Bayside
Killing Time


3.5
great

Review

by Davey Boy STAFF
February 17th, 2011 | 299 replies | 23,810 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Bayside score another base hit, but there is still no game-winning home run.

It may be stretching it a little to call Bayside the underdog, but it is fair to state that they are a band whom many a listener wish the best of success to. How could one not when the Long Island quartet are still to achieve significant eminence, despite being hard-working traditionalists who put on a great live show and are consistent on record? In baseball parlance, Bayside frequently get on base, but rarely hit the game-winning home run. Could Bayside finally be getting a little impatient for their well-earned due? If a limited selection of lyrics from their fifth LP ‘Killing Time’ is anything to go by, then it may well be the case.

“My good intentions just keep sliding by the wayside, but it’s high tide and they get washed away with time” sings Anthony Raneri on ‘Sinking and Swimming on Long Island’, before following it with “I believe in futures, but I can’t afford to wait” on ‘The Wrong Way’. More pertinently, the superb chorus of the anthemic title track which fittingly closes the album proclaims ”I spent all my life waiting for a moment to come. Walking single file waiting for a moment to come, but it won’t. I’m half-way to happy now and I always mistake it for progress”. Those fans concerned about a total sell-out need not be concerned however, a fact evident on ‘Seeing Sound’ when the distinctive vocalist matter-of-factly states “I couldn’t care less… Never been that trendy anyway”.

If there is one aspect where Bayside have reached for the stars on ‘Killing Time’, it is in its choice of producer. Having worked on the Pixies’ ‘Doolittle’ and Foo Fighters’ ‘The Colour & The Shape’, iconic Brit Gil Norton is an intriguing step up. Norton or otherwise, Bayside begin their fifth LP just as they have their previous releases: Strongly. The blistering one-two punch of ‘Already Gone’ and ‘Sick, Sick, Sick’ are energetic & exciting, with the former containing Raneri’s passionate vocals, biting lyrics and a catchy sing-along chorus. Sure to be a live favourite, ‘Sick, Sick, Sick’ then follows by taking the punk ethic a step further with the titular gang vocals. Later, the rip-roaring ‘The Wrong Way’ repeats the dose, but adds a flamboyantly satisfying Jack O’Shea solo to proceedings. The nuggety, under-rated axe-man is arguably given his brightest spotlight here and resoundingly comes through with the goods.

Norton’s main priority is assisting the band in their attempt to blend aggression & melody. For the most part, he does a great job, but there are occasions where the balance is not quite achieved and tracks fall back on the quality of their songwriting. Detractors will point to the mid-tempo pace of ‘Mona Lisa’ and have nightmares of Norton’s work on Funeral For A Friend’s ‘Tales Don’t Tell Themselves’. However, it’s the kind of infectious tune that will have you humming its accessible melody days later. The album’s main issue lies elsewhere, in what can arguably go down as the closest Bayside have ever gone to recording filler. ‘The New Flesh’ is predominantly ineffectual, while ‘Sinking and Swimming on Long Island’ tries to patch up its cracks with closing “woh woh’s”. Furthermore, while a ballad was required to mix things up, ‘On Love, On Life’ borders on dull, even when piling piano, strings & horns into the mix.

Ultimately, ‘Killing Time’ is another solid collection of songs from Bayside… Yet another base hit, but still no game-winning home run. It is doubtful that it will convert detractors or attract a plethora of new admirers. However, it has that nice amalgam of familiarity & progression which should appease loyal fans. The morbidly emo-ish lyrics that once earned them comparisons to Alkaline Trio may have given way to more world-weary issues (although the “cyanide perfume” line on ‘The Wrong Way’ is a winner), while the rougher musical edge has undoubtedly been granted a hard-rock like polish up. Yet, at its heart, ‘Killing Time’ is still definitively Bayside, which means the robust songwriting & musicianship that has been evident throughout their career, pleasingly also exists here.

Recommended Tracks: Already Gone, The Wrong Way, Sick Sick Sick & Killing Time.



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Athom
Staff Reviewer
February 17th 2011



17125 Comments


These guys are so ridiculously consistently good, but they've yet to wow me.

Digging: Sad Lovers and Giants - Feeding the Flame

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
February 17th 2011



20829 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

These guys are so ridiculously consistently good, but they've yet to wow me.

=

Bayside score another base hit, but there is still no game-winning home run.

cvlts
February 17th 2011



8917 Comments


right when I was thinking this was something special.

Digging: As Cities Burn - Come Now Sleep

Athom
Staff Reviewer
February 17th 2011



17125 Comments


hahaha pretty much. you hit the nail on the head with that one!

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
February 17th 2011



20829 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's really good, but I'd argue against it being something special.

I should have also noted in the review that this is their shortest album at 10 tracks & 36 minutes.

cvlts
February 17th 2011



8917 Comments


I still cried...

loveisamixtape
February 17th 2011



5784 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

love this album.

ant4tbc
February 17th 2011



373 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

is there a stream?

Hep Kat
February 17th 2011



14026 Comments


ive never cared for this band, but i'll prolly check this out for shits n gigs. i'll admit they're not bad live though

Digging: Fucked Up - Year of the Dragon

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
February 17th 2011



20829 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

There's crying, there's love... It's oh so romantic.

Nope, no stream as yet ant4tbc.

Bayside are definitely an acquired taster HK. Although, most who don't like them can't get over Anthony's voice initially... Which I doubt is your reasoning.

CrackTheSkye
February 17th 2011



726 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It is streaming on their MySpace now. Will have to check this because it is Bayside and it is bound to be good.

Knott-
Emeritus
February 17th 2011



10194 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

This is a good review but I really think it's a 4.

Also the track listing sucks. The 3rd quarter is so weak.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
February 17th 2011



20829 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ta CTS, I wasn't aware of that, although I thought it could be any day now.

Thanks Adam. As already discussed, I really like the closer, but totally agree re: tracks 8 & 9 being placed together.

theacademy
February 17th 2011



27703 Comments


their s/t is 'wow' worthy imo



DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
February 17th 2011



20829 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Actually, I should clarify that... I rated their self-titled a 4.5, so I guess that's a home run (if not a grand slam)... But you could get 100 Bayside fans into a room, ask them what is their fave Bayside album & you'll get an even split.

IRAI
February 17th 2011



1567 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

They havent made a bad song and theyre all really #1 in my book, but if i HAD to pick an order for the albums:

Sirens and Condolences
S/t
Shudder
Killing Time
Acoustic (if you count it)
TWW

i havent had as much of a chance for the new one to really sink in, so its still tentative, it might move past Shudder soon.

S&C is my personal favorite for sentimental value, and it being the album i got into them with back in '03...


DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
February 17th 2011



20829 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Bring on the ordering. Mine would probably be:

S/t > Shudder > Acoustic > The Walking Wounded > Killing Time > S&C

But the gap between #2-#6 is fairly miniscule.


IRAI
February 17th 2011



1567 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

it just seemed like they tried to be poppier with TWW, and it didnt work for me. but the more punkier/rockier half of the album was great.

my other apprehension was the new drummer. he seemed to get a little caught up in just being rudimentary with his drumming patterns and structure. which was blown to pieces on shudder, and even more justifiably so here on Killing Time.

just listen to how much more comfortable he feels on shudder compared to TWW

S/t brings the beef though. i managed to see them a couple times with Beatz on the kit. he was a beast.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
February 17th 2011



20829 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, I wouldn't call it more "poppier" on TWW. There was quite a fair bit of experimentation on that album... But they also wanted to move forward after the accident, so I felt not all of it was (for want of a better word) natural.

I actually wanted to mention the drumming here, which is really energetic & fits the album well. The guy is really top-notch live too.

IRAI
February 17th 2011



1567 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

call it what you will, if they continued deeper into that experimentation, it might have led to some fans jumping ship. luckily, Shudder happened, and i didnt have to worry anymore.



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