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Bayside - Killing Time
The downside of the human condition has never been so catchy.
Release Date: February 22, 2010
I have been absent, I know. Please refer to this article until I can bust out a follow-up. I have several drafts floating around behind your screen, but it took Bayside’s Killing Time to propel me right on through to a finished post, because if you like rock music, the Smoking Popes, and catchy melodies, I really think you need to give this album a listen.
I’ve been following Bayside since they showed up on a Victory sampler bundled with Taking Back Sunday. They are the working man’s sad bastard music band; they have released an album almost every two years and they support that effort touring the shenanigans out of the area. I get good music and I get to see them live; it’s about as close to a consistent media experience as I get right now.
I thought I outgrew Bayside when they released Shudder. How much woe can a late 20s, single male, with a white collar job really need?
Really, the question is, how can I ignore these tales of disappointment, loss, relationships, and doubt when they’re wrapped up in fist-pumping rock numbers like “Already Gone” and “Sick, Sick, Sick?” How did I think I didn’t need this album as I wave my hands around in the car to the see-sawing “Mona Lisa” and crank up the volume as Anthony Raneri belts “Mona Lisa, you’ve really done something, done a number on all of my organs.”
(Also, they love that “oomp-pah” circus sound. They brought it back from “The Walking Wounded;” it’s strangely endearing.)
The influence of the Smoking Popes continues on this album, but while Bayside nods towards Chicago with some melodies, they remain rooted in the harder rock of their Long Island/NYC home – particularly in songs like “The New Flesh” and the final, title track, “Killing Time.” It might be the strongest closing track they have ever put on an album. Tuned down to “C” (that’s mighty low for a guitar) with Chris Guglielmo’s giant 26x24 inch bass drum wailing away, this closing track drops the curtain on another solid effort.
The downside of the human condition has never been so catchy with Bayside penning their point of view. They continue to grow and refine their sound, but never stray far from what works for them. Also, I am convinced there are people living in that giant bass drum, and you will be able to find me at Bayside’s next Boston show, confirming my suspicions.
This is the soundtrack to: “No, no February. I have had it with your snow and your cold. I will make myself sad AND feel good about it! I know it doesn’t make any sense. I don’t care. I’m already having an imaginary conversation with a month. Eat it.”
Bonus Round: I pre-ordered the album off of iTunes and received some extra tracks. “Don’t Come Easy” was one of them and has a good 90s vibe. I like the track, but it plays right after “Killing Time” in iTunes, so it’s cause a bit of a whiplash, sonically speaking.
“Monster” was another pre-order bonus and serves as a “second ending” to the album for me when I’m listening at home. It rails something lovely, and the drums have this hiccup to the beat that I’m really digging.
This concludes the bonus round, thanks for playing and check out an interview here with Bayside’s Anthony Raneri over at Alternative Press.