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Album Review

Bayside – Vacancy

Bayside - Vacancy

‘Vacancy’ doesn’t just deliver – it comes out with a bloody vengeance.

Label: Hopeless Records
Released: 19th August 2016

Rating: ★★★★

“I am the last of my kind,” belts Anthony Raneri on  ‘Enemy Lines’. As they approach the release of new album ‘Vacancy’, it’s worth noting that Bayside are indeed a rare breed. They’re ol’ faithfuls still around from the noughties, who never grew astronomically and burnt out like many around them, but keep on keeping on.

Bayside have always been good. They were honest, relatable and told one hell of a story. ‘Vacancy’ sees them push it – they’re fearless and whimsical, their lyrics laying it bare almost brutally at times. ‘Mary’ is their storytelling lilt at its finest, where ‘I’ve Been Dead All Day’ is as wild a ride as they come, optimistically singing about being dead all day, a snarling swagger, a carnivalesque backdrop popping up for a moment too. From the opening second, they command everything.

So what do you expect from a musical stalwart? You expect quality; in the case of Bayside, you also expect a hook into you from the words winding through the album. Though Raneri admits that for a while he wasn’t sure where anything was going, the road he and the band have taken has led them to this. Bayside are here in all their glory, with an added southern swagger. ‘Vacancy’ doesn’t just deliver – it comes out with a bloody vengeance. Heather McDaid