Bayside (Acoustic)

Bayside (Acoustic)

Kayleigh Goldsworthy

Friday · December 7, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$27.00 - $32.00

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This event is 16 and over

Front Bar opens at 6pm

$27 advance tickets / $32 day of show

Bayside (Acoustic)
Bayside (Acoustic)
Vacancy (Hopeless)

"I can't believe this is my life. I'm pretty vacant all the time."

First things first: Vacancy isn't a breakup album.

Although this collection of songs was born out of the loss of a relationship, that experience launched Bayside frontman Anthony Raneri on a mission of reflection and self-examination that makes the band's seventh full-length a case study in acceptance. "I wanted this record to be more about what's happening to me as opposed to having it be all about a disintegrating relationship," he explains. "When I was writing this record I felt like a transient and I think writing Vacancy really helped me work through an experience that I had never prepared for, let alone planned on."

Raneri is referring specifically to the fact that he left the security of Queens to move to Tennessee for two years with his former wife and their child to make some investments and open a business. However soon afterward he was informed that she didn't want to return to Raneri's longtime home and mounting domestic tension eventually lead to the couple splitting up. "I came here thinking it was a very temporary stopover and eventually decided I had to stay here so I could be close to my daughter and that hit me really hard," he explains."I was living in an apartment in Franklin and I was calling it the Franklin Hotel because I didn't know how long I was going to be here. I didn't unpack, I didn't hang anything on the walls. I didn't know what I was supposed to do with myself."

During this uncertain time, Raneri kept himself from going off the deep end by writing songs. Raneri admits these twelve compositions are especially cathartic because he was literally "coming to terms with what my life was becoming." From there Raneri worked out the arrangements with guitarist Jack O'Shea (who also relocated to Nashville where Raneri settled) as well as drummer Chris Guglielmo and bassist Nick Ghanbarian to make sure the music was as fully formed as the concept behind it. Finally, the band enlisted producer Tim O'Heir—whose résumé includes producing albums by everyone from Sebadoh to Say Anything and was nominated for a Tony Award for Hedwig And The AngryInch—who recorded the album at Kings Of Leon's personal studio.

The result is an album that's undeniably Bayside and is incontestably catchy without relying on three-chord punk progressions or pandering to their audience. "It's always been my goal to write songs that are technically complicated but aren’t off-putting to someone who just wants to sing along," Raneri explains. In that spirit the album features shredding guitar solos on "Rumspringa (Heartbreak Road)" and vocal acrobatics on "Not Fair" as well as saccharine pop numbers like the infectious ballad "Mary" and palm-muted perfection of "The Ghost." "Say this isn't real, say this was a joke, say there's still space for me in bed because I can't live alone" Raneri sings on the latter track—and it isn't dramatics but rather the sound of him searching for his own identity in the face of domestic chaos.

"We were never part of a scene or trend, we never looked or sounded the way everyone else did and we never partnered up with companies or brands and that was totally by design," Raneri explains when asked how Bayside have managed to maintain their relevance for nearly two decades—and in many ways Vacancy is also his own personal battle cry. This sentiment is especially evident on the driving, melodic anthem "Enemy Lines" where Raneri compares his emotional journey to a war where the dust has yet to settle. "I am the last of my kind, just a Yank in Southern battlefields, behind enemy lines and alone to find out how I wound up here," he sings with the visceral emotion of a solider steeped in the trenches yet refusing to surrender. Honesty isn't just a character trait for Raneri, it's his strategy to stay alive.

Admittedly the emotional stakes here are high but instead of wallowing in self-pity, Vacancy is evidence that the human spirit can eventually triumph if you want it bad enough. While the album's final track "It's Not As Depressing As It Sounds" isn't exactly hopeful, it isn't bleak either. In fact it's as messy and layered as most human relationships are and embraces that duality instead of running away from it. "I've messed with confidence and ever understood if you're not afraid than you're not doing all you could," he intones on the album's inspiring closer before adding, "I know that there's love because I've seen it myself and I'll be damned if I can't move because I'm too scared to cross the road."

Sometimes you need adversity to realize that some things are worth fighting for. Vacancy is the soundtrack to that struggle.
Kayleigh Goldsworthy
Kayleigh Goldsworthy
Music is an ever-evolving community; and just as the entity itself changes, so do the artists within. There are no rules, written or unspoken, dictating musicians to stay within a certain genre or subject matter. So, when trading her days of punk basement shows for folk inspired acoustics, then seamlessly crossing back over through everything in between, Kayleigh Goldsworthy was welcomed with open arms.

Listening to rock classics during childhood sparked her interest in music, and she picked up playing both the guitar and violin. Her hard work and raw talent translated into alternative infused efforts with Syracuse, NY based The Scarlet Ending, where she secured a publishing deal with Cherry Lane while she was in high school. She went on to receive a Bachelor's in music business and specializing in violin performance, and upon work on her solo record was invited out on both the 2012 and 2013 Revival Tour, sharing the stage with Chuck Ragan, Dave Hause, Dan Andriano, Tom Gabel, Cory Branan, Jenny Owen Youngs, Toh Kay and Rocky Votolato.

Goldsworthy self-released her debut solo record "Burrower," in November of 2013, where it was welcomed into both the singer-songwriter and punk scenes with open arms. Simultaneously, she joined on as a touring member of Harvest Record's indie pop artist Young & Sick, where she played keys, guitar, violin, and backing vocals for the following two years.

All the while performing solo shows between Young & Sick tours with Foster the People and Chance The Rapper, she continued honing her songwriting in New York, Los Angeles, and Nashville, and in 2017 joined Revival Tour veteran Dave Hause in the formation of his band, The Mermaid, where she plays keys and auxiliary.

Kayleigh continues to play with Hause on US and international tours. She will be releasing her long-awaited follow-up EP to "Burrower," titled "All These Miles," in preparation of her upcoming tour with Bayside as the opener and additional auxiliary player, ranging from November 2018 through February 2019.

Her music has been featured on several MTV, WB, and Vh1 shows.
Venue Information:
The Bell House
149 7th Street
Brooklyn, New York, 11215