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|2. Poison In My Veins|
|3. Phone Call From Poland|
|4. Talking Of Michelangelo|
|5. Alcohol And Altar Boys|
|6. A Synonym For Acquiesce|
|7. How To Fix Everything|
|9. If You're Bored|
|10. Just Enough To Love You|
Bayside formed in Long Island, NY during the winter of 2000, after the requisite line-up changes of a young band were settled, they moved rapidly, establishing a fan base on the East Coast and touring North America. While still a very young band, Bayside began to catch the attention of various tastemakers, appearing on "From Brooklyn With Love," a compilation benefiting the victims of September 11th along with Taking Back Sunday, Brand New and The Reunion Show. Bayside recorded for the Dying Wish label in 2003 - the word was spreading, as the EP sold over 4,000 copies with no formal distribution and the band received in excess of 30,000 hits at mp3.com. Soon they were invited to contribute a song to "Bad Scene, Everybody's Fault,".
The exposure and great press from magazines like Alternative Press and Skratch brought Bayside to the attention of Victory Records, who signed the band in the fall of 2003 and encouraged them to record as soon as possible. J. Robbins was chosen to produce; the combination of his work in seminal, proto-emo band Jawbox and his production track record with bands like Hey Mercedes, The Promise Ring and Jets to Brazil was too much for the band to resist. "J. understood our vision, and with his experience on both sides of the board, he helped us expand on it. Music is very meaningful to us, he helped us perform on the edge emotionally, without losing our accessibility and pop sensibilities," said Anthony.
When asked about the darkness and melancholy expressed on "Sirens and Condolences," singer/guitarist Anthony remarked, "We are sort of morbid, masochistic people. We aren't just writing for shock value." Songwriter/bassist Andrew is an amazingly prolific songwriter, with notebooks filled with lyrics. He explained, "A lot of these songs are written about stuff that happened years ago, I want to acknowledge it without necessarily moving past it completely. I used to lash out at others until I realized I was mad at myself - on these songs, I feel that I am recognizing the old pattern and trying to change it." Anthony handles the musical chores, writing the melodies on acoustic guitar and arranging new songs on his four track for the band to hear. Jack adds his signature guitar solos and leads to fill out the songs after Anthony completes their structure, while Jim's driving rhythmic foundation provides the backdrop for Bayside's dynamic arrangements. The unique phrasing on "Sirens and Condolences" is Anthony's work; he adapts Andrew's lyrics syllabically to his melodies. "The most important thing in a song is melody, specifically vocal melodies. I try to make the words fit what I already have in my head. I want to create phrasing that is a little different from the norm, but still showcases the melody."
This is the album that started it all, and unfortunately, I didn't have to complete my collection til now! Read morePublished 5 months ago by Robert A Martinez
While not my favorite Bayside record by any means, as they have progressed musically throughout the years, any die-hard Bayside fan should have this record! Solid tunes all around. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Wes
Absolutly amazing. Thats the only way to describe it. If you love this album their self titled is even better. Cult<3Published on March 25, 2011 by Sarahhh
BEWARE NEW BAYSIDE LISTENERS, this is NOT like any of their new material, although "oldies is goodies". Read morePublished on June 4, 2008 by R. Garcia
First of all I'll clear up the confusion about the resemblance of this band with Alkaline Trio, the guy's voice sounds very similar but the music is nothing like it. Read morePublished on June 26, 2006 by MPD 360
THIS IS SUCH A GREAT CD BUY IT
LISTEN TWICE AND U ARE HOOKED I PROMISE OR I'LL GIVE YOUR MONEY BACK THATS HOW SURE I AM OF THIS N=BAND AND THERE SOUND... Read more
Im gonna have to agree with the reviewer who compared Bayside to alkaline trio... and disagree with the one who said they didnt. Read morePublished on December 28, 2005 by A. Kushnier
i really really enjoy this album. As far as favorite tracks, most people list my favorites, but I would have to add track 9, "If You're Bored" as a favorite. Read morePublished on November 20, 2005 by M. Tomczak