Bayside has shared another track from their forthcoming album Acoustic Volume 2. Fans can stream the reimagined “Howard” above. Acoustic Volume 2 will be released this Friday, September 28th, 2018 via Hopeless Records, and features one brand new track, “It Don’t Exist,” in addition to ten re-imagined versions of songs from across the band’s discography. Pre-orders are now available at baysidebayside.com.
On the latest track, vocalist Anthony Raneri shares: “‘Howard’ is a prime example of one of the things we wanted to accomplish with this record. It’s a song that we’ve always loved but we never got the sense that it resonated with the audience. We took a crack at re working the song and dressing it up different. Maybe it can have a second life.”
To celebrate the release of Acoustic Volume 2, Bayside has invited fans to join them for their first ever full-band acoustic tour. With an entire set of completely reimagined songs, as well as special guest Golds, these shows promise to be an incredibly special and intimate evening. The two-part tour kicks off on November 24th in Chicago, and includes stops in Brooklyn, Atlanta, Orlando, Houston, Los Angeles, and more. Tickets and VIP packages can be purchased online at Bayside.Shofetti.com.
Bayside represent a lifestyle, a counterculture, and a deeply held conviction, diverse in thought and background but united by a shared desire for authentic expression. It’s a spirit that permeates an impressive and storied discography, including Sirens and Condolences (2004), Bayside (2005), The Walking Wounded (2007, celebrated with a 10 Year Anniversary tour in 2017), Shudder (2008), Killing Time (2011), Cult (one of Kerrang!’s Top Albums of 2014), and Vacancy (2016).
With a spirit of deconstruction and re-imagination, Bayside returns refreshed and reinvigorated with Acoustic Volume 2. A blend of instantly recognizable fan-favorites and deep cuts, Bayside’s latest release throws off convention in search of the distilled melodic essence and emotive power of their catalog. These aren’t “stripped down” versions of Bayside songs so much as they are completely new discoveries, refashioned and broadened by possibility.
Unburdened by any expectations or preconceived notions, the band made the record quietly and at their own pace, steadily mining their past to build a new vision for the future. Musicianship and artistry is paramount, with a purposeful urgency throughout.
Acoustic Volume 2 was crafted in Franklin, Tennessee with Jon Howard, a musician and producer who has worked with Paramore, Dashboard Confessional, and New Found Glory. Howard is part of a hyper local community outside of Nashville that includes members of those bands, as well as Yellowcard, Saves The Day, Grammy winning producer Nick Raskulinecz, and Raneri, among others.
It was liberating for Raneri and longtime members Jack O’Shea (lead guitar), Nick Ghanbarian (bass), and Chris Guglielmo (drums) to tear down the walls, playing the songs any way they wanted, as though they had just been written for the first time.
In every note of the vibrant Acoustic Volume 2, a record that conjures the spirit of classic performances like Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged or The Cure’s most adventurous outings, Bayside serves up a confident reminder of their firmly established place in the rock music landscape. It’s evident – from all of the lyrics tattooed on fans, the cover version and tributes that permeate YouTube, and the obsessive supporters worldwide – why Bayside continues to thrive on the strength of these very songs.
Bayside will release Acoustic Volume 2 on September 28th, 2018. It is now available for pre-order at: baysidebayside.com.