Bayside - Sirens and Condolences (Cover Artwork)


Bayside: Sirens and CondolencesSirens and Condolences (2004)
Victory Records

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Well, Victory has a new darling that it is championing to all of the suburban teenagers of Chicagoland. Actually, they're not that bad. In fact, I could see quite a few college students liking these guys too. Let me explain. First of all, I wouldn't be surprised to see Bayside's new album .
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Well, Victory has a new darling that it is championing to all of the suburban teenagers of Chicagoland.

Actually, they're not that bad. In fact, I could see quite a few college students liking these guys too.

Let me explain. First of all, I wouldn't be surprised to see Bayside's new album getting quite huge. It's got the right sound, it's got the right label, the right attitude. It even has the right packaging, with a pretty cool photo on the cover–which someone will label "emo," although I nonetheless think it's a good photo (I'm not even going to get into this subject).

So, I guess it's not that these guys are really that bad. I mean, they do what they do fairly well. But on the other hand, it's nothing I haven't heard before. Their songs are a mix between the infamous Alkaline Trio and Chicago legendsā?¦Alkaline Trio. Oh wait, did I just say the same band twice? Track seven, "How to Fix Everything" could be something straight off of "From Here to Infirmary," with lines like "The sharper the edge, the cleaner the wound / So I'll be keeping it dull tonight for I deserve to hurt." The lead singer's voice at times also has a striking resemblance to Matt Skiba (well, Matt Skiba in the earlier and middling days). To be fair, sounding like Alkaline Trio is not necessarily a bad thing. Alkaline Trio is still one of my favorite bands, despite any shortcomings or causes for mourning in recent years, and a band could do far worse than to be compared to Alkaline Trio. Bayside does use some keyboards in the background of a few songs, so that is something different. With lots of "oohs" and "ahhs" for back up vocals, I can also see why people think that Bayside sounds a bit like Brand New or The Smiths. They do have a poppier, more upbeat sound on certain tracks, like the opening track "Masterpiece." The singer is pleasant to listen to, I have to say. And the lyrics are actually pretty well written, for the most part, although they are a tad overdramatic at times. Also, they are a bit morbid at times, but I think that's what they're going for on an album titled "Sirens and Condolences." They write about "sad" things and about hurting. Lines like "Nothing is real and I want you to know that I'm not alright / Tear open my chest. I'll try not to flinch" are reminiscent of lyrics similar to Alkaline Trioā?¦ additionally, did I mention Alkaline Trio again?? Unfortunately, the album starts off a lot stronger than it ends. The first seven tracks have quite a few hooks that got my attention. Disappointingly, the last two tracks leave me less than satisfied. They kind of blur into a sort of unimportant noise, and do not make me want to put the record on for a second spin. Or maybe it's just that by the end of the album, some of the songs start sounding the same, and by track ten and eleven, I have grown tired of it.

Honestly, I go back and forth with what to think about this album. I was prepared to not like this album. Then as I was reviewing it, I couldn't help but still like parts of it. It seems to cry out to consumers "Like me, dammit! I'm what you want to hear!" And that is also partly why I don't always like it: I don't want to just be fed things that are pleasant to the ear or that are "safe," things that everyone will like. I want an album to surprise me once in a while: it doesn't have to be anything outrageous, but a little bit of intrigue once in a while is always nice. Anyway, for many people, I think this album will be what they want to hear. I guess the only problem I have with it is that it's not that original. It is something that a lot of bands have been doing for quite a while. But Bayside does do it quite well and gives it a new sound. I think I like this album partially because it has a familiar sound, but it is a familiar sound that is fresh and young. At the same time, I can't help but wish that they had taken a few more risks.

I can definitely see why people would like this album, especially all those youngsters out there in suburbia–and a few of us older kids, too. So next time you're in town, don't forget to say hi to the new favorites over at Victory Records, because I think they're going to be around for quite a while.


People who liked this also liked:
Alkaline Trio - GoddamnitThe Gaslight Anthem - Sink or SwimBayside - The Walking WoundedAlkaline Trio - Maybe I'll Catch FireBrand New - Deja EntenduBrand New - The Devil and God Are Raging Inside MePolar Bear Club - Sometimes Things Just DisappearThe Gaslight Anthem - SeƱor and the QueenAlkaline Trio - From Here To InfirmaryAlkaline Trio/Hot Water Music - Split

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keithybobeefy (May 3, 2010)

This record is the soundtrack to my life right now.

I_love_Toe (May 31, 2006)

i love this cd it is so awesome

crazytoledo (May 19, 2005)

My personal favorite cd right now with Darkest Hour, "Guardrail" is the best song on this album...

Anonymous (March 23, 2005)

Bayside rocks.Enough said.New album coming out soon.

tristan (March 18, 2005)

yeah, the cover's gorgeous if you're into death fashion. i'd hate to be married to some of you fellas.

FeatheredMullet (July 15, 2004)

WOW Bayside is where the show Saved By the Bell took place! I always loved that show - Dustin "Screech" Diamond can play my skin flute any day of the week and wear my arabian goggles. If this band is half as good as SBTB than I need to change my pants cuz I'm about to lose my load in them

Anonymous (July 8, 2004)

Yes I agree the first time I saw Bayside i thought damn this guys sounds like Matt Skiba Alkaline Trio. They were a pretty decent band live. Then a couple weeks later I found a copy of their cd used at my local records store I purchased it because i wanted to give these guys a second chance and also hear what they sounded like recorded once again at first i thought a 4 piece alkaline trio. Its unfair to compare these guys to alkaline trio to much though because those guys are pioneers and this is their first major record. But after i bought sirens and condolences and gave it a few listens I have to disagree and say its a very catchy album that you can listen to all the way through without skipping. What sets them apart from alkaline trio 1 they are a four piece and their lead guitarist rips and realy lets loose on most of the tracks. 2 their lyrics are morbid but not quite as clever as alkaline. 3 There alot younger which means they have youth on their side lets hope they get better in time and break out of the shadows of being deemed a 4 piece alkaline.

Anonymous (February 21, 2004)

I think this is one of the best albums I've heard in a while. They are a great bunch of guys and deserve the attention.

shaggyketner44 (February 4, 2004)

i think that this is a great cd and they are a young band and they will have many great cds to come...i have listened to them since their first cd long stories short...all u people bitching about how they are emo why would u come review it if thats all u are going to put u probably havent even listened to it

Anonymous (February 2, 2004)

emo fuck off

Anonymous (February 2, 2004)

emo is no label but just a word for asshole music

notfeelingcreative (February 2, 2004)

Death to labels.

devildog1507 (February 2, 2004)

Death to emo. Sleep well

Anonymous (February 2, 2004)

i hate emo. have a nice day.

notfeelingcreative (February 1, 2004)

Greyicewater, a list of things a band expects when playing a venue is called a rider. Just so ya know. Socks, ha ha ha ha.

Anonymous (January 31, 2004)

Does their singer have down syndrome? Cuz they are totally stealing my idea. I was going to be the first person to start a band with a retarded kid singing. People would say, "these guys are retarded!" And I'd say,"yes we are." These guys aren't retarded, so I don't know that their excuse is. Stop putting reviews up of whack ass shit like this. Dumb mother fucker.

Anonymous (January 31, 2004)

i forget what those things are called where bands have it at venues and expect whatever items are on it to be brought to them.. but anyway, bayside had one of those at swayzes in marietta and expected the guys who run it to buy them socks and pizzas and whatever else was on it. these guys are rockstars.


Anonymous (January 31, 2004)

This band just isn't comparable to Alkaline Trio. They are from Long Island and kind of want to get into the Taking Back Sunday, Brand New, Straylight Run scene... but it's all a bit phoney, or at least they have changed dramatically in two years.

Anonymous (January 30, 2004)

I miss Grade. Haven't listened to this stuff, but I like alk3 and with all the comparisons I'm bound to like it.

notfeelingcreative (January 30, 2004)

The comment below is a joke right?

Anonymous (January 30, 2004)

Very good record. I hope victory produces more bands like Bayside, TBS, Atreyu and silverstein and less bands like All out war, hoods and A18

Anonymous (January 30, 2004)

Ive herd most of the record and think its really good but i guess that means Im and "EMO FAG" to all you metal heads who only care about songs that's lyrics are about murdering your principal. Grow the hell up.

Anonymous (January 30, 2004)

If you like Bayside, kill yourself.

These guys are unworthy of taking the name of one of the greatest high schools of all time.

Anonymous (January 30, 2004)

If you like Bayside, check out The Junior Varsity (www.juniorvarsity.com) Similar sound, but a bit more Emo.

Anonymous (January 30, 2004)

saw these guys open for digger in 2002.

holy fuck, did we give them shit. they were just a silly sort of generic pop punk band not worth listening to unless your friends were in the band or they were from your home town. so, we just took it upon ourselves to rip into them mercilessly.

they got flustered. especially, because the venue had about 200 people in it, tops. our voices were loud and right in front of the stage.


dazed (January 29, 2004)

Wow, they must be much improved, because this band used to be one which people hurled random senseless epithets at.


(Bayside? More like Gayside!)

funkisdead (January 29, 2004)


notfeelingcreative (January 29, 2004)

I dunno, I kinda dig it. It reminds me a little bit of a faster less depressed Jawbox (probably the J. Robbins factor) i'm not a big fag of this type of music but I kinda like this. Oh well.

Anonymous (January 29, 2004)

the cover art is very very great, but the music is so unbelievable lame

Anonymous (January 29, 2004)

what the hell is wrong with you? this cover art sucks... how many freakin albums are there with just a hot chick on the front (count the stars, starting line, etc.) you'd think they would try for a least a little originality. the music, on the other hand, is quite good.

but how many are dead heheh

Romeo (January 29, 2004)

Martha Stewart?! Ohh, thats why I cant stop looking at it.

inagreendase (January 29, 2004)

The cover's more than just some hot chick. Look a little closer.

tsunami_boy (January 29, 2004)

what the hell is wrong with you? this cover art sucks... how many freakin albums are there with just a hot chick on the front (count the stars, starting line, etc.) you'd think they would try for a least a little originality. the music, on the other hand, is quite good.

Anonymous (January 29, 2004)

Eh I'll be downloading this one not buying it. I just bought the new no motiv cd and norma jean cd so I've done my weekly good music shopping.

-Carl Winslow

Romeo (January 28, 2004)

Puh, listen to On The Might Of Princes -Sires, much better cd. Im not a fan of bands using similar names for ablums, its just something that annoys me.

Anonymous (January 28, 2004)

funny how half of you wont ever even pick up this cd. its ok to like it even if you just listen to it in your closet.

i know i will!

Anonymous (January 28, 2004)

scores for scott stealing this from ap.net, among other things.

CaraK (January 28, 2004)

Yes, this band is from Long Island, to answer some previous questions.

Anonymous (January 28, 2004)

"but the cover is absolutely awful"

Thank you! That cover is not neat, original, artistic, or even interesting. All it is is a good cleavage shot. The end.


i cant wait for you to die!!!

Anonymous (January 28, 2004)

That last post was referring to the No Motiv review. I guess I accidentally wanted to post it everywhere.


Anonymous (January 28, 2004)

Wow someone tries to do something interesting with a review and everyone just complains up the wazoo. Thats all anyone does here...complain. In fact, I'm compplaning about the complaining. woo hoo!!!


Anonymous (January 28, 2004)

this is so lame

Anonymous (January 28, 2004)

"but the cover is absolutely awful"

Thank you! That cover is not neat, original, artistic, or even interesting. All it is is a good cleavage shot. The end.

Anonymous (January 28, 2004)

got the record! the artwork is so awesome. its pretty simple. but yeah the cover may not be the best photo but look deep into it. look at the wallpaper on the staircase, its the same as all the blank pages! and dammn who is that girl???

Anonymous (January 28, 2004)


You can't call that pretentious, contrived attempt at emo photography "artwork."

Fuck this shit. I'm not saying anything about the record, but the cover screams phony.

Anonymous (January 28, 2004)

this music is homosexual, so is ours!

http://www.soundclick.com/bands/1/blacktiebombersmusic.h tm


Anonymous (January 28, 2004)

score is for the artwork.

i think its pretty damn sexy.

Anonymous (January 28, 2004)

i can't speak to the rest of the liner notes, but the cover is absolutely awful. that picture is so pathetic in its attempt to be edgy arty. it's tired and lame and not new in any measurable way.

Anonymous (January 28, 2004)

i wasnt dissapointed at all i think i have found a new favorite record! and i usally hate all this new stuff!!!

Anonymous (January 28, 2004)

finally got this album and it is so great. it is the same band from long island from the split w/ name taken. i can't believe how good they are!

Anonymous (January 28, 2004)

Horrible-oldpunker-....... Go see the slackers at ottobar next friday......

devildog1507 (January 28, 2004)

the last good victory reviews were blood for blood and the strike, now they just love winey griney emo suck bands

soulbleed (January 28, 2004)

i wish victory would put out good records again. the new all out war was great.

Victory is getting better. Aside from this, they aren't going to be releasing much emo for awhile. Premonitions of War, Madcap, A Perfect Murder .. all rule.

soulbleed (January 28, 2004)

i could have sworn this band was from long island too .. aren't they the same band that did the split with name taken?

Anonymous (January 27, 2004)

Wait... I'm confused.

Two years ago I saw a band called Bayside and at the time I thought they were a sort of generic pop punk from Long Island that should have its biggest show opening up for someone like Digger.

What is going on?

This can't be the same band, can it?

Anonymous (January 27, 2004)

Ant, the singer, is a really nice guy. Ive had the pleasure of playing twice with these guys. the name taken split was full of potential, and im glad theyve succeeded in this step. ive yet to hear the album, but ill trust them and give them an eight. ill change it if necessary.

Anonymous (January 27, 2004)

victory is hyping this like crazy. i don't see these guys being another thursday or taking back sunday. victory thinks they will be though.
i really like the cover art too.


notfeelingcreative (January 27, 2004)

Hmm, these guys are playing sunday! Doesn't sound like my cup of tea, but I have no interest in the super bowl, decisions, decisions.

Anonymous (January 27, 2004)

nicest band i have ever had the pleasure to talk to. i saw them at a community center they were playing with all thats left and all the kids swarmed all thats left. so bayside was just sitting there next to us and we started talking to them and their merch guy. really nice people.

Anonymous (January 27, 2004)

yes. people are def. just like leppards and jams. dumbass

Anonymous (January 27, 2004)

ok, so i bought the split they did with name taken after hearing an alkaline trio comparison a couple months ago and they sound NOTHING like alkaline trio. did they change their sound or are people just def these days?

Anonymous (January 27, 2004)

Just because theyre not scenesters and theyre nice doesnt make them a good band. And Im SURE they have heard Alkaline Trio before. Even if they only listen to the radio, Alkaline Trio is played on the radio too. And it doesnt really matter if they have heard them or not, they still sound like them, regardless.

ashton (January 27, 2004)

the score is for blue, i like blue

Anonymous (January 27, 2004)

This score is for people who send multiple posts all with the same general theme, as if to say "look - other people agree with me! I'm not really a loser!" This score is also for me being stupid enough to read said posts.

Anonymous (January 27, 2004)

Bayside is a school that's cool and you know that it's true. The girls are the cutest, and the guys are the hippest, too.

Anonymous (January 27, 2004)

i have heard alot that they are'nt scensters too. that is awsome. it shows. they are just great rock music. great record

Anonymous (January 27, 2004)

i dont think they sound like the Alk3 at all... i dont even think they know what the Alk3 sounds like. i heard they arent even scemsters, and in interviews it says they just listen to pop music! what a damn good band

Anonymous (January 27, 2004)

i love this record. this band has really impresed me, i got the cd already the album art work is so awesome! its blank untill the last page! what an awesome idea..... those guys are really creative!

Anonymous (January 27, 2004)

The vocals on this record remind me alot of Scott Reynolds (ALL/Pavers). The band is 100% better than they used to be, and I can see them improving even more with time.

Anonymous (January 27, 2004)

the first five is feeling lazy. I just got this and the new fantomas(which i hope to try to review if i can ever find 74min to listen to the whole damn thing.) anyway these guys sound like the smoking popes before jesus and a whole lot more into sharp objects. Thanks. P.S. Also just listen to Masterpiece off this album and I know you love me by the Popes. Listen to the voices. Damn its creepy.

bryne (January 27, 2004)

Mediocrity personified.

And that banner mentioning Jawbreaker, The Cure, and The Smoking Popes pisses me off.

Anonymous (January 27, 2004)

what i have heard of this record is outstanding. this review seems to me like "i want to hate it real bad, but it's good, so i can't. i will have to call it mediocre". if it's good, it's good. if journalists are going to be biast, they at least should'nt reveal it in thier reviews. at least pretend you're giving a real review

Anonymous (January 27, 2004)

this band used to be so terrible, and i remeber thinknig when they got signed to victory... wow this is terrible... and it is, it is. but this isnt terrible, and the scores for the cover art.

ThatotherGuy (January 27, 2004)

I like the shirt they have that says something like

"Bad Day ? Kill Yourself." on it.

I saw them with Glasseater and was impressed. Well, not impressed, but I was interested. They were enjoyable.


inagreendase (January 27, 2004)

"This band used to be pop punk and they blew.

Now emo's in and so are they. But in all fairness, they play emo much better than pop punk."

My thoughts exactly.

i-type-poorly (January 27, 2004)

gah, another fuckin emo album cover. Get out of your grandmother's house!

Anonymous (January 27, 2004)

i wish victory would put out good records again. the new all out war was great.

devildog1507 (January 27, 2004)

emo shitheads bware this is the ripper who will tear out your emotional little hearts.

Anonymous (January 27, 2004)

This band used to be pop punk and they blew.

Now emo's in and so are they. But in all fairness, they play emo much better than pop punk.

maverick (January 27, 2004)

The album itself was like white noise to me - it wasn't bad, it wasn't good, it was just there.

The cover art, however, is fucking gorgeous.


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