Bayside Announce New Album, "Vacancy" & North American Tour With The Menzingers & Sorority Noise

Bayside are returning with their seventh album, Vacancy, on Aug. 19 via Hopeless Records. Pre-orders are available now via http://smarturl.it/BaysidePreorder.

In addition, the band has announced a North American tour, which kicks off on Aug. 11 with The Menzingers and Sorority Noise as support! “We’re as always, going to be mixing in a good amount of the new record with all the old songs that everyone loves to sing a long to,” said vocalist Anthony Raneri. Tout dates are listed below and tickets are available now via www.baysidebayside.com.

Where Bayside’s last album, Cult, dealt with singer/guitar player Anthony Raneri’s move to Nashville, his recent marriage and impending fatherhood, Vacancy tells the story of the dissolution of his marriage and finding himself alone in the city that was meant to be his new home. “The hotel on the album cover reflects the feelings I had while working on Vacancy,” explains Raneri. “Writing this album, I felt as if everything was uncertain, I could move back to New York, buy a house in Nashville… I just didn’t know what was going to come next. I felt very isolated and as if everything in my life was temporary at that moment.”
 
In the two plus years since the release of Cult, not only had Raneri moved to Nashville, but guitar player Jack O’Shea also made his way to Music City, while drummer Chris Guglielmo moved to Orange County, Calif. leaving only bass player Nick Ghanbarian in New York. For the first time in the band’s sixteen-year history, they worked on music remotely, trading demos via email. A difficult process, the geographical hurdles forced them to take a new approaching to writing and recording, with the band electing to live together during their five-week Nashville recording session. “It definitely changed the process,” said Raneri. “Ironically, even with the new constraints, we created our most complex and highly ambitious record.” 
 
Tim O’Heir (Sebadoh, Say Anything) handled production for Vacancy, a perfect match for the band whose affinity for musicals has been an influence on their often-idiosyncratic song structure. “There’s always been a tinge of show tunes in Bayside’s music,” adds Raneri. “Our music has always been whimsical, it’s never followed the verse, chorus, bridge format – we often have several key changes and odd time structures; lots of things you only really hear in musicals and where in the past we’d have a pop guy help us reel that in, Tim, who was nominated for a TONY for "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," was someone who got the weird shit we do and has an affinity for the dramatic, whimsical side of the band.”

Tour dates:
 
August 11Ft. Lauderdale, FLRevolution
August 12Orlando, FLHard Rock Live
August 13Atlanta, GAWrecking Ball Festival
August 14Charlotte, NCAmos Southend
August 16Norfolk, VANorVa
August 17Baltimore, MDRams Head
August 18Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
August 19New York, NYPlayStation Theater
August 20Sayreville, NJStarland Ballroom
August 21Boston, MAHouse of Blues
August 23Pittsburgh, PAAltar Bar
August 24Cleveland, OHAgora
August 25Toronto, ONOpera House
August 26Detroit, MIThe Majestic
August 27Chicago, ILBeer Festival
August 28Minneapolis, MNMill City Nights
August 30Denver, COOgden Theatre
August 31  Salt Lake City, UTThe Complex
September 2Seattle, WAThe Showbox
September 3Portland, ORHawthorne Theatre
September 4San FranciscoRegency
September 6Santa Ana, CAThe Observatory
September 7Los Angeles, CARegent Theater
September 8San Diego, CAThe Observatory North Park
September 9Las Vegas, NVBrooklyn Bowl
September 10Phoenix, AZThe Pressroom
September 11Albuquerque, NMThe Sunshine Theater
September 13San Antonio, TXAlamo City Music Hall
September 14Houston, TXHouse of Blues
September 15Dallas, TXGas Monkey Live
September 16Lawrence, KSGranada Theater
September 17St. Louis, MOThe Ready Room
September 18Nashville, TNExit/In