Bayside

Singer/Guitarist — Queens - New York

What is your name? Where are you from?

Anthony Raneri. I’m from Queens, NY

What do you do?
I sing and play guitar in Bayside. I’m also a dad and an amateur chef.

Describe your style in three words?
Punk Rock Accountant

How should your music be listened to?
Over and Over. I know that sounds ridiculous, but we have the kind of music and lyrics that have a lot of layers to them. You’ll notice more and more as you dig deeper.

What do you miss about home when you’re on tour?
My daughter. She’s my best buddy. When she gets a little older then she can start coming out with me.

What British music icons inspire your sound today?
The classics I guess. The Beatles, Morrissey, Tom Jones, Cliff Richard, The Toy Dolls, Jeff Lynne.


North American punks, Bayside, return this Summer with their seventh album, "Vacancy" (out on 19th August via Hopeless Records) and a US tour, preceded by the video for new song "Pretty Vacant".

What was the first song you played on repeat?
“I want to Hold Your Hand” by the Beatles
My parents got me a Fisher Price record player when I was about 3 or 4 and I would raid their record collection. That was the first song that made me realize that I liked music more than the other kids

A song from your favourite album?
“Drain You” from Nirvana’s Nevermind 
It was the first cassette that I got and the record that made me go from loving music to knowing that that’s what I wanted to do.

Song you wish you had written / Music icon that has inspired you?
God’s Song - Randy Newman 
I think that he’s one of the greatest song writers of all time. He inspires my songwriting endlessly. He’s taught me that music doesn’t have to be simple or dumbed down to be catchy and accessible. The cleverness of his lyrics genuinely make me smile every time I listen and his chord changes are baffling but still somehow so memorable

Melancholy Margaret - The Toy Dolls 
One of my favourite bands. I even have a Toy Dolls tattoo. On the surface, they are a feel good party punk band. When you dig in though, they’re incredible musicians and writers who blend Oi, Punk, Rock n Roll and Pop. They can play the hell out of their instruments and do a lot of really complex stuff in their writing

Telephone Line - Electric Light Orchestra
Jeff Lynne is criminally underrated by most people besides his peers. I saw an interview with Paul McCartney where he said the first time he heard ELO, he wrote them off as a Sgt Peppers rip off. Then he heard them again and thought, “well they might be doing it better though”. Enough said

Happy New Year - ABBA
Another massive influence on my songwriting. They’re always my reminder that pop music doesn’t have to be simple. They’re incredibly interesting and complex with super heavy lyrics while managing to be one of the most successful pop bands of all time.

That’s Life - Frank Sinatra
They don’t call him “The Voice” for nothing. There are few singers that have the kind of voice that you just want to listen to no matter what they’re singing. I feel like I could listen to Frank sing the alphabet and he’d make it cool

In Remission - The Menzingers
I figured I should put in a song from a newer band that I’ve been listening to a lot recently. The Menzingers follow the tradition of bands like Bad Religion and Rancid playing angry punk rock with fantastic lyrics and melodies that you want to sing along with.

What is your name? Where are you from?

Anthony Raneri. I’m from Queens, NY

What do you do?
I sing and play guitar in Bayside. I’m also a dad and an amateur chef.

Describe your style in three words?
Punk Rock Accountant

How should your music be listened to?
Over and Over. I know that sounds ridiculous, but we have the kind of music and lyrics that have a lot of layers to them. You’ll notice more and more as you dig deeper.

What do you miss about home when you’re on tour?
My daughter. She’s my best buddy. When she gets a little older then she can start coming out with me.

What British music icons inspire your sound today?
The classics I guess. The Beatles, Morrissey, Tom Jones, Cliff Richard, The Toy Dolls, Jeff Lynne.


North American punks, Bayside, return this Summer with their seventh album, "Vacancy" (out on 19th August via Hopeless Records) and a US tour, preceded by the video for new song "Pretty Vacant".

What was the first song you played on repeat?
“I want to Hold Your Hand” by the Beatles
My parents got me a Fisher Price record player when I was about 3 or 4 and I would raid their record collection. That was the first song that made me realize that I liked music more than the other kids

A song from your favourite album?
“Drain You” from Nirvana’s Nevermind 
It was the first cassette that I got and the record that made me go from loving music to knowing that that’s what I wanted to do.

Song you wish you had written / Music icon that has inspired you?
God’s Song - Randy Newman 
I think that he’s one of the greatest song writers of all time. He inspires my songwriting endlessly. He’s taught me that music doesn’t have to be simple or dumbed down to be catchy and accessible. The cleverness of his lyrics genuinely make me smile every time I listen and his chord changes are baffling but still somehow so memorable

Melancholy Margaret - The Toy Dolls 
One of my favourite bands. I even have a Toy Dolls tattoo. On the surface, they are a feel good party punk band. When you dig in though, they’re incredible musicians and writers who blend Oi, Punk, Rock n Roll and Pop. They can play the hell out of their instruments and do a lot of really complex stuff in their writing

Telephone Line - Electric Light Orchestra
Jeff Lynne is criminally underrated by most people besides his peers. I saw an interview with Paul McCartney where he said the first time he heard ELO, he wrote them off as a Sgt Peppers rip off. Then he heard them again and thought, “well they might be doing it better though”. Enough said

Happy New Year - ABBA
Another massive influence on my songwriting. They’re always my reminder that pop music doesn’t have to be simple. They’re incredibly interesting and complex with super heavy lyrics while managing to be one of the most successful pop bands of all time.

That’s Life - Frank Sinatra
They don’t call him “The Voice” for nothing. There are few singers that have the kind of voice that you just want to listen to no matter what they’re singing. I feel like I could listen to Frank sing the alphabet and he’d make it cool

In Remission - The Menzingers
I figured I should put in a song from a newer band that I’ve been listening to a lot recently. The Menzingers follow the tradition of bands like Bad Religion and Rancid playing angry punk rock with fantastic lyrics and melodies that you want to sing along with.

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