Bayside aren’t exactly shy when it comes to calling people out. We got to witness that first hand/ front row during Warped Tour last year when a large chunk of their audience decided it would be a lot more fun to crowdsurf and distract everyone, including the band members, rather than watch the show. (The eye rolls and frustrated looks were amazing.)
In honor of the band’s 15th birthday, they will be re-issuing 2014’s Cult with a new song titled “Dancing Like an Idiot” which they have now released for fans to stream and it’s not exactly a sweet as candy song; it’s scathing.
According to Bayside frontman Anthony Raneri, the song is a dig at all those artists that try to scam their fans just because they can. He makes reference to those who write “large curses on t-shirts and sell[ing] it to a kid cause they know the kid is stupid enough to buy it.”
“You’re telling them it’s cool to buy a t-shirt to piss their parents off. There’s nothing cool about that—that’s mall rebellion,” Raneri explained to Billboard.
“That’s not real rebellion. I grew up liking The Smiths, liking Nirvana…I fucking hated Guns N’ Roses. It was bullshit, misogynistic, it was fake rebellion—nothing is more corporate and commercialized. “
Check out the lyric video for the song below.
The Cult re-issue will be available on March 3 through Hopeless Records just in time for the band’s 15th Birthday Tour with Senses Fail, Man Overboard, and Seaway which starts on March 5 in Orlando.