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  • Audio CD (January 27, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Victory Records
  • ASIN: B00018U8P8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,138 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Masterpiece
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
8. Kellum
9. If You're Bored
10. Just Enough To Love You
11. Guardrail

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About the Artist

When Bayside sings of devastation and betrayal in songs like "How To Fix Everything" and "Guardrail" the emphasis is always placed equally on all parties involved. Honest self-examination, no matter how painful, brings a hope of redemption to these intimate, dark narratives of brooding and despair. "I'm ready to take that big step, start tearing off the layers I put up, or is it too late to be anything but what I am" from "How To Fix Everything" is a telling lyric, as it illustrates the loathing of a broken, insular heart suddenly turning inward, and finding that the blame lies inside. "Masterpiece" begs a friend to "Just accept yourself...find something that brings you closer to complete." Though their experiences in life have tested them, Bayside has found a way to complete themselves through the writing of meaningful lyrics and beautiful melodies, accompanied by touring and the love of music.

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."

Customer Reviews

It's not Finding Westerly, but worth a listen.
"an_emo_kid"
'Alcohol And Alter Boys' - A very good song with even more really good lyrics and yet another catchy chorus.
lipgloss_and_letdown
Very low key singing, melodic guitar rifts and nice drums.
R. Garcia

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ironclad_lou on January 9, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I call them as I hear them, and I have to say these guys have a great sound... though their lyrics get a little tiresom.

Bayside is definately one of the best gutiar rock acts I have heard in the past few years. Musically, they pack a mean punch with a lot of raw energy. The first five songs launch this album with superb energy and attitude. 'Masterpiece' has got some great drive to it, though my favorite is still 'Alchol and Alterboys'.

However, around track six they become clinically depressed and finish the album off with a straight shot of songs about death and disfiguration. Usually lyrics like this don't phase me, but getting six in a row is just tedious and I get sick of listening... which is really a shame since they are still GREAT sounding songs. Bayside's guitar never relents!

So, rock-wise all the tracks sound awesome. I highly recommend for that aspect alone. I just wish they would get over this "It's cool to be a depressed artist, so listen to my woes" thing.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Beard on April 25, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I heard Bayside through a Victory sampler, the song being "Masterpiece", and fell in love with it, lyrically, musically, vocally, so I decided to pick up Sirens and Condolences. This cd hasn't left my CD player yet. It is truly great music. Gets better with every listen.

This guys voice is truly original and a pleasure to listen to. To top that off his lyrics are top of the line. I find the lyrics highly reminiscent of those of Alkaline Trio, except they are a little less dark and sinister. With Alkaline Trio being one of my favorite bands, Bayside was sure to please.

I could go on about this album and you could read a bunch of pointless nonsense, or i could just sum it up into, if you like original voices, deep/meaningful/excellent lyrics, good music, you need to check out Bayside's "Sirens and Condolences. It is a very very good piece of work.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Hahn on February 6, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I got a cd with 5 songs from artists from victory records on it and masterpeice was on it. at first i didnt like it but i was soon singing along and i had to get the cd- i wasnt let down. Their lyrics are really cool (take this razor and sign your name in my wrist so everyone can know who made me like this, Its not too cool to be throwing up, the sharper the edge the cleaner the wound, so ill be keeping it dull tonight because i deserve to hurt) and the singers voice anthony is somewhat distorted and it makes it sound cool instead of those catchy but often annoying singers. and finally some decent riffs that arent two notes over and over again. I also liked that all their songs had the same feel but with different beat like acuiesce was poppy, just enoguh to love you had a latin guitar, and alchohal was very hard. Thank you bayside for making a great album and thank you Taking Back Sunday for giving me a carppy let down, but giving me bayside.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dougy J on January 2, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I bought this CD after hearing "Masterpiece" on the Victory sampler, just like the rest of the world. All though the band doesn't seem to bring much to the table, I find myself listening to this CD all the time. While "Masterpiece" is a great song, tracks 6, 7, and 9, I think are the best on the album. Also there is no screaming like the rest of the Victory bands, so its smoother listening for the more melodic fans. It also is a more rock sound, not a whiney emo sound like the rest of the bands out there. A definite buy, unlike Hawthorne from the sampler.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By matt tyler on January 28, 2004
Format: Audio CD
i really enjoy bayside. i first heard of them from the Jawbreaker tribute album they were on, and then i decided i had to buy their CD when it came out. and i wasnt dissapointed. ive heard a lot of comparisons to the cure and the smiths with them, but i dont see it. they definitely have a darker side like those bands, but id say their sound is more like alkaline trio, but they have 2 guitars which allows for some interesting lead parts. i reccommend for fans of alk3, somehow hollow, bear vs shark, lawrence arms, thursday.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By lipgloss_and_letdown on June 26, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Having heard them a long time before this cd came out, i wasnt really into them. But with this is record, i totally like them now. The vocals are as unquie as you can get without sounding bad. Bayside are very talented band, musically and lyrically.
My favorite and stand out tracks are:
1. 'Masterpiece' - A great opening to the record. I really love the singing pattern in the verse. Good lyrics, which deals about getting over a failed love.
2. 'Poison In My Veins' - Everybody has pretty much heard this, being the first 'single' from this cd. It has catchiest chorus ever. Amazingly good lyrics, my favorite being "The poison on in my veins got me through your kiss".
4. 'Talking Of Michelangelo' - I absolulty love this song's chorus. When ever i listen to it, for some reason, the chorus vocals reminds me of Frank Sinatra. Weird. I know.
5. 'Alcohol And Alter Boys' - A very good song with even more really good lyrics and yet another catchy chorus.
6. 'A Synonym For Acquiesce' - A solid song with another catchy chorus leaving you singing "Take this razor, sign your name across my wrists, so everyone will know who left me like this".
9. 'If You're Bored' - The verse on this song is so good, and with a chorus just as good.
11. 'Guardrail' - What a brillant closer. So different from all the other songs on the cd yet just as amazing.
Overall, a very good debut by Bayside. Each song more medlodic and catchy their then next, and each track very unique in its own way. They have improved a lot of the years, and defiently one of the hidden gems on Victory Records. Watch out for these guys.
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