Sirens and Condolences

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Sirens and Condolences
Bayside - Sirens and Condolences.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 27, 2004
RecordedPhase Studios, College Park, Maryland
GenrePunk rock, emo
Length39:48
LabelVictory
Producer
Bayside chronology
Bayside/Name Taken – Split EP
(2003)
Sirens and Condolences
(2004)
Bayside
(2005)

Sirens and Condolences is the debut studio album by American punk rock band Bayside.

The album was the only one not entirely credited to Bayside as a band. The music and melodies were written by frontman Anthony Raneri, while the lyrics were written by bassist Andrew Elderbaum. The same process was used on their split CD with Name Taken. Elderbaum, along with drummer Jim Mitchell, left the band shortly after the album's release.[1]

Background[edit]

Due to exposure from publications as Alternative Press and Skratch, the group signed to independent label Victory Records on May 15, 2003.[2][3] In July and August 2003, the band toured across the US, with Glasseater, Celebrity, and My Hotel Year.[4] The band recorded their debut album in October 2003.[5]

Release[edit]

On November 2, 2003, Sirens and Condolences was announced for release in early 2004, alongside which, its track listing was posted online. Later in November, Bayside went on an west coast tour with Silverstein, followed by an east coast tour in December with the Goodwill, Punchline, Digger, and My Hotel Year.[6][7] Sirens and Condolences was released on January 27, 2004, through Victory Records.[2] The following month, the toured the US Midwest and East Coast.[8] On February 28, 2004, the band filmed a music video for "Masterpiece" in Chicago, Illinois.[9] The following month, the band played a handful of shows with Gatsbys American Dream.[10] In March and April 2004, the band supported the Juliana Theory on their tour of the US; the trek included an appearance at the Skate and Surf Festival.[11][12] In July and August, the group went on tour with Fall Out Boy, Armor for Sleep, Name Taken, and The Academy Is...[13]

As of August 2008, the album has sold 59,000 copies.[14]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars [15]
Exclaim!(unfavorable)[16]
LAS Magazine6/10[17]
Punknews.org3/5 stars[18]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."Masterpiece"3:44
2."Poison in My Veins"3:32
3."Phone Call from Poland"3:23
4."Talking of Michelangelo"3:38
5."Alcohol and Altar Boys"3:03
6."A Synonym for Acquiesce"5:17
7."How to Fix Everything"4:04
8."Kellum"2:36
9."If You're Bored"3:04
10."Just Enough to Love You" (re-recorded version; original version on Bayside/Name Taken split)3:45
11."Guardrail"3:38
Total length:39:48

Additional[edit]

Personnel[edit]

  • Anthony Raneri - Vocals, Guitar
  • Andrew Elderbaum - Bass, Lyrics
  • Jack O'Shea - Guitar, Additional vocals
  • Jim Mitchell - Drums
  • J. Robbins - Production, mixing
  • Alan Douches - Mastering
  • Emily Driskill - Photography
  • Jason Link - Album layout

References[edit]

Citations
  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-01-10. Retrieved 2016-01-10.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ a b Wippsson, Johan (December 29, 2003). "Victory Records Releases Punk/hard Rockers Bayside In January". Melodic. Archived from the original on January 30, 2018. Retrieved January 30, 2018.
  3. ^ Heisel, Scott (May 15, 2003). "Bayside signs to Victory". Punknews.org. Retrieved March 8, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ White, Adam (June 28, 2003). "Glasseater / Bayside Summer Tour". Punknews.org. Retrieved March 9, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ White, Adam (July 5, 2003). "Bayside To Record In October". Punknews.org. Retrieved March 9, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Heisel, Scott (November 2, 2003). "Bayside buddy icons and album news - which do you care more about?". Punknews.org. Retrieved March 14, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ Heisel, Scott (November 24, 2003). "Bayside's December tour". Punknews.org. Retrieved March 14, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ Heisel, Scott (February 5, 2004). "Bayside on WAUG tomorrow". Punknews.org. Retrieved March 22, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ Heisel, Scott (February 20, 2004). "Bayside video shoot in Chicago". Punknews.org. Retrieved March 23, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ Heisel, Scott (March 21, 2004). "Gatsby on the East Coast; no West Egg show scheduled yet". Punknews.org. Retrieved March 28, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ Heisel, Scott (February 13, 2004). "Skate and Surf lineup announced". Punknews.org. Retrieved March 23, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ Heisel, Scott (March 15, 2004). "Juliana Theory / Anberlin/Bayside/Number One Fan". Punknews.org. Retrieved March 23, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  13. ^ "Armor For Sleep - "My Town" video online now!". Equal Vision Records. July 1, 2004. Archived from the original on July 22, 2004. Retrieved February 20, 2018.
  14. ^ Caulfield, Keith (August 1, 2008). "Ask Billboard: Robin Sparkles, Garbage, Alkaline Trio, Bayside". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Archived from the original on May 16, 2016. Retrieved January 30, 2018.
  15. ^ Sirens and Condolences at AllMusic
  16. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-01-10. Retrieved 2016-01-10.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  17. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-11-29. Retrieved 2016-01-10.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  18. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-12-13. Retrieved 2015-12-13.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
Sources
  • "The #1 Independent Rock Label Is Hiring All Positions". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 117 (35). August 27, 2005. ISSN 0006-2510.

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