Into It. Over It. - “No Good Before Noon”
Anthony Raneri found himself in familiar territory last Saturday at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. The New York-born singer/songwriter is constantly on the road with Bayside, but his January has consisted of the 4th annual “Where’s the Band?” acoustic tour, alongside like minded-frontmen Ace Enders, Evan Weiss, Matt Pryor, and Chris Conley. Armed with his musical comrades and his debut solo release New Cathedrals, the beloved crooner is getting ready for an intimate evening of inspiring sing-alongs for his music old and new.
Popping in and out of their small backstage dressing rooms, Raneri and his tour brethren, all close to or in their thirties, enjoyed each others company with the exuberance of new college roomates. With a cigarette in hand and a big smile, Raneri sat down with me to talk about New Cathedrals, as well as what it’s like to be on a musical road trip with some of your best friends.
How’s it feel to be back in New York?
I don’t even feel like I’m in New York, ‘cause I’ve just been working. I haven’t seen my house or my girlfriend or anything like that (laughs). So i could be anywhere.
Let’s talk about New Cathedrals a bit. What inspired the title?
To me, it was kind of building a new home. Bayside has been a thing for my entire life, and with this being my first solo release ever, it has that feeling of something new.
I really like the old-school cover art. What gave you that idea?
I was up real late one night flipping through album art and saw a bunch of 50s and jazz covers, and just thought it would be awesome to have something similar for the EP.
What kind of timeline were the songs written across?
It’s actually across the span of seven years…Ayo Ace!
(Raneri shouts to Ace Enders and pops in his dressing room for a minute before returning)
Sorry, we’re working on on our encore. We’ve been working on it so long today and we don’t know it at all. We just heard the song for the first time today, it should be good though (laughs).
Obviously New Cathedrals is a way to release music that wouldn’t make sense for Bayside. Any songs that are particularly far off the map?
All of them, really. Actually, “Lead, Follow, Fall” was written to be a Bayside song. While we were writing Killing Time, I wrote that. And when it came time to cut songs, that one ended up not making it. But other than that, they’re all songs that never were meant to be Bayside.
How’d you go about getting the guest performers on the record? (Steve Choi from RX Bandits, Davey Warsop from Beat Union, and Jarrod Alexander from My Chemical Romance)
They’re just a couple friends of mine. I produced the record, released it myself, and just wanted to have them perform on it. They’re friends first, but also musicians that i think are just out of this world. I wanted to just get in a room to see what would come out. I’ve been playing music with the same people for 12 years, so it was nice to do something different.
What’s your favorite song on New Cathedrals to sing?
“Sandra Partial.” I really love it, just the way it flows.
You put the EP out under the name Gumshoe Records. Any plans to put out other releases under the label?
I never thought about it at all. The whole gumshoe thing came about because I had to set up a corporate bank account to take in the money from iTunes, and I needed a name. Gumshoe Radio is the show I do, so I decided to make it Gumshoe Enterprises, and everything from now one will be “Gumshoe something or other.” That’s the only reason there’s a name at all on it. That label side is not something that intrigues me at all. I don’t think I can get excited about being a record label for someone else.
Moving on to this tour, what songs do you hear requests for the most?
For the most part, I play the ones people wanna hear. Anything that’s been done acoustic. “Don’t Call Me Peanut,” “On Love, On Life.” People call out “Devotion and Desire” and I just wont play it because it doesn’t sound good acoustic (laughs). People call out for “Montauk” all the time, but it wouldn’t sound cool acoustic or with one guitar.
How long as the Where’s the Band? tour been going on?
Four years. I’ve been on all of ‘em.
What keeps you coming back?
It’s so much fun. We do it the end of every year, and it’s something we look forward to all year long. Its a just a big road trip, we’re buddies.
Yea, I definitely got a college-dorm type vibe from being back here.
Yea it’s awesome, like someones paying us to do this (laughs). We’re playing music all the time, just backstage jamming even when we’re not on stage.
Moving on to Bayside. It’s been a year since Killing Time hit stores, how do you feel people have responded to it?
I’m really happy about it. It’s hard when you’ve been a band as long as us to get people to do stuff. A lot of people turn off to their favorite bands when they put out newer albums, but people seem to be really enjoying Killing Time.
What’s the rest of 2012 look like for you and Bayside?
Bayside and me solo are gonna be on Warped Tour all summer. Two sets a day. And then were doing Bamboozle. Then in the fall, we’re gonna start writing another Bayside album.
Another busy year.
Always man. Every year is a busy year.
A huge thank you to Anthony and his crew for allowing this interview to happen. Pick up New Cathedrals on iTunes, you won’t regret it.
Bayside frontman Anthony Raneri has released his solo track “Please Don’t Leave” on AbsolutePunk. The track is simple, instantly singable, and contains just enough traces of Bayside for any fans of Raneri’s songwriting to enjoy. His debut solo EP, New Cathedrals, drops tomorrow on iTunes. Will you be picking it up?
This year’s Glamour Kills tour is shaping up to be an underclassmen version of last year’s “Pop-Punk’s Not Dead” tour, as The Wonder Years revealed they’ll be taking out Polar Bear Club, Transit, The Story So Far, A Loss for Words (3/29-4/20), and Into It. Over It (3/9-3/28). Dates are below. Will you be coming out?
3/9 Chameleon Club - Lancaster, PA
3/10 The Gramercy Theatre - New York, NY
3/12 Middle East Downstairs - Cambridge, MA
3/13 Ritual - Ottawa, ON
3/14 Annex Wreckroom - Toronto, ON
3/15 Magic Stick - Detroit, MI
3/16 Peabody’s Down Under - Cleveland, OH
3/17 The Bottom Lounge - Chicago, IL
3/18 Triple Rock Social Club - Minneapolis, MN
3/20 The Marquis Theatre - Denver, CO
3/21 Club Sound - Salt Lake City, UT
3/23 The Venue - Boise, ID
3/24 El Corazon - Seattle, WA
3/25 Hawthorne Theatre - Portland, OR
3/27 Slim’s - San Francisco, CA
3/28 The Troubadour - West Hollywood, CA
3/29 The Glass House - Pomona, CA
3/30 Soma Sidestage - San Diego, CA
4/1 Nile Theatre - Mesa, AZ
4/3 Trees - Dallas TX
4/4 White Rabbit - San Antonio, TX
4/5 Antones - Austin, TX
4/6 The Studio @ Warehouse Live - Houston, TX
4/7 Downtown Music - Little Rock, AR
4/8 Rockettown - Nashville, TN
4/10 The Orpheum - Tampa, FL
4/11 Rocketown - Pompano Beach, FL
4/12 The Social - Orlando, FL
4/13 The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
4/14 New Brookland Tavern - Columbia, SC
4/15 The Soapbox Laundrolounge - Wilmington, NC
4/16 The Canal Club - Richmond, VA
4/17 The Ottobar - Baltimore, MD
4/18 Madison Theatre - Covington, KY
4/20 Theatre of Living Arts - Philadelphia, PA
Hit the Lights are premiering “Invincible,” the intro track to their upcoming full-length Invicta, exclusively on Red Bull’s site. The track continues in the bolder, more mature direction teased in November’s 3 song Invicta EP, and I personally can’t wait to hear how the rest of the record pans out. Invicta drops January 31st, who’s pumped?
The Receiving End of Sirens now have a facebook page (I guess it just took a breakup, right?) and have been posting several vague messages, such as “good things fall apart, so that better things can fall together.” This cryptic, viral type of self-promotion seems to have too much hype around it to be a simple reunion show, which the band have done many times before. What could be coming from camp TREOS?
2012 is only 6 days in and Punchline has released what are sure to be some of the best pop-punk jams of the year. If you’ve been following the band on any social networks as of late, you’d know all about the wild story that’s brought them to the release of their latest EP, So Nice To Meet You. Tuesday’s release of the EP coincided nicely with the band’s appearance on new Fox show Mobbed, which found frontman Steve Soboslai finally courting the girl of his dreams. All of this momentum led to the EP hitting number #1 on the iTunes rock charts earlier this week, which is a huge feat for an independent band that’s been on all sides of the industry throughout their 10+ year career.
Long story short, Punchline crafted five really, really good pop anthems and are more than deserving of your five bucks (you would have spent it on bad pizza, anyway.) Buy the record here and let me know what you think!
I say this every January, but it’s been one hell of a year for music. Pop-punk diehards got multiple comeback albums from their favorite bands, while the younger acts carrying the genre’s torch came through with their best efforts yet. Some bands evolved profoundly (Thrice, Four Year Strong), while other simply delivered exactly what we want from them (Bayside, Man Overboard). Without further adieu, here are my top 15 records of 2011, along with some other really neat things I got to experience this year.
15. A Loss for Words - No Sanctuary
14. Patrick Stump - Soul Punk
13. Bayside - Killing Time
12. Man Overboard - Self-Titled
11. Transit - Listen & Forgive
10. The Dear Hunter - The Color Spectrum
9. Balance and Composure - Separation
8. The Swellers - Good For Me
7. Saves the Day - Daybreak
6. Thrice - Major/Minor
5. Polar Bear Club - Clash. Battle. Guilt. Pride.
4. Moving Mountains - Waves
3. Defeater - Empty Days, Sleepless Nights
2. The Wonder Years - Suburbia, I’ve Given You All, And Now I’m Nothing
1. The Dangerous Summer - War Paint
The Dangerous Summer’s 2009 breakthrough Reach for the Sun hit me hard on both a lyrical and aesthetic level. Their simple, sunny, and refreshingly raw pop songs about real life hooked me in a way that few bands in the genre do anymore. Come 2011, TDS grew up right alongside me (the dudes are my age, so, it kinda makes sense) and delivered an even catchier, more emotional effort with War Paint. The Dangerous Summer have been a part of their share of drama this year, but regardless of any inner turmoil, they make some damn good songs that anyone can feel like they’re a part of.
Honorable Mentions: Taking Back Sunday - Self Titled, Blink-182 - Neighborhoods, Yellowcard - When You’re Through Thinking, Say Yes, Four Year Strong - In Some Way, Shape or Form, Patrick Stump - Soul Punk, Childish Gambino - Camp.
Letdown of the Year: Set Your Goals - Burning at Both Ends
It was pretty disappointing to hear Set Your Goals deliver such a polished, safe pop-punk record that lacked any of the bare intensity that made 2009’s This Will Be the Death of Us so special. Burning at Both Ends is a catchy, singable record, but Set Your Goals made a name for themselves on speedy, lyrically meaningful anthems; not glossy hooks.
EPs of the Year: Shining Through - White Flag and Cartel - In Stereo. Really looking forward to new full lengths from these guys.
Concert of the Year: The Early November’s Reunion Show at Starland Ballroom. Nothing like seeing one of your favorite bands play a flawless setlist and announce a new album. Constant chills.
Most Anticipated of 2012: Say Anything, Motion City Soundtrack, Foxy Shazam.
TV show of the Year: The Walking Dead. A somewhat slow start compared to the mega-intense Season 1, but the mid-season finale left my jaw on the floor, and it won’t be picked up till things start up again in February.
Movie of the Year: X-Men: First Class. Comic purists can nitpick at the film’s tinkering with the actual X-men universe, but First Class shines for being an explosive, creative, character-driven action film that comic nerds and casual fans can enjoy equally.
Game of the Year: Marvel vs. Capcom 3. As a huge fighting game nerd, there’s no other game I lost more hours of my life to than MvC3. It’s massive roster of Marvel heroes and Capcom icons had me tinkering with new teams for months, trying to come up with the perfect strategies to kick my friends’ asses. I’m still trying.
Thanks for reading guys! Feel free to leave some of your favorite parts of 2011 in the comments below. Have an amazing 2012, it might be our last year on Earth!