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Following up their wildly successful album Devotion and Desire released on Victory Records, Bayside are set to attract more fans to them. The Walking Wounded is twelve tracks packed with emotion and vitality. From the opening track Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Walking WoundedÃ¢â‚¬ which features Vinnie (I Am the Avalanche/The Movielife) to their single Ã¢â‚¬Å“DualityÃ¢â‚¬, Bayside offers thundering anthems that introduces newfound maturity and urgency to their sound.
Bayside is one of the bands I like to listen and actually pay attention to their lyrics. Although they might cover some of the same topics as their previous albums, the sound is what makes them new and different. One of my favorite songs from The Walking Wounded is the album titled song Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Walking WoundedÃ¢â‚¬, because it has the recognizable Bayside sound and not to mention guest vocalist done by Vinnie who was in my favorite band The Movielife. As you start to enter the album and pass Ã¢â‚¬Å“They’re Not Horses, They’re UnicornsÃ¢â‚¬ and Ã¢â‚¬Å“DualityÃ¢â‚¬ you are immediately in a crossfire between judging the next song Ã¢â‚¬Å“Carry OnÃ¢â‚¬ as a good song or an ok song. However, Ã¢â‚¬Å“I and IÃ¢â‚¬ makes up for it with the Bayside sing along sections as well as does the rest of the album. One thing I really like about Bayside is that Anthony has a voice that makes you want to get caught up in their heartfelt lyrics and emotion he’s singing about in a addition with Jacks guitar interludes. Plus, at a concert, which I have witnessed, many fans can get caught up in the moment and be at one with the songs. This release, despite its maturity, will not alienate their old fans or the ones they made by sharing bills with groups like The Sleeping, Smoking Popes, I Am The Avalanche, Halifax . If you haven’t heard of Bayside, I suggest you go and pick up a copy of every cd they have put out, you’re missing out.
1. The Walking Wounded
2. They’re Not Horses, They’re Unicorns
5. I and I
6. Choice Hops and Bottled Self Esteem
7.Head on A Plate
8. Dear Your Holiness
9.Landing Feet First
11.A Rite of Passage
The Almost will be playing the next MySpace Secret Show on Friday May 4th. Joining them will be The Starting Line and Bayside for the exclusive concert.Ã‚ Fans must add www.myspace.com/secretshows to their Myspace Top 8 and bring a print out of their profile to gain admittance.Ã‚ The show is free and open to all ages.
The next Myspace Secret Show will be on Friday, May 4th. Doors will be at 7pm.
The Stone Pony
913 Ocean Avenue
Asbury Park, NJ
Enter our new Bayside contest where you can win a rare test pressing of their new album The Walking Wounded.
As you can tell by the above information, I got to do something not many people get to do with this tour. Due a pre-arranged trip, I discovered I would have the opportunity to check out this tour a second time while at home in Seattle. So this review is from two different shows.
Venue dynamics played a huge role in my opinion of the two shows. Pomona supposedly caps at about 900 people, a large room with a decent sized stage, barrier, and about 15-20 security guards. El Corazon has a posted capacity of 807. However, since I’ve been going to shows there since I was 13, I know from experience that anything over 500 is ridiculous. This tiny room where the farthest you can be from the stage is about 60 feet, there is no barrier and crowd surfers take out the lead singer’s microphone cause there is no where else to go.
Opening band, Jonezetta, for me was the surprise on this tour. Only hearing the free EP that was released a long time ago, I didn’t really have much of an opinion of the band. Pomona was the first date with a new keyboardist, and I don’t know how much of a difference it made, but this band is absolutely phenomenal live. Dance-pop rock jams like “Backstabber” and “Get Ready” make it impossible to stand still. With three vocalists, their harmonies aren’t anything new or special but they’re executed perfectly, and that’s much more than I can say for a lot of bands today. Due yourself a favor and check out their new record out on Tooth & Nail.
Up next was sister duo Meg & Dia. My first experience with them was on the Daphne Loves Derby tour, and considering I’m listening to their album right now you can guess that I’ve been converted to a spot in their growing fanbase. I was impressed at these shows how many people in the audience were singing along. They played my favorite song, “Masterpiece” along with “Roses,” “Indiana,” and recent contribution to the Take Action compilation, “Monsters,” and quickly made their way up my charts of the best females in music. Next month they will be playing the Warped Tour kickoff party in Hollywood, for only $10!
Bayside, this band is surrounded with controversy, passion, and triumph between a van accident that killed their former drummer and the open, honest rebuttals their singer Anthony makes at any crude or unjust review of the band. Bayside, attitudes aside, are solid vocally and musically, live and recorded. When you add in their pure disregard for what people think of them, they get even better because you can know everything they do is genuine. Debuting songs off of their recently released, “Walking Wounded” as well as an acoustic song, and plenty of tracks off their last record, the band charged through their set and never really backed off. This being the first time I have ever seen Bayside live, I’m hooked. Pomona was an interesting experience. I severely underestimated their draw to this tour and after the band finished their set, more than 1/3 of the crowd left. In Seattle, while the percentage was not as great, a good amount of people did leave after Bayside. The bands fans seem like some of the most dedicated and passionate I have seen.
After being totally focused on Bayside, I had almost forgotten one of the major reasons I attended this tour. Jamie Tworkowski, founder of To Write Love On Her Arms, and author of the story, took the stage to speak a bit about the vision of the movement. His brief description was met with complete attention of both crowds, and for the first time in a long while I sensed the audience was giving true respect to a speaker. Jamie ended with the introduction of his long time friends and headliners- Anberlin.
Tooth & Nail Records’ band Anberlin have been touring heavily since the release of “Blueprints for the Black Market” in 2003. I first saw them that year with Further Seems Forever, Movielife and Autopilot Off- Anberlin is the only surviving act of that tour. Never really giving them a proper chance, I always held their music as good, but nothing special. When I received a copy of “Cities,” my perspective definitely changed. I immediately tackled the chance to catch their first ever headlining tour.
Normally, I’m not a fan of bands that over produce their live shows. Anberlin, was a definite exception. Carrying along their own lighting rig, group of techs, and many additional pieces of stage equipment, their production equaled almost that of a boy-band. Opening on a dark stage to “A Whisper & A Clamour,” Stephen Christian controlled the crowd as they followed his every move. Pushing through “Never Take Friendship Personal,” the lights danced to the hooks of the songs, growing dark right before the first chorus of “Hello Alone,” the show reached full speed from then on. Playing favorites from “Never Take Friendship Personal” and “Blueprints,” the band balanced out new tracks from “Cities” and even pulled out the acoustic track “Unwinding Cable Car.” One of the best parts of the evening was seeing how perfectly new guitarist Christian (formerly of Acceptance) fit in with the band. His background vocals and stage presence complemented Deon, Nate and Joey’s musicianship perfectly.
Anberlin has reached a level that very few bands will ever push for. As their album continues to climb the charts, the band will continue to tour relentlessly throughout the US, Canada, Japan and more with bands like Copeland, Daphne Loves Derby and also almost all of the entire Warped Tour. It’s doubtful that you’ll be without opportunity to catch their stunning live show.
Photos by Michael Schneider at Glasshouse in Pomona, CA
*my apologies to Bayside-Glasshouse somehow had about 10 too many people doing photo during the set*
I was able to sit down with Anthony (second from the left) of Bayside at their sold out show in Pomona, CA. He gave me inside look at what’s going on in Bayside and what’s to come of the Victory Records four-piece.
Please introduce yourself however you’d like.
I’m Anthony, I play in Bayside. So far…this is pretty easy.
Yes, you = Anthony, me = Michael. Now that it’s settled…
Nearly every show has sold out on this tour, how does it feel to be on the road again?
It’s incredible. This is probably one of the most fun tours we’ve ever been on.
You guys were on Conan O’Brian a couple weeks ago, what was that experience like for you?
It was a trip, it was really surreal. When it came time to actually play, we weren’t as nervous as we thought. He’s awesome, we were a lot more nervous when we got there and were setting up but when it came time to actually film we were pretty comfortable.
Walking Wounded, was released about a month ago, What’s the response been?
It’s been an amazing response. It’s really exciting as a band, and something every band goes through is trying to force their new music onto their old fans. That whole battle has been really easy, the fans have been taking to it.
Lyrically, the songs on Walking Wounded are honest and bold, in head on a plate, the lyrics read, “I’m pouring out my soul, I find the right words to express myself instead of fitting round pegs in round holes.” What fueled these words?
Something I’ve never done because I feel like it’s bad for my health is reading reviews and reading press. It gets me so angry and stresses me out, so I’ve kept away from it. Lately, I have been reading it all. It drives me insane. We’ve never really touched on it before but on “Head On A Plate” and “Popular Science” we’re starting to take jabs at the music industry and other bands we think are a joke. After a day of reading reviews and gossip online and people who think they know everything about music and shit like that I just wanted to call everyone out on that. That line, specifically, is what I feel like a lot of bands are doing.
I also read one of your blogs from this tour where you quoted different message board posts and music reviews, all being quite distasteful and shallow, what keeps you going when you read such ruthless things?
Honestly, I was feeling this thing where I got really pissed off at these people on message boards and who run websites, who have the right to criticize something they don’t do. It pissed me off that they have this platform to criticize music and bands. I decided that I’m at a point where our band is pretty big and we have a lot of fans so I have a platform, too. I’m going to start calling out all of those people. If they feel like they can criticize music then I’m going to start writing reviews about websites and magazines.
Your band’s history contains tragedy, and triumph since, do you feel like within your band you embrace the events of the past, or are they more things you’d like to keep personal and separate?
I think we definitely embrace it and we want to bring what we’ve been through into our music but not so much in an obvious way. What happened to us, happened to us. We took some time to be together and be friends and help each other through everything. Through that we became different people, we became stronger- Optimistic, more powerful people. Rather than the depression that came with it, we wanted to put that in our music.
Does any of that history have to do with your record’s title, the Walking Wounded?
Walking Wounded- a lot of people ask, and call it a morbid title. It’s not, it’s just kind of what we feel like we are. We’re wounded but we’re on our feet.
Next week you’re showcasing for your label at South By Southwest, how do you feel at a label with quite a diverse roster of artists, Victory Records?
It’s awesome. I think we are on the best label. We love all of the people that work there, we love all of the bands. It’s really a sense of community that a lot of other labels don’t have. All of the bands are friends.
What was it like doing Bayside acoustic?
It was really therapeutic. We didn’t want to bring all of the sadness into walking wounded, so that was our therapeutic record. We really enjoy playing acoustic so we do tons of in-stores. We do two every week on this whole tour.
What are your plans for after this tour?
After this tour, we’re going to Europe for a couple weeks, then Canada for a couple weeks, then we’re doing the whole Warped Tour this summer. Then we’re headlining a Victory tour in the fall.
Any last comments?
I think people really need to check out our record because we wanted to make a record, and I think we succeeded in this, for the casual music listener. Something to put on in the background, while you’re driving and something that’s catchy but we also wanted it to be something under that. We wanted to make something that if you want to read deeper, it’s there.
Well, thank you so much.
I will be interviewing Anberlin and Bayside this Saturday (separately), please post a reply with your questions!
Watch Bayside‘s performance on Conan below.
Bayside will be the musical guest on Late Night with Conan O’Brien tonight.