The three-track EP is packed with wicked riffs and the ominously angelic vocals of Anthony Raneri. Gothic punk track “Strangest Faces” was released back in May but is a welcome companion to the EP. With synth spins on the breakdowns and cryptic lyrics, “Strangest Faces” builds a Rorshach-like imagery for the listener, building your own spooky scene.
“Good Advice” is one for the masses: something for everyone. Easy to scream back at Raneri from behind the barrier, but passionate and full of wailing guitar chords. “Just Like Home” is the newest song on the EP for listeners. Feral guitar riffs and unflinching drums, “Just Like Home” packs in the instrumental heat. Poignant lyrics, “It feels just like home/when you’re sinking like a stone/but you breathe just for show/and they wish you good luck on your trip uphill,” paired with the sublime instrumentals, really showcase Bayside’s talent.
After 20 years, Bayside are certainly still churning out hits. You can get The Red EP on Wednesday — pre-orders are available, and they include a sick Transparent Red Vinyl.