Punk rock stalwarts Bayside are back at it again, this time with their seventh album Vacancy. The New Yorkers stick to the script and the formula that’s helped establish their lengthy music career.
The record twists and turns through emotions that lead vocalist Anthony Raneri felt while writing. Vacancy is born out of Raneri’s loneliness and isolation, but it’s what makes the album unique – different from Bayside’s previous records.
Raneri opened up about the writing process in an interview with New Noise Magazine:
Writing the record was incredibly cathartic and super therapeutic. In the past, I’ve written from hindsight, pulling from past experiences. This was the first time I wrote a record about where I was at the moment.
Vacancy commences with “Two Letters,” one of the stronger tracks off the album. Filled with assertive guitar rumbles, it’s hard not to give into the musical persuasion. “I’ve Been Dead All Day” and “Enemy Lines” follow and add to the record’s memorable tracks. It’s easy to get lost in Vacancy and die-hard Bayside fans will appreciate the band’s drive to maintain the same sound. However, there’s some tracks that don’t stand up with the rest. It’s not that “It Doesn’t Make It True” isn’t a song that can play on repeat for hours, it’s that the track doesn’t strike the cord that the top half of the album does.
Overall, Vacancy is a solid record from the New Yorkers. It ranks near the top when it comes to their own personal works and the road Raneri and co. took to create the album is riveting. Some songs will go down as Bayside’s best while others will get lost in their extensive catalog. Yet, Vacancy certainly makes in mark in today’s scene.