Live Review: Bayside give a thank you present to their fans
There are bands that have one huge hit, have a few years of fame and disappear off the face of the Earth. Then there are bands that may not be selling out 5K shows every night, but have an incredibly loyal following like Manchester Orchestra, The Menzingers and Queens, NY’s Bayside.
Bayside is without question one of the hardest working bands in the game. And they’re rewarded with a beyond loyal fanbase and longtime career longevity. Their latest tour seemed like a thank you present to that loyal cult like following.
With their latest album, “Interrobang”, dropping just under two months ago on October 4th, The Sinclair in Cambridge was treated to an incredibly intimate show I thought we would never have the chance of seeing again.
The band kicked it off strong with the title track off their new album. An album that is some of the boldest material the band has released to date. The album was definitely a star of the set with lead single Prayers, the crushing Bury Me and Numb amongst others. With the new album only around 36 minutes in length, it was just straight bangers. Bangers cloaking those emotions we’ve always seen interlaced into the tunes the band has always produced. With beautiful lyrics like “Let’s sneak into heaven, are you coming or not,” even emblazoned onto one of their new shirts available at merch. Off the new record, Numb and Heaven are early standouts for me and both were well received by the crowd.
But obviously “Interrobang” is not what put this 20 years in band on the map. A legitimate hits parade rocked the incredibly packed sold out show of a beautiful 550 or so people. Be it long time fan favorite Duality to the brash Sick, Sick, Sick, the voices didn’t stop singing along to the show.
All the way up through the encore, with Just Enough to Love You and of course, Devotion and Desire, off their self titled release back in 2005, the energy in the room was palpable. And if the lineup at the merch stand post performance is any indication of if people are still head over heels for Bayside, it’s clear the band won’t be departing from fan’s hearts anytime soon!