Sunday, March 24, 2013

Song Of The Week: 3/24/13

Song: "Beautiful Girls"

Artist: Bayside

Album: "Punk Goes Pop: Volume 2"

Year: 2009

"Beautiful Girls" is a cover song that appears to be about a boy who is suicidal over the failure of his relationship with a "beautiful girl". The song was originally performed by reggae-influenced musician Sean Kingston and was featured on his "Sean Kingston" album in 2007. The Queens, New York based punk band Bayside covered this song for the "Punk Goes Pop: Volume 2" compilation which features punk bands covering songs by artists that are featured on mainstream pop radio. Bayside formed as a band back in 2000. That year, they managed to pass along a demo to the punk band New Found Glory who then helped Bayside get their foot in the door. In 2001, the band released their very first EP titled "Long Stories Short". Then in 2003, Bayside and the band Name Taken released a split EP. After this release, the band caught the attention of Victory Records who would go on to sign Bayside. Their very first full length album would be released in 2004, called "Sirens And Condolences" and would feature the single "Masterpiece". In 2005, the band released "Bayside". On October 31, 2005, tragedy struck the band as they were in a serious van accident in Colorado. Bayside drummer, John "Beatz" Holohan died from his injuries in this accident. The band would honor their friend and bandmate by releasing a live acoustic cd which featured the song "Winter" which was a tribute to Holohan. In 2007, Bayside released "The Walking Wounded" which featured the single "Duality". 2008 saw the release of Bayside's fourth full length album, "Shudder". With singles like "No One Understands" and "I Think I'll Be OK", Bayside's new album definitely featured a more punky edge to their music. The band also released their first live album, "Live At The Bayside Social Club" that year as well. In 2010, Bayside left longtime label Victory Records and signed with Wind Up Records. Their first release with their new label would be 2011's highly anticipated "Killing Time". The band showed continued growth with the singles "Already Gone" (awesome song!!) and "Sick Sick Sick". In 2012, singer Anthony Raneri focused some time on a solo project which would turn out to be the "New Cathedrals" EP and he did a small solo acoustic tour to promote the record. At the end of 2012, Bayside went into the studio and made their "Covers: Vol. 1" EP. This release featured the band covering artists Van Morrison, Del Shannon, The Ronettes, Billy Joel and Elvis Costello. The band also announced that it would be likely that they will release more volumes of their "Covers" project in the future. Currently, their is no news of the band working on a new album at this time, but if their past is any indication, it probably won't be long for some new material to pop up as the band has been very active since their formation.

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