Last month, Bayside finally confirmed that they would be releasing a brand new album this summer after teasing fans for a while. On Friday (May 13), the New York-founded group premiered the first single off of the new record, “Enemy Lines.” The song will be featured on the band’s seventh studio album, Vacancy which is due out in August.” Listen to “Enemy Lines” below.
Recently, Bayside frontman, Anthony Raneri, sat down with Silverstein frontman, Shane Told, for the latter’s podcast, Lead Singer Syndrome. During the sit down, Raneri revealed the complication behind making the new album and why it was the toughest record the four-piece have made.
“I moved to Nashville two-and-a-half years ago with my wife and baby. The plan was to go down for a couple of years, plant seeds and move back to New York. We came down and after a year of being here we split up,” Raneri explained to Told.
“I was like, ‘do I live in Tennessee now? Alone?’ It was a crazy, super isolated time where I didn’t know what was going to come next and moved into an apartment to try and sort things out. That’s where I wrote the record, I wrote Vacancy in that apartment. I had a couch, a TV, my bed, a desk, a computer and my guitar—everything else was in boxes, waiting for me to figure out where they were going to go. We were calling it the hotel, which is where the hotel on the cover came from; Vacancy had a double meaning, the physical and emotional experience. This is the first record I’ve written that’s had a theme to it, I didn’t want to write a typical break-up record, it’s not about what happened, it’s about the aftermath.”
Vacancy is set to be released in Aug. 19 through Hopeless Records. Pre-orders for the album are currently available on the band’s website. In support of the new record, Bayside will hit the road this summer alongside The Menzingers and Sorority Noise. The complete itinerary for that summer excursion can be seen here.