Bayside’s ‘Cult’ a devilishly good time
“I thought I’d like to forever, but it just reeks of patience and effort … this is the calling I’m waiting for.”
These lyrics to Bayside’s latest punk anthem, “Time Has Come,” mark a reverberating theme by a Long Island rock quartet that pays homage to its loyal fan base and growing discography in its sixth studio album, “Cult.”
Like the name implies, “Cult” defines the group’s growing following that has stayed loyal in the darkest of times — like the loss of a band member during a freak car accident in a 2005 snow storm — while reflecting on a maturing, but subtly changing sound that still brings with it an undeniable air of Bayside and what the band has stood for over the past decade.
Similar in song structure and melody to other leading tracks by the venerable rockers, “Cult” offers little deviation from the Bayside norm, but the group has never sounded so good in delivering those signature chords and riffs that are accompanied with Anthony Raneri’s lyrics of angst and moments of intense self-reflection.
To put it simply, there is no reason for a greatest hits album for this group; they’ve already perfectly nailed it.
Of course, no Bayside album would be complete without the group’s take on love and lust and the perils of falling for the wrong mate, which Raneri croons beautifully in “You’re No Match.”
Bayside shifts to more uplifting and inspiring heights in “Transitive Property,” which seems to merge themes and lyrics from Raneri’s solo career. Regardless the source, the track is sure to be a fan favorite that will hit all the right notes in electric or acoustic format.
“Don’t throw our lives away on this. Last month was hard, I do admit, the hardest road pays off the most,” Raneri sings in the punk rock ballad.
“Bear With Me,” highlights Raneri’s vocal range, while ensuring the group’s well known energy and driving sound is not lost in themes of the track.
Never ones to shy away from a fight with the mainstream music industry, Bayside issues a call to creative arms in “Stuttering,” in which Raneri laments about fitting music executives’ molds, while clinging to a voice in the muck of pop-punk and trendy one-hit wonders that has come to define the commercialization of a genre that was once intended to highlight differences now frowned upon.
“Objectivist on Fire” carries all the fire and spite that has truly defined some of the band’s greatest works.
By attacking a little bit of everything, Raneri admits he is still waging the battle within, but getting a little bit closer to a final resolution.
“And I’m getting closer all the time, running out of days to get it right,” Raneri sings. “I can’t believe I’ve wasted all of my life, chasing after something I was never meant to find.”
With deep hitting lyrics and the masterful arrangement of melody and killer riffs like these, it appears Bayside has finally found what it’s looking for.
“Cult” is available online at http://www.bayside.com and through other online retailers.