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Interview:
Personal pain became creative gain on Bayside's new album
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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It's true that Bayside's new album, "Vacancy," follows frontman and lyricist Anthony Raneri's painful divorce.

But he doesn't want anyone to think he just wrote a bunch of songs about breaking up -- even though that's the way the album started.

"Yeah, there were times when I was writing more breakup songs than I wanted to," Raneri, 34, who co-founded the group during 2000 in Queens, N.Y., says by phone. "But I was conscious to not make it really a breakup record so much as the aftermath of a breakup. I wanted it to be about me and me figuring out my life afterwards.

"That productive and reflective track is the heather path to be on. That's the track I knew I needed to be on, so I tried to keep myself there and not include the songs that were more just breakup songs, you know?"

Raneri says the "Vacancy" really started to fill up after he wrote the song "Pretty Vacant," which he says "summed up my entire situation. A lot of those lyrics were things I was saying out loud to myself." And musically there's a decidedly upbeat and hard-rocking tone to the album that's a stark contrast to the lyrical subject matter.

"To me they're two different things," Raneri explains. "I don't really try to say, 'Oh, for a sad song the chords should match that and if it's a happy song the lyrics should be uplifting. They're two very different things to me, and we're a rock band so that's how I approach the (music)."

Raneri expects Bayside to be on the road well into next year supporting "Vacancy." Meanwhile he's happy it's finally out so that the group can start playing more than just the advance tracks, "Dead All Day" as well as "Pretty Vacant."

"We started off playing four songs from the record, but now we're rotating more songs in and out," Raneri says. "When the tour started we had to pick what we thought would go over, knowing people hadn't heard it yet. But now we can get feedback and see what they really want to hear, which is a lot of fun for us after living with the record for awhile."

Bayside, the Menzingers and Sorority Noise

Friday, Aug. 26. Doors open at 7 p.m.

The Majestic Theatre, 4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit.

Tickets are $21.

Call 313-833-9700 or visit majesticdetroit.com.


Web Site: www.majesticdetroit.com

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