Bayside
Covers - Volume 1


3.5
great

Review

by Aaron Arneson CONTRIBUTOR (108 Reviews)
October 24th, 2012 | 126 replies | 5,563 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Bayside travel back in time all the way to the early 60’s to bring us their impressive first collection of cover songs.

For those who are unable to bear the long wait for Bayside’s 6th full length album, the band has taken it upon themselves to release their first collection of cover songs for your listening pleasure. Released on the band’s very own label Gumshoe Records, the EP is a short but enjoyable collection of cover songs that are brought to life by Bayside’s own brand of catchy pop punk.

Although Bayside has picked some rather interesting bands to cover, all the songs prove to be a perfect fit for them. They are able to change the sound considerably from the covers, making the songs their own, but without disgracing the originals. A perfect example can be found in their cover of ‘Movin Out’ (Anthony’s Song) by Billy Joel. The 70’s classic is now full of lively electric guitars and more energy than ever before. Vocalist Anthony Raneri is in prime form, adding spunk to the song with his unique voice. Like many of the songs they are able to spice it up a little, without wandering too far away from the song’s original formula.

The band have always been upbeat and they sound as good as ever on Covers Volume 1. They somehow pack in more fun guitar work, creative drumming and catchy choruses than you would think possible on a fifteen minute release. Perhaps the best of the bunch is their bouncy cover of ‘Olivers Army’. Originally done by Elvis Costello, the band’s cover is a guitar lovers dream come true. In fact, it may even be as good as the original due to the perfect execution and the band’s high energy level. Another standout is the band's take on The Ronette's 'Be My Baby'. The band are able to seamlessly mix their rock edge with the pop song and the infectious chorus has a definite summer vibe making it hard not to enjoy.

Thankfully, the band doesn't falter once on the EP and the other cover songs are just as enjoyable. Whether it’s the blistering guitars in the beginning of the 60’s cover ‘Runaway’ or the slightly more aggressive vocals on the cover of Van Morison’s ‘Wild Night’, the band has enough creativity to make every song work. Obviously most of these covers can’t top the classic feel of the originals, but Bayside are really onto something here. Not only does the EP help feed the starving fans, but it showcases the band’s love for the classics. Hopefully, as the album name suggests, Bayside will release a Covers Volume 2 in the future because this is some of the most enjoyable material I’ve heard from them in years.



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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 23rd 2012



19450 Comments


**note** track 1 was actually originally done by the ronettes my bad. I need to switch that with track
3 but it's not letting me edit it right now.

For those who missed it the album is streaming here,

http://music.aol.com/new-releases-full-cds#/5

There's a few albums streaming there, just gotta pick the one you want : )

Digging: The Who - Tommy

IfYouRun
October 23rd 2012



291 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

My favourite is actually the one you didn't mention, Be My Baby, a cover of The Ronettes. It sounds like a song they wrote themselves and would fit in to their albums perfectly.

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
October 23rd 2012



15789 Comments


kunts, olivers army is one of my favorite songs, they've totally butchered it on that

Digging: Synaesthesia (UK) - Synaesthesia

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 23rd 2012



19450 Comments


Sorry ; ( I like all the songs though, great EP!

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
October 23rd 2012



15789 Comments


damn, wild night too, i hate these cocks

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
October 23rd 2012



15789 Comments


"In fact, it may even be better than the original due to the perfect execution and the band’s high energy level. "

gonna neg u for first time ever man

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 23rd 2012



19450 Comments


Anyone know how I can edit the album tracks? I need to swap the band names for track 1 and 3.

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
October 23rd 2012



15789 Comments


did u add the album ?

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 23rd 2012



19450 Comments


@menawati, sorry bro : (. I haven't heard a whole lot of elvis costello but from what i heard I thought bayside did a great job on the cover. I know this isn't your kind of music though so I see where you're coming from.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 23rd 2012



19450 Comments


yeah I added the album

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
October 23rd 2012



15789 Comments


lol its not that man its just they totally mauled two classics on there

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
October 23rd 2012



15789 Comments


ok go to my albums and reviews in your profile page

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 23rd 2012



19450 Comments


why do you think they mauled them? do you hate the vocals? do you not like the fact that they sound too different from the originals?

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
October 23rd 2012



15789 Comments


Edit My Reviews/Albums click on that and you can choose it from a list

ViralOblivion
October 23rd 2012



7679 Comments


Good review man pos'd

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 23rd 2012



19450 Comments


dude I did that but this album didn't show up lol only the last album I added which was Tony Sly

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
October 23rd 2012



15789 Comments


sounding different from originals is fine, no point in covering it otherwise but to my ears they just turned a couple of classics into pap

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 23rd 2012



19450 Comments


okay well sorry you hate it man

@viral, thanks buddy

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
October 23rd 2012



15789 Comments


ah maybe it wont show up until the admins have checked its a real album, u may need to wait, or just ask on the thread in the forums

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
October 23rd 2012



15789 Comments


wont neg ofc dude review was sound, pos



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