IN THE STUDIO W/
Bayside have been busy since the release of Shudder a while back. Their contract with Victory Records ended, leaving the band unsigned for a brief amount of time. The guys then transferred over to Wind-Up and made a new home for themselves. Amongst the tours, Anthony Raneri found time to even do some solo shows across the states. While in the studio recording their next album, we had the chance to ask Anthony a few questions about the process and what fans can expect this time around.
You can catch Bayside on tour now with Senses Fail through November before they jump seas to Australia.
>> Interview w/ Anthony Raneri (Vocals, Guitar) by Nathaniel Lay
How far along are you with recording this record, or have you finished? If you’ve finished, how long were you in the studio?
AR: We just finished up all the tracking of the album a week ago. We’re about halfway through the mixing process now. We were writing and demoing for about six months, recording for about eight weeks, and we should be completely done in about another month. This is by far the most time we’ve ever spent working on an album.
Where did you record and with who?
AR: Gil Norton produced the record, which was a dream come true. We recorded half the record in Woodstock, NY at Dreamland Studios, and then finished up in Hoboken, NJ at Water Music.
What things are different with this album (such as the way it was done, written, etc)?
AR: We’re used to spending a month writing and a month recording, but this process and our new label situation really gave us the opportunity to rethink and revisit every song, every lyric, every note etc… We were able to really make sure this album was perfect from the writing process to the recording process. We’re used to doing things in a hurry. By the time this album is done, I’d like to think that it will be completely perfect in our eyes according to our vision for it
How has the experience been?
AR: A lot of work
What tours do you have planned to follow the studio time?
AR: We are going to do be co-headlining a tour with Senses Fail in October/November. It’s called the “Out With the In Crowd Tour”. It will cover the whole US. Balance and Composure and Title Fight will be opening up, which we’re real excited about. After the new year, we’re heading to Australia to do the Soundwave Festival tour for a couple of weeks
When can we expect the album to release?
AR: Right now we’re aiming for a February 2011 release.
Will you be doing any more solo tours or recording a solo album any time soon?
AR: I have something in the works for a few shows before the end of the year.
What can you tell us about the new album and what’s on the way for the rest of this year?
AR: It is certainly the best Bayside record to date. We have felt more inspired during this process than we have in years just given the state of our personal and professional lives. It is going to mark a new chapter in the Bayside story and I think it is a place that the fans are going to enjoy coming with us. The highs are higher, the lows are lower. It’s faster, slower, heavier, lighter, and catchier than any other Bayside record. We set out to write a record that we thought would cover all bases and I feel like we did.
Any one else think February is too far away? Don’t miss their current tour with Senses Fail or you’ll be out of luck until the band returns to the states!