The four-piece band, which hails from Queens, N.Y., has been busy touring since the release of its third studio album “The Walking Wounded” in February 2007.
The new album impressed fans, peaking at 75th on U.S. Billboard and 4th on the list of independent albums. “The Walking Wounded” pushed the band into the mainstream with the melodic hit single “Duality,” which constantly played on the radio and scored them an opportunity to perform on the Conan O’Brien show.
Bayside’s first two studio albums, “Sirens and Condolences” and “Self-Titled,” went under the radar but not because of quality. These albums are what catalyzed the “Bayside is a Cult” slogan and general description of the band.
Though they have become more visible in the music scene their music has kept its grungy distorted sound filled with intricate guitar solos, catchy melodies and deep, meaningful lyrics.
While Bayside will be bringing in the crowd Sunday night, they will not be the only talent at the venue. The Status and Four Years Strong will be kicking off the show and Straylight Run will also perform. The two youthful bands balance out Bayside’s eight-year veteran status.
Also going strong in the indie music scene, Straylight Run is the most obscure of the bunch. The band’s sound is strongly based on the piano and a mixture of male and female voices. Straylight Run has had two studio albums with their latest “The Needles, The Space” released in 2007. The band’s most recognizable song “Existentialism on Prom Night” came off its first self-titled album.
Straylight Run is the calm before the storm of Bayside’s set, which is a good mix of mellow, feel-good, existentialism and intense head-pounding punk rock.