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Interview:
Bayside at the Shelter, 3 Things to Know
 

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

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Fifteen years ago Bayside released its first single, "Loveless Wrists," the beginning of a busy career for the Queens, N.Y. quartet that's included seven studio albums and a variety of other releases, along with plenty of worldwide touring.



The group's current trek finds Bayside unplugging to promote its latest project, "Acoustic Volume 2," a sequel to the 2006 EP "Acoustic." It's a kind of between-album segue, but as frontman Anthony Raneri tells us, going acoustic doesn't necessarily mean simplifying for he and his bandmates...



"Acoustic Volume 2" features 10 Bayside favorites and deep tracks, some of which the group has never played live, as well as the new song "It Don't Exist." "Much moreso than (Acoustic), we really wanted to try to reimagine these songs," Raneri, 36, explains. "We decided that, 'Nothing HAS to be on this record. Let's mess around with a bunch of our songs throughout the catalog. If something sounds cool, it's on the record, even if it's not the most popular songs.' That was one of the rules we set for ourselves."



Bayside's tour, meanwhile, is hitting small, intimate rooms through February. The group has added an auxiliary piano player and percussionist to the lineup and will be "reimagining" other songs that aren't on either "Acoustic" title. "It's not gonna be just playing our songs on acoustic guitars," he says. "For people who have seen us 30 and 40 times, it's gonna be something they've never seen before. We want (the album and tour to say, 'Look what we can do. We’re not just an aggressive punk band. We can take away the speed, take away the aggression, take away the volume and still play and sound really good."



Bayside has already started writing songs for a follow-up to 2016's "Vacancy," which the group hopes to release next year. Raneri says that, "I'm feeling like it'll be the hardest, heaviest most aggressive album we've ever made. I wouldn't call (Vacancy) our softest record, but it wasn't on the aggressive side, really. So after that and this acoustic record, I think we're looking at doing something really heavy for sure."



Bayside performs acoustically on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at the Shelter 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Doors at 7:30 p.m. $25. 313-961-8137 or saintandrewsdetroit.com.

Web Site: www.saintandrewsdetroit.com

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