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Bayside dropped their first new song of the year last month, and now they’re surprising fans with the announcement of a new album.

The band are returning with Interrobang and it’s arriving a lot sooner than you would expect with an October 4 release date.

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Interrobang is a punctuation mark that combines an exclamation and a question mark. Lead singer Anthony Raneri says in a statement that the album title represents the feelings listeners receive from the record.

“We wanted the record to feel exciting and new, but also sound like a natural progression for the band,” Lead singer Anthony Raneri says in a statement. “We just wanted to keep the listener on their toes – there is a ton of information being thrown out – and if you want to take it all in – you can’t stop paying attention for a second.”

Along with the album announcement, the band are also dropping a new single with the lead track and an accompanying video.

“It has always been important to us to sound like Bayside, but always shake it up with each record. We tried to think outside the box and take things further,” Raneri adds.

Check out the video in the player below.

“Interrobang” arrives after the band dropped “Prayers” following the release of an acoustic version of “Mona Lisa” back in January.

Raneri made a statement about the inspiration behind the lead single.

“We wanted a riff that acted as a musical theme to the song and once we wrote the ‘Prayers’ riff, it sort of told a story on its own,” Raneri said. “The drama and heaviness in that opening riff alone easily set the tone for the rest of the song.”

If you haven’t yet, check that song out below.

Are you excited for a new Bayside album? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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