Release Date: Feb 18, 2014
Record label: Hopeless
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Punk Revival, Punk-Pop
After making their revitalized return on 2011's Killing Time, Bayside go from strength to strength with their sixth album, Cult. While the band hasn't lost any of its vigor, the album feels darker and more self-reflective. On "Big Cheese," the album opener, Anthony Raneri sounds downright cynical as he delivers lines like "And there will be a day when I sadly outlive all my useful traits, and when I look back I want to know we were more than just a fad." If Bayside are feeling a bit jaded, however, it's in mood only, as Cult is as tireless as anything the band has put out up to this point.
Of all the Victory-era bands, Bayside is the one that still maintains the essence of what made them to me, highly enjoyable a decade ago. Bands like Thursday, Silverstein and Taking Back Sunday chopped and fiddled but Bayside stayed true to themselves, and credit to ALL these bands, because no matter how much they subverted their shtick, they still did well. Bayside, though, got a bunch of unwarranted criticism for so many reasons.