The band will also hit the road this fall alongside The Menzingers.

When New York punk act Bayside released Cult in February 2014, frontman Anthony Raneri was in a good place, having recently relocated to Nashville with his new wife to raise a child. Flash forward a couple years, and with that marriage now over, Raneri’s life is notably different. He’s chronicled this latest phase of his life and all the accompanying mounds of emotion on Bayside’s seventh album, Vacancy, due out August 19th via Hopeless Records.

“The hotel on the album cover reflects the feelings I had while working on Vacancy“, Raneri explained via a press release. “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”.

Because Raneri and guitarist Jack O’Shea were in Nashville, and the rest of the band was split between NYC and California, the bulk of the album was written remotely, with demos shared via email and recording taking place over a single five-week session at a Nashville studio. “It definitely changed the process”, added Raneri. “Ironically, even with the new constraints, we created our most complex and highly ambitious record”.

Ambitious only begins to describe it. The LP was produced by Tim O’Heir, whose not only worked with Sebadoh and Say Anything but was also nominated for a Tony Award for Best Sound Design for a production of ‘Hedwig and The Angry Inch’. It was that experience with showtunes that proved most appealing to Raneri and Co.

“There’s always been a tinge of show tunes in Bayside’s music”, he said. “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 was someone who got the weird shit we do and has an affinity for the dramatic, whimsical side of the band”.

Pre-orders for the album are available here. Below, check out the album art, followed by the band’s fall US tour schedule alongside The Menzingers and Sorority Noise.

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Bayside 2016 Tour Dates:
11/08 – Ft. Lauderdale, Revolution
12/08 – Orlando, Hard Rock Live
13/08 – Atlanta, Wrecking Ball Festival
14/08 – Charlotte, Amos Southend
16/08 – Norfolk, NorVa
17/08 – Baltimore, Rams Head
18/08 – Philadelphia, Electric Factory
19/08 – New York, PlayStation Theater
20/08 – Sayreville, Starland Ballroom
21/08 – Boston, House of Blues
23/08 – Pittsburgh, Altar Bar
24/08 – Cleveland, Agora
25/08 – Toronto, Opera House
26/08 – Detroit, The Majestic
27/08 – Chicago, Beer Fest
28/08 – Minneapolis, Mill City Nights
30/08 – Denver, Ogden Theatre
31/08 – Salt Lake City, The Complex
02/09 – Seattle, The Showbox
03/09 – Portland, Hawthorne Theatre
04/09 – San Francisco, Regency
06/09 – Santa Ana, The Observatory
07/09 – Los Angeles, Regent Theeatre
08/09 – San Diego, The Observatory North Park
09/09 – Las Vegas, Brooklyn Bowl
10/09 – Phoenix, The Pressroom
11/09 – Albuquerque, The Sunshine Theater
13/09 – San Antonio, Alamo City Music Hall
14/09 – Houston, House of Blues
15/09 – Dallas, Gas Monkey Live
16/09 – Lawrence, Granada Theater
17/09 – St. Louis, The Ready Room
18/09 – Nashville, Exit/Ins

By Chris Coplan

Over the last seven years, Chris has held a number of titles in music journalism, including news writer, reviewer, and columnist. He lives in Chicago, a mere stone's throw from Lake Michigan, and owns a dog he didn't want to name Blade.