True to the still-decommercialized nature of their genre, you won’t likely hear their music on radio. But when Bayside and co-headliners Say Anything hit Buffalo for a May 10 show, Town Ballroom is likely to be jammed with devoted fans.
Many of those fans will be in their mid-20s or older and have grown up with Bayside, which first entered the scene in 2004 with its debut album "Sirens and Condolences." Since then, the band’s Anthony Ranieri has emerged as one of the leading frontmen in the alternative scene. The band has been on the Vans Warped Tour four times and released seven albums culminating in its 2016 album, "Vacancy," which stays true to the sound that fans have come to expect. The songs driven by Ranieri’s lyrics are cynical, introspective and poetic, best shown in “Mary” where Ranieri sings, “I ran into her in Union Square/ her starry eyes were looking dim and scared/ with a cigarette providing all the light.”
Co-headliner Say Anything matches with Bayside’s aggressive energy and deep-cutting lyrics. The Los Angeles-based band was founded in 2000 and has released seven solo albums since. Last year, the group surprised fans by dropping its most recent album," I don’t think it is," without warning. While fans will recognize vocalist Max Bemis’ usual energy and wit, the urgency and aggression of this album brings an unpolished and raw element to the music that was not present in some of the band’s earlier albums.
Info: Bayside and Say Anything perform at 7:30 p.m. May 10 at Town Ballroom (681 Main St.). The show is opened by pop-punk band Reggie and the Full Effect. The show is sold out. For info, visit townballroom.com.