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Bayside & Say Anything, Reggie And The Full Effect

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March 19th, 2017

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Bayside & Say Anything, Reggie And The Full Effect
WOMH & Pegstar Presents

Bayside & Say Anything, Reggie And The Full Effect

  • Venue:White Oak Music Hall
  • Room:Downstairs
  • Date:Monday Apr 17, 2017
  • Doors:6:30 PM
  • Age:All Ages
  • Prices:$21.00 ADV   $23.00 DAY OF
  • Box Office:$25.00
Bayside
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When punk rock judgment day comes, everyone knows which side of the fence BAYSIDE will be on? the legitimate one. The current state of rock music has left acts in a never-ending sea of ?genres,? and this current state of affairs has resulted in numerous bands tailoring their look and sound into something that can be labeled. Artists are unjustly pigeonholed and careers are shortened as a result. But amazingly, BAYSIDE has prevailed as rock?s leading indefinable, working class, relateable rock heroes. Since their inception on Long Island one fateful winter day in 2000, BAYSIDE has become the voice for the misanthropic and the hopeful alike. Having released four studio albums with Victory Records since signing on in 2003, BAYSIDE has sold over a quarter-of-a-million records and has become one of the most likable bands in the industry. The non-fickle foursome remain loyal to their long-time fans, dubbed ?The Cult?, yet they manage to convert new followers every day. The loyalty extends not only to their fans, but also to each other, as BAYSIDE stays together like a band of brothers, even during times of tragedy. In 2005, a tragic auto accident resulted in the death of John ?Beatz? Holohan, the band?s drummer. The loss took an immense toll on the remaining members. After an understandable grieving period and the difficult task of choosing a replacement in Chris Guglielmo, the band buckled down and rediscovered their art. The result, appropriately titled The Walking Wounded, was released in early February 2007 to critical acclaim. The album found the band not explicitly focusing on their tragic loss, but instead on survival and progression. BAYSIDE toured incessantly in support of The Walking Wounded and hit the mainstream with full force. Appearances on Late Night with Conan O?Brien, MTV?s TRL and Steven?s Untitled Rock Show on Fuse shifted BAYSIDE into the limelight. The whirlwind, although welcomed, did result in a slightly unorthodox, at least for BAYSIDE, course to writing the follow-up, Shudder. ?We had the least amount of time at home to work on the songs that we?ve ever had,? says lead vocalist Anthony Raneri. ?But, this was the first time we actually had a little studio on the bus to write on tour, so we wound up spending almost a year on tour writing for the album. This is definitely our best material to date.? Shudder hit the masses on September 30th, 2008. BAYSIDE decided to take a different, sunny approach to recording this time around, opting to record the masterpiece, their fourth full-length studio album, in a location quite different than what they were used to. As a result, the Santa Monica-based Red Bull Studios was chosen as the venue and the album was recorded over a six week period of time with producer Dave Schiffman (Weezer, Jimmy Eat World, Johnny Cash). Although the band recorded on the left coast as opposed to their usual right, the method ironically brought BAYSIDE back to a familiar place. ?We really just wanted to make a record that would bring us back to our roots,? said Raneri. ?I tried to take the knowledge of song writing that I have now and blend it with the raw energy and intuitions I wrote with when I was 17 and make a smart punk record. Whenever I had a doubt about where to go, I would say ?What would Bayside do?? and I?d go back and listen to older Bayside stuff. We weren?t trying to reinvent the wheel, just put some new tires on it." Alongside the release of Shudder was the release of Live At The Bayside Social Club, a collection of recordings from their August 2008 performance in New York City. The live album includes songs from each of their studio albums and is a must have for Bayside fans everywhere who crave hearing their high energy live show between tours.

Say Anything
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"As sad as it is, part of rock 'n' roll is the glory of self-destruction," explains Say Anything braintrust Max Bemis from his home in Tyler, Texas. He's currently enjoying the last weeks of domestic solitude before embarking on a national tour to promote the band's upcoming sixth studio album, Hebrews, out June 10 on Equal Vision Records. "You have to write about the joy of misery."

Over the years of Say Anything, Bemis has become both a devout and mythic character in the alt-rock scene. He's always strived to find a balance between truth and fantasy. Though, when he starts to lean too far to one side, the band's ethos always brings him back to center: Do better. Be better. Or at least have the hope that better exists for you. "It's a cycle of rebirth, renewal and destruction," Max says about his life, musically and personally. "I do believe in hope and I do believe, at the core of everything, there's a truth and a hope to our existence. At the same time, we're only human. We're animals and we're going to constantly try to re-evaluate."

Hebrews is a collection of songs that examine, analyze and test that truth - and all without picking up a single guitar. Yes, all 12 songs trade traditional rock-band instrumentation for more refined string arrangements. But that doesn't mean it sacrifices any spit or spirit. The album's mission statement is set from the opening notes of "John McClane," which is drenched with analog-sounding keyboards and Bemis' dramatic vocals, welcoming the listener into his head and his heart, singing there's "no need for ambivalent music."

"I think there's a journey every human being goes on and if you can tap into that, you can speak to personal experiences," Max says about his outlook on songwriting. "That's what fables are, tapping into the shared experience. I've been through a lot in the past couple years and, although the record can be dense and specific, I tried to speak of the cyclical journey we all go on to better understand ourselves."

One of the major life events Bemis experienced while writing, recording and producing this record was the birth of his first daughter, Lucy. Though tickled by impending fatherhood, Max was soon plagued by past demons he'd spent years working hard to bury. The same destructive and deprecating thoughts that inspired some of his greatest songs were now starting to reemerge. But Max, now older and stronger, wasn't going to let them take over without a fight.

"People, in general, kind of assumed that all my problems got solved, which, on some level, they did," Max says of the years he spent working on his inner peace, which improved immensely when he met and later married Eisley's Sherri DuPree. "I'm happy most of the time. But there's no ending until you're dead. The human condition is like a disease and that's what makes life so cool. Life is never perfect and you're going to have moments of doubt. A lot of things were solved, but I moved to a different stage of self-examination."

This musical (and mental) voyage is explored on songs like "Six Six Six," the first single off Hebrews, which features additional vocals from Max's wife, Balance & Composure singer Jon Simmons and more. Backed by a beautiful string section, Max sings about how the Devil exists inside all of us and, sometimes, it feels like we've fooled everyone around us into thinking we're better than we actually are. The result is a fist-pumping rock song that's also deeply personal. Another example of turning the magnifying glass inward can be heard on "Judas Decapitation," which features guest appearances from British indie-pop imports Gareth and Kim Campensinos (Los Campensinos!). "It's half about my anger towards people for their opinions about me and the band," Max admits, "and then it's half about the anger towards myself, for being such a brat about it."

A theme that blankets the entire album is that of religious identity, which is something Max has been singing about since the early days of Say Anything and the band's 2002 Menorah/Majora EP. "A big part of the journey was also understanding my lineage and my culture," Max expounds. "That's why the record's called Hebrews. Whether you're Jewish, Catholic or whatever, you come from a [larger] culture. It's not a record about being Jewish; it's about understanding where my neuroses come from. Is it from society, my parents or from the dawn of man?"

Thankfully, Max doesn't have to go through the journey alone. Over 16 artists provided guest vocals to Hebrews, which include Chris Conley (Saves The Day), Matt Pryor (The Get Up Kids), Chauntelle DuPree-D'Agostino (Eisley), Keith Buckley (Every Time I Die), Brian Sella (The Front Bottoms), Aaron Weiss (mewithoutYou), Stacy King (Eisley), Bob Nanna (Braid), Christie DuPree (Merriment), Jeremy Bolm (Touché Amoré), Tom DeLonge (blink-182), Andy Hull (Manchester Orchestra), and the aforementioned Gareth and Kim Campesinos, Jon Simmons and Sherri DuPree-Bemis.

Say Anything also recently announced a very special live line-up for the upcoming tour, which will include Fred Mascherino from The Color Fred, Taking Back Sunday, Breaking Pangea and Terrible Things, Greg Dunn from Moving Mountains, Kenny Bridges from Moneen, Reed Murray from Tallhart and Garron DuPree of Eisley.

For Max, music stands alongside Sherri and Lucy on his list of great loves, and he'll be able to conquer anything with all three there to support and encourage him. "Sure, there's a part of me that craves attention. There's a part of me that needs to be validated. But I really do think I wouldn't have been able to write a single song if it wasn't for the drive to make things better," Max admits.

"As much as my music has always been dark, I could never sit down and write a song about how the world is cruel and nothing matters. As much as I've been through so much pain, I've never truly believed that life is pointless, there's no hope and you should just give up.

That's the point of Say Anything, under all the layers… To fix things."

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