09:10 AM on 12/12/11
Press Release"This has been a long time in the making," says ANTHONY RANERI, lead vocalist/guitarist for BAYSIDE, about his upcoming solo EP. "I'm going to go into the studio and record four or five unreleased songs that I have written over the last three years. I always wanted these songs to see the light of day but I knew they wouldn't work for Bayside."
Breaking the news on Gumshoe Radio (the weekly idobi Radio-featured show that he and Bayside bassist Nick Ghanbarian host), the as-yet-untitled project will begin the recording process on December 13, 2011 at Hurley Studios in Costa Mesa, CA. Among the guests planned for the recording are Steve Choi (RX Bandits), Davey Warsop (Beat Union) and Jarrod Alexander (My Chemical Romance, Dead Country). "I basically wanted to create an awesome environment in the studio with a couple of good songwriting minds and really good vibes, stir it up and see what comes out," he says about his collaborators. An in-depth announcement with Anthony appears at Altpress.com.
A companion piece of sorts to his Where's the Band? Tour (an annual live package which features acoustic sets by frontmen of likeminded bands), this release is scheduled to coincide with the 2012 tour which, aside from himself, includes Ace Enders (Early November), Chris Conley (Saves the Day), Evan Weiss (Into It. Over It.), and Matt Pryor (The Get Up Kids). "I have been playing solo acoustic shows for about four years now. I always toyed with the idea of actually releasing some music but never really had the time. It seems like people that have been coming to the solo shows are really interested in a release, so I figured I'd give it a shot."
Stylistically different from Bayside, the songs don't adhere to a single style or genre. "As an artist, I wanted to try and challenge myself with some other kind of styles," he explains. "There is some alt-country style songs, some reggae songs... just some cool music. I have really eclectic musical tastes, so this is my chance to explore creating songs in other styles."
The release of the EP is planned for release around mid-January and the Where's the Band? Tour kicks off January 19th at the Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg, PA (dates can be found at the tour's Facebook page here: www.facebook.com/wherestheband). "I'm really looking forward to the recording process," says Anthony. "It's going to be very interesting."