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Interview:
Bayside at Saint Andrews Hall, 3 Things To Know
 

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

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Ten years isn't a lot of time for an album, but Bayside's third release, "The Walking Wounded," means a great deal to the Long Island punk rock group.

The 2007 set gave the quartet its highest Billboard 200 chart position to date and launched the enduring hits "Duality" and "Carry On." A decade and four more albums later, it's still considered a shining moment, which is why Bayside is currently on the road playing the set in its entirety...

Frontman Anthony Raneri acknowledges that Bayside has "spent most of our career avoiding nostalgia," but it made an exception for "The Walking Wounded. “That was sort of a breakout record for us, career-wise," Raneri, 35, explains by phone from Baltimore. "But that's not reason enough for us to celebrate. We're celebrating just a moment in our career. We really stretched out a lot with what we were doing and what we wanted to try. That was the first record we were playing around with key changes, time signature changes, making the songs more complex. It was just kind of experimenting and messing around, but it was a really important time for us."

"The Walking Wounded" was also recorded in the wake of a 2005 van accident in Wyoming that killed drummer John Holohan and seriously injured bassist Nick Ghanbarian, which made the album even more resonant for Bayside. "That was one of the pivotal moments of my life, when we said we were going to continue on," Raneri recalls. "It was one of the most important decisions I've ever made as far as shaping the rest of my life. At that moment we had to continue playing shows. We had to continue the tour, and we had to do a tour after that. When Chris (Guglielmo, Holahan's replacement) joined the band, everything felt right. We started writing new songs and we said, 'OK, we're gonna do this...'"

Bayside's most recent album, "Vacancy," came out last year, and Raneri says it's not yet time to start thinking about a follow-up. "We haven't talked about it yet," he says. "We've had our hands in ('Vacancy'_ and had to learn all these 'Walking Wounded' songs we didn't know how to play, so after this, when we come up for air, we'll talk about what to do next. But I wrote all the time, and we've been in the studio kind of messing around with a few ideas. I'm not sure any of it will see the light of day or not, but it's good to stay creative. It's too easy to get into these routines, so we try not to and get into the studio and keep creative and see what comes out."



Bayside and Potty Mouth

Thursday, Sept. 14. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit.

Tickets are $22.

Call 313-833-6358 or visit saintandrewsdetroit.com.





Web Site: www.saintandrewsdetroit.com

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