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Interview:
Bayside Frontman Likes Attention For New Album
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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Bayside frontman Anthony Raneri claims that he doesn't like to be the center of attention -- especially around friends and family. But a week ago he found himself at his mother's wedding, guitar in hand, singing "Landing Feet First" from his band's 2007 album "Walking Wounded."

"I played the song only 'cause my mother asked me to," says Raneri, 26, who's back on the road with Bayside promoting the Long Island modern rockers' new album, "Shudder." "I normally don't like the attention from people that I know; I love to come home and be a normal person.

"But I do whatever my mother tells me to, so..."

Raneri handles the spotlight better with Bayside because, he says, "that's my job." And with "Shudder" just out he plans to be doing that well into 2009 to take advantage of what's been a rapidly ascendant career for the quartet.

"This time we basically wanted to take everything all our records had and put it all into one record," Raneri explains. "And we wanted to streamline all our ideas, too, and get to the point quickly in all our songs.

"That's definitely a challenge, but as a songwriter, an artist, you welcome that sort of challenge. It's not the kind of challenge that drives you crazy."



Bayside, the Matches, Valencia and the Status perform at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 8) at St. Andrew's Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 day of show. Call (313) 961-6358 or visit www.livenation.com.

Web Site: www.livenation.com

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