Theatrical, complex, vengeful, and emotional. These are words that describe Vacancy, Bayside’s new album out August 19th through Hopeless Records. Vacancy was written by Anthony Raneri while he was living in a motel in Nashville shortly after his split with his wife. While Anthony claims it isn’t a break up record, the album digs deep into the transitional period that left him unsure about where home was.
“If you try your best you can get used to anything / I’m running out of air but I blame myself for diving in / I can’t believe this is my life, I’m pretty vacant all the time / And I’ve got no home, I can’t believe this is my life” Anthony Raneri confesses in the record’s first single “Pretty Vacant”.
Vacancy combines the band’s pop-punk trademark sound with producer Tim O’Heir’s background in musicals to create a vulnerable record with moving guitar solos that could have sprung from 80s metal. Throughout its eleven tracks, Anthony is stuck in the role of the fractured underdog just searching for his way home. It’s perhaps Bayside’s most honest material to date.
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