FILE UNDER: Theatrical, Anthemic Punk Rock
ROCKS LIKE: Bad Religion, Queen, Alkaline Trio
WHAT’S DIFFERENT: Bayside have always given a nod to showtunes, but with Vacancy they dig in. The band have fully embraced their theatrical side (“I’ve Been Dead All Day”) and created rock music worthy of filling any arena (“Mary”) while keeping a strong hold on their aggressive punk-rock roots (“Enemy Lines”).
WHY YOU SHOULD CARE: If you aren’t part of their “Cult” already, it’s not too late to repent. This is a band with no bullshit, no frills—just consistent, hardworking musicians putting out music that continues to push the boundaries of what the possibilities of punk can be.
OUR PICK: “Maybe, Tennessee”
Hopeless Records http://hopelessrecords.com