Looks like Bayside were just being a bunch of trolls.
Happy April Fools Day.
Fans of Bayside were informed of some bad news, but it has nothing to do with the band but rather their longtime logo.
Yesterday, the band who are currently on their “American Cult” Tour, released a video statement to fans in which they revealed that a Mexican telecommunications company had trademarked the logo as their own before the band could do so. According to reports, this isn’t the first time that the band have had to deal with the Mexican company on the same issue.
About four years and a half ago (2009), frontman Anthony Raneri had posted about the company using the bird as their logo. The post can be seen here.
this stupid company used our logo. I don’t know if it’s calling cards or pre paid cell phone cards or what. I’m sure they just came across our logo in a google image search for birds or something and used it. We’re trying to find the company because they are in Mexico or maybe South America somewhere but we’re on it. We just gotta ask them to stop. that’s all
At first, it was believed to just be some early April’s Fool Joke, but while the jury will still be out until April 2nd, it looks like the legal action might be real. Though this seems to be a bump in the road, it sounds as if the band have already known this was coming because Raneri does comfort fans by saying that they had been working on a new design anyways.
If you are one of the many who are wondering why they didn’t trademark the logo earlier since it had been theirs for over a decade you are not alone. Until then, we will just have to wait and see what happens.
Watch Bayside’s full statement below and tell us if you think it’s a well thought out joke or if it’s in fact, real.