayside are getting older — but not their audience, according to frontman Anthony Raneri.

“I see our fan base getting a little bit younger, maybe ’cause of some of the tours we’ve been doing,” says Raneri, 25, who founded the modern rock group in 2000 in Queens, New York, and is the sole remaining original member.

“We just got off the Warped Tour, which gets a young crowd, and we’re seeing a lot of younger kids coming out for shows on this tour. I guess that’s a good thing, though.”

Some credit can also be given to “The Walking Wounded,” Bayside’s fifth album, which came out in February. The group has been getting some airplay for the single “Duality,” while the album’s title track — a reference to a 2005 auto accident that claimed the live of drummer John “Beatz” Holohan — appears in the NHL 08 video game.

It’s also a more polished, sophisticated effort than its predecessors, though Raneri says that wasn’t a stated goal while making the album.

“We don’t really set creative goals for ourselves,” he explains. “We just want to get better at what we do. We don’t want to sound like the Beach Boys all of a sudden and make these huge left turns lots of bands make in their career when they start having success.

“We know what Bayside is supposed to sound like. We just want to make it better.”

Bayside, the Sleeping and June perform at 6:30 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 1) at St. Andrew’s Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Tickets are $15. Call (313) 961-6358 or visit www.livenation.com.

Web Site: www.livenation.com

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