Bayside - Killing Time

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Punk, Rock
Wind-up Records
Bayside
Killing Time
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If there is one band in the scene that needs no introduction (well, aside from Brand New), it would be Bayside. Everyone knows the background: band makes an album. Tragic accident strikes band (R.I.P. Beatz). Band soldiers on in memory of lost band mate/friend. A band such as Bayside deserves some level of success. After dealing with the loss of John Holohan and the whole Victory Records fiasco, Bayside, now a member of Wind-Up Records, seem poised to…well, at least shake-up the scene with the release of Killing Time.

Killing Time isn’t just an “emo” album; it is a legitimate rock album. Not in the sense of mainstream “rock,” but a real rock album. Anthony Raneri belts out the lyrics better than ever, blending his vocals seamlessly with the harmonies provided by the rest of the band (“It’s Not a Bad Little War”). “The Wrong Way” showcases the guitar work of Jack Shea, who absolutely shreds with the most face-melting solo ever found on a Bayside record.

Lyrically, Raneri is back to revealing his demons, with lines such as “You’re the type of girl / who puts on cyanide perfume. / Then asks for kisses on the neck / from every boy in the room,” (“The Wrong Way”) and “You’ve made a mess of things. / My, what a mess you’ve made. / I hate the way you make me feel, / I hate the way you make me…” (“Sick, Sick, Sick”). While some of the lyrics aren’t gems, they help convey the emotion that Raneri is putting in to his work. The only real knock on the album is “On Love, On Life,” which slows the momentum of the album and kills all the energy built to that point. “On Love, On Life” would be more fitting as the album closer instead of found towards the end.

Following up what some may call a disappointment in 2008’s Shudder, Bayside return to a form not seen since 2005’s self-titled effort. Sure, there are a few radio-friendly tracks (“Mona Lisa”), but don’t let them deter you: this is the Bayside album you’ve been waiting for. From the opening drum blasts of “Already Gone” to the closing seconds of the title track, Killing Time is a high energy ride sure to please every member of the cult known as Bayside.

1. Already Gone
2. Sick, Sick, Sick
3. Mona Lisa
4. It's Not a Bad Little War
5. Sinking and Swimming On Long Island
6. Seeing Sound
7. The Wrong Way
8. On Love, On Life
9. The New Flesh
10. Killing Time

Formed in October of 2000, Bayside consisted of four musicians looking for a chance to play music the rest of their lives. They recorded a demo and the band began playing shows around Long Island, NY. They quickly caught the eye of Brooklyn, New York's Dying Wish Records, who released their first EP, "Long Stories Short", featuring the songs "Foot Impressions", "Days Of My Life", "Red Head VS. The Pretty Red Bracelet", "Downtime", "Ask For It", and "Advance Letter Goodbye".

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