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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.   Masterpiece
  9.   The Whitest Lie
  10.   Objectivist on Fire
  11.   A Call to Arms
  12.   Megan
  13.   Guardrail
  14.   Just Enough to Love You
  15.   Night's Song
  16.   Mona Lisa
  17.   Don't Call Me Peanut
  18.   How to Fix Everything
  19.   Not Fair
  20.   Two Letters
  21.   Hate Me
  22.   Killing Time
  23.   Already Gone
  24.   Moceanu
  25.   I Think I'll Be OK
  26.   A Rite of Passage
  27.   They're Not Horses, They're Unicorns
  28.   The Walking Wounded
  29.   Existing in a Crisis (Evelyn)
  30.   Blame It on Bad Luck
  31.   Tortures of the Damned
  32.   You've Already Been
  33.   Indiana by Taking Back Sunday
  34.   Dancing Like an Idiot by Taking Back Sunday
  35.   Phone Call from Poland
  36.   It's Not as Depressing as It Sounds
  37.   Mary
  38.   Enemy Lines
  39.   Call Me by Taking Back Sunday
  40.   Pigsty
  41.   Big Cheese
  42.   The Wrong Way
  43.   Howard
  44.   Landing Feet First
  45.   Choice Hops and Bottled Self Esteem
  46.   Duality
  47.   Paternal Reversal
  48.   Montauk
  49.   They Looked Like Strong Hands
  50.   If You're Bored
  51.   Kellum
  52.   Dear Tragedy
  53.   A Synonym for Acquiesce
  54.   It Doesn't Make It True
  55.   The Ghost
  56.   Rumspringa (Heartbreak Road)
  57.   Pretty Vacant
  58.   Something's Wrong
  59.   Bear With Me
  60.   Transitive Property
  61.   Time Has Come
  62.   Angels We Have Heard On High
  63.   Battle Scars
  64.   On Love, On Life
  65.   Roshambo
  66.   Demons
  67.   I Can't Go On
  68.   No One Understands
  69.   The Ghost of Saint Valentine
  70.   Boy
  71.   Head on a Plate
  72.   Dear Your Holiness
  73.   Carry On
  74.   I and I
  75.   Hello Shitty
  76.   Stuttering
  77.   Poison in My Veins
  78.   We'll Be O.K.
  79.   Thankfully
  80.   This Could Be Our Lives
  81.   Talking of Michelangelo
  82.   I've Been Dead All Day
  83.   The New Flesh
  84.   It's Not a Bad Little War
  85.   Have Fun Storming the Castle
  86.   What and What Not
  87.   Sinking and Swimming on Long Island
  88.   Seeing Sound
  89.   Alcohol and Alter Boys
  90.   (Pop)ular Science
  91.   Baby Britain
  92.   You're No Match