While Bayside’s vocalist/guitarist Anthony Raneri is looking forward to recording the follow-up to 2008’s Shudder, he’s not sitting idly. Always bustling with creativity, he has unleashed a brand new demo, “The Ballad of Bill the Saint”, on his personal MySpace page.
“Lyrically, I just wanted to try telling a story,” says Anthony. “I don’t think that singing about the hardships of being in a touring rock band are very relatable, so I wanted to try writing a few songs that used a fictional character’s life as a metaphor for mine.” His songwriting prowess has been praised by the likes of Alternative Press, (“Anthony Raneri’s lyrics completely cut to my core”), Wonka Vision (“lyrically, the band has reached the epiphany within… they put the rock back in punk rock”), to IGN (“the band writes the best songs and delivers with the passion and power that made Jimmy Eat World so successful”). He continues, ” I wanted to convey the situations or feelings I was having, but I had to take them outside of my own personal situation so people could understand.”
As a testament to the power of his songwriting, Anthony will be embarking solo on the 2010 Edition of the WHERE’S THE BAND? Tour, which also includes solo acoustic performances by Dustin Kensrue (Thrice), Matt Pryor (The Get Up Kids, The New Amsterdams), and Chris Conley (Saves The Day, Two Tongues). The inaugural tour that kicked off in January 2009 included ten dates in the Midwest, all of which sold out. The four singers sat in during each other’s sets, creating a unique and special event for fans.
The dates for the 2010 Where’s the Band? Tour are:
Jan 7th – West Hollywood, CA @ the Troubador
Jan 8th – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
Jan 9th – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
Jan 10th – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill