Bayside recently announced their seventh album, Vacancy, which is due out on August 19th via Hopeless Records. “Enemy Lines” is the first taste that we get from that album which shows off the band’s familiar sound, but pushes it with a new flavor as well.
“This was the most difficult record to make, by far,” said singer/guitar player Anthony Raneri in a recent podcast interview with Shane Told’s (Silverstein) Lead Singer Syndrome podcast (episode can be heard here). “I moved to Nashville two-and-a-half years ago with my wife and baby. The plan was to go down for a couple of years, plant seeds and move back to NY. We came down and after a year of being here we split up. I was like, ‘do I live in Tennessee now? Alone?’ It was a crazy super isolated time where I didn’t know what was going to come next and moved into an apartment to try to sort things out. That’s where I wrote the record, I wrote Vacancy in that apartment. I had a couch, a TV, my bed, a desk, a computer and my guitar – everything else was in boxes, waiting for me to figure out where they were going to go. We were calling it the hotel, which is where the hotel on the cover came from; Vacancy had a double meaning, the physical and emotional experience. This is the first record I’ve written that’s had a theme to it, I didn’t want to write a typical break-up record, it’s not about what happened, it’s about the aftermath.”
Vacancy track listing:
1. Two Letters
2. I’ve Been Dead All Day
3. Enemy Lines
4. Not Fair
5. Pretty Vacant
6. Rumspringa (Heartbreak Road)
8. Maybe, Tennessee
9. The Ghost
10. It Doesn’t Make It True
11. It’s Not As Depressing As It Sounds
Pre-order the album here with a lot of cool merch options as well.