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Bayside formed in the winter of 2000 and quickly developed a following with their melodic, moody, guitar-driven emo. They soon left their native Queens, New York and hit the road, sharing stages across the United States with bands like the Alkaline Trio, Taking Back Sunday, and Further Seems Forever. The band's first release, the Long Stories Short EP, was released by the local Dying Wish Records in August 2001. Touring continued throughout the following year, including festival slots at the Skate and Surf Fest in Asbury, Furnace Fest in Birmingham, and a two-week stint with the Warped Tour. As with many young bands, various lineup changes occurred throughout these early years, and spring 2003 found original members Anthony Raneri (vocals/guitar) and Andrew Elderbaum (bass) cementing a revised incarnation of the band with newcomers Jim Mitchell (drums) and Jack O'Shea (guitar). That same summer, they released a split EP with Name Taken before signing with Chicago powerhouse Victory Records. Sirens and Condolences, a brooding debut album produced by J. Robbins (Jawbox), was issued in January 2004. Along with a relentless show schedule, the guys utilized community-oriented websites like Friendster and MySpace to promote their music and build up a loyal underground following. Also during this time, bassist Nick Ghanbarian (ex-the Movielife, Silent Majority) and N.Y.C. veteran drummer John "Beatz" Holohan joined Bayside's ranks, replacing Elderbaum and Mitchell. Going into their next album, Bayside decided to depart from the group of producers whom many of their peers had been using. Consequently, their August 2005 self-titled sophomore album materialized with Shep Goodman and Ken Gioia at the controls; the producers had previously worked on albums by Mandy Moore and Lee Ann Womack. With their album completed, an energized Bayside hit the road with Hawthorne Heights, Silverstein, and Aiden on the Never Sleep Again tour. But on the morning of October 31, their van hit a patch of ice and flipped over on the way to a show in Salt Lake City. Holohan was tragically killed in the accident and Ghanbarian severely injured. Grieving the loss, Bayside canceled several shows before Raneri and O'Shea decided to honor their friends by pressing on as an acoustic duo. The tour wrapped up at Chicago's House of Blues, where the band recorded the performance and released it February 2006. The live DVD and accompanying ten-song Acoustic EP included a new track, "Winter," which was a tribute to Holohan. After a brief headlining tour, Bayside spent the beginning of 2006 serving as the opening act for the Smoking Popes' reunion tour. With Ghanbarian fully recovered and new drummer Chris Guglielmo on board, the band reprised its relationship with Goodman and Gioia and began working on its next album. The aptly titled The Walking Wounded was issued in early February 2007; it found the guys not explicitly focusing on their earlier tragedy, but instead on survival and moving forward. The punky Shudder followed in 2008, giving Bayside their highest chart placement to date by peaking at number 52. Having fulfilled their contract with Victory, Bayside jumped ship and signed with Wind-Up Records in March 2010, promising a new album by the coming fall. Sessions with producer Gil Norton took slightly longer than expected, with the resulting Killing Time ultimately coming out in early 2011. The band again toured heavily in support of the album before self-releasing the Covers EP in 2012 and announcing that they would start work on another new release. Working once again with producer Shep Goodman and his regular collaborator Aaron Accetta, they set themselves to writing their best album yet, taking elements from all of their previous releases and further honing their distinctive sound. Heavily inspired by a tumultuous year in Raneri's life in which he lost his grandfather, stepfather, and stepbrother, got married, had his first child, and built his first home, the album, eventually titled Cult, was released in 2014 through Hopeless Records. After touring, Raneri found himself at a crossroads in a time of uncertainty, having moved to Nashville and getting divorced. Deciding to combine the unexpected emotional turmoil and embrace his show tune influences, he booked the Tony-nominated Tim O'Heir (Say Anything, Hedwig and the Angry Inch) as producer for Bayside's next album. O'Heir helped the band branch out from the pop format to explore their "dramatic, whimsical side." The result was the album Vacancy, released in 2016. ~ Corey Apar
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  1.   Song
  2.   Devotion and Desire
  3.   Sick, Sick, Sick
  4.   Half a Life
  5.   Maybe, Tennessee
  6.   Beautiful Girls
  7.   Winter
  8.   Head on a Plate
  9.   A Call to Arms
  10.   Blame It on Bad Luck
  11.   No One Understands
  12.   Don't Call Me Peanut
  13.   Masterpiece
  14.   The Walking Wounded
  15.   Phone Call from Poland
  16.   The Whitest Lie
  17.   The Ghost of Saint Valentine
  18.   They Looked Like Strong Hands
  19.   A Synonym for Acquiesce
  20.   Killing Time
  21.   Two Letters
  22.   Something's Wrong
  23.   The Wrong Way
  24.   Hello Shitty
  25.   This Could Be Our Lives
  26.   Not Fair
  27.   You're No Match
  28.   Hate Me
  29.   Angels We Have Heard On High
  30.   On Love, On Life
  31.   I Can't Go On
  32.   What and What Not
  33.   Megan
  34.   Dear Tragedy
  35.   Tortures of the Damned
  36.   Poison in My Veins
  37.   It's Not as Depressing as It Sounds
  38.   Mary
  39.   Pretty Vacant
  40.   Call Me by Taking Back Sunday
  41.   Bear With Me
  42.   Stuttering
  43.   Time Has Come
  44.   Big Cheese
  45.   Battle Scars
  46.   Seeing Sound
  47.   Mona Lisa
  48.   It's Not a Bad Little War
  49.   A Rite of Passage
  50.   Landing Feet First
  51.   Existing in a Crisis (Evelyn)
  52.   We'll Be O.K.
  53.   How to Fix Everything
  54.   Talking of Michelangelo
  55.   Kellum
  56.   Just Enough to Love You
  57.   It Doesn't Make It True
  58.   The Ghost
  59.   Rumspringa (Heartbreak Road)
  60.   I've Been Dead All Day
  61.   Enemy Lines
  62.   Indiana by Taking Back Sunday
  63.   Dancing Like an Idiot by Taking Back Sunday
  64.   Objectivist on Fire
  65.   Transitive Property
  66.   Pigsty
  67.   The New Flesh
  68.   Sinking and Swimming on Long Island
  69.   Already Gone
  70.   You've Already Been
  71.   Moceanu
  72.   I Think I'll Be OK
  73.   Roshambo
  74.   Howard
  75.   Have Fun Storming the Castle
  76.   Boy
  77.   Thankfully
  78.   Duality
  79.   They're Not Horses, They're Unicorns
  80.   (Pop)ular Science
  81.   I and I
  82.   Paternal Reversal
  83.   Baby Britain
  84.   Montauk
  85.   Guardrail
  86.   If You're Bored
  87.   Alcohol and Alter Boys
  88.   Carry On
  89.   Dear Your Holiness
  90.   Demons
  91.   Choice Hops and Bottled Self Esteem