Bayside/Name Taken - Split CD (Cover Artwork)

Bayside / Name Taken

Bayside/Name Taken: Split CDSplit CD (2003)
Dying Wish Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5

Contributed by: Katie4213Katie4213
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Dying Wish records has released a split containing what this label sees as "two of the hottest up-and-coming bands in the indie punk scene." These two bands are Bayside and Name Taken. I have to be honest, after listening to the split a few times; I have to say I was not overly impressed. Both ban.

Dying Wish records has released a split containing what this label sees as "two of the hottest up-and-coming bands in the indie punk scene." These two bands are Bayside and Name Taken. I have to be honest, after listening to the split a few times; I have to say I was not overly impressed. Both bands seemed to have very similar style and vocals, making it hard to find a distinguishing factor for each band.

Bayside holds the first four tracks on the CD. This Long Island band has was formed in October of 2000, and to this day after several line up changes, only contains one of its original members. Perhaps because of the constant line up changes, Bayside has had a hard time perfecting their sound. Their sound was very raw, and not overproduced at all, in fact it may even sound under produced.

As far as their lyrics go, Bayside reminds me a lot of Saves the Day. They have an upbeat tempo but sing pseudo-dark lyrics about love gone wrong. Their second track, Cold and Blue and Lifeless, talks bout tearing out a heart and choking someone until they are cold a blue and lifeless. This style gets old quickly. However, there are some impressive guitar riffs in this track that are worthy of praise.

In comparison to their album Long Stories Short, it seems as though Bayside is taking a step in the right direction. However, this split has not converted me.

The last four tracks are Name Taken. Name taken formally known as All That's Left, are natives of Orange County California. While they sound extremely close to Bayside, they seem to mesh a little better on this split, and have a little more distinction to their sound. However, the vocals of both bands sound extremely similar.

My comparison of Name Taken would be made to that of the late Student Rick. The two seem to share very similar song styles. I would have to say that the Name Taken tracks seemed to catch my ear more so than the Bayside tracks. "You Do It So Well" is my favorite track from the disc, displaying the strongest guitar and drumming.
If you are not familiar with either band, I would not necessarily recommend running out and buying this album. If you are a fan, I would pick it up, and form your own opinion. However, I think this split shows that there is a future for both bands, and hopefully we will be seeing some impressive new material soon.


People who liked this also liked:
The Gaslight Anthem - The '59 SoundBayside - The Walking WoundedAlkaline Trio - Remains [CD/DVD]Set Your Goals - Mutiny!Sufjan Stevens - IllinoisNeon Blonde - Chandeliers in the SavannahProtest the Hero - KeziaBayside - BaysideCirca Survive - JuturnaBayside - Sirens and Condolences

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Anonymous (February 27, 2006)

well Name Taken broke up and they were one of the best bands ever. Also Bayside's drummer John "Beatz" died in that accident when they were on tour. So i give it the highest rating possible.

thirtyseconds (October 27, 2004)

Boring CD... mig

Anonymous (August 29, 2003)

I would have to agree with the review of the cd. I've seen bayside live a few times, and i think (after hearing more recent stuff)that they have the potential to push their music to a stronger level. After comparing this to bayside's older stuff, i've come to the conclusion that this split is a sign that bayside is reaching for a change in their stlye of music.

Anonymous (June 12, 2003)

If they were wearing two different ATtticus shirts it would be one thing.. but they are the same shirt...

and is it just me or do both bands have the same dude in the band... the guy in the middle of the bayside photo and the guy in the front, in the name take photo... same person?

kill the mop top.

Anonymous (June 12, 2003)

whoa i didn't know they could put a pile of shit onto one cd.

funkisdead (June 11, 2003)

in the name taken promo shot, not one but TWO of the band members are wearing fucking atticus shirts.
atticus must be the best band ever...

Anonymous (June 11, 2003)

"no sir, i dont like it."

COBRA-VERDE (June 11, 2003)

This horrible crap has mr belding spinning in his grave.

Anonymous (June 11, 2003)

These bands get a one.

Horrible redundant crap.

If there was a zero, they'd recieve it.

Their saving grace is that there is actually good music out there you can turn to after regretfully being subjected to this sort of bullshit.

Anonymous (June 10, 2003)

kermit the frog is elvis presley compared to bayside's singer. why do so many long island bands have such bad singers? jesus, production is the only thing savin' us these days and even these guys haven't figured that out. STOP SINGING RESTRAINED-BUT-VIOLENT LYRICS ABOUT DEATH AND ETC., IT'S FUCKING PLAYED OUT! BrandNew, whoa that's kinda dark....okay Taking Back Sunday,,heard these before...okay Static Lullaby lyrics are cool but hasn't this been done.....Bayside split - GODDAMMIT enough!

~it ain't easy being (ina) green (dase)

Anonymous (June 10, 2003)

the only thing that would make me buy this is that bayside have kermit the frog on vocals.

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