Taken from their forthcoming album Vacancy, longtime alt-punk outfit Bayside is currently streaming their new lead single “Enemy Lines.”
While the single hits like most Bayside tracks musically, you may notice a different tone lyrically as frontman Anthony Raneri took a stab at writing a more theme-based record this time around.
“I moved to Nashville two-and-a-half years ago with my wife and baby,” Raneri explained to Silverstein’s Shane Told during his Lead Singer Syndrome podcast. “The plan was to go down for a couple of years, plant seeds and move back to New York.”
Raneri continued to add, “We came down and after a year of being here we split up. 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.”