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Bayside - ‘Vacancy’

Rob Sayce
Rob Sayce 18 August 2016 at 11.34

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They've never been better.

Consistency has long been Bayside’s calling card, so it’s surprising – and important – that they’ve found new hands to play on ‘Vacancy’.

Splicing their jaded, journeyman melodic punk with weird and eerie dramatic touches, from the baroque flair of ‘Not Fair’ to the jaunty carnival pianos of ‘I’ve Been Dead All Day’, they’ve broken the monotony of their last few releases.

Anthony Raneri’s world-weary vocals remain at the fore, but the Springsteen-ish ‘Mary’ and swaggering, woozy ‘Enemy Lines’ put a compelling spin on his old touchstones. Wade through the filler, and the New York stalwarts haven’t sounded this fun in ages.

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