Bayside @ In The Venue 10.19

Posted October 26, 2011 in

As far back as I can remember Bayside has been one of my favorite bands. Back in the good ol’ days in Illinois, a friend of mine, Tim, introduced me to Bayside and I was instantly stoked, thinking they sounded a lot like Alkaline Trio. I was a huge Alkaline Trio fan growing up, definitely my number one favorite band as a young hoodlum on the streets. If that hasn’t given you enough of an idea of what kind of music Bayside plays, I would describe it as melodic rock, or a louder Mumford & Sons.

Some pretty traumatic events happened to the band preceding the last Bayside show I attended. On October 31, 2005, their tour van hit a patch of black ice in Cheyenne, Wyoming, leaving bassist Nick Ghanbarian with a broken L-4 vertebrae and their drummer and great friend John "Beatz" Holohan deceased. Shortly after the accident, the band played an acoustic show at The House of Blues in Chicago. This was by far the most emotionally saddening performance I have ever personally attended. In my mind, it was a living funeral for Beatz. You could see a piece missing from lead singer Anthony Raneri and hear the pain and love in his voice. They recorded their album entitled Acoustic, the song “Winter” written in dedication to Beatz. The Band went on in 2006 finding a new drummer, Chris Guglielmo. Since he has been in the band, Bayside has released three additional albums.

As a long time member of the Bayside cult, this was the first time I had seen Bayside since 2005 and I was just excited to get out and have a good time. I had never been to a show at In The Venue, but they had an ICP show last year and the whole juggalo family lined up at Brick and Mortar to use the bathroom hours before the performance (whoop whoop!). That’s how I knew I was going to have fun. When I arrived inside, it was hot, so I headed to the bar. The drinks were kind of pricey, seven dollars for a stein of Coors? But beggars can’t be choosers, so I bought my stein and found a seat in the bar window with a perfect view of the stage. The only downfall to this cozy spot I had found was that the acoustics were terrible. The venue could definitely use some speakers in the bar. It seems the bar wall cuts down a lot of the noise. So I found a less cozy, hotter spot in the middle of the crowd to jam with the rest of the cult.

The vibe of the crowd as Bayside got on stage was boss--this gnarly hardcore band called Transit had opened and got the crowd all hyped up for the main attraction (Saves the Day was also co-headlining). Bayside played a really good set. It was loud, the fans were stoked and the band didn’t miss a step--it was rad. The set played sounded a lot different than that last acoustic set I went to. Raneri sang his heart out and kept the dialogue short. That is how a concert should be, I came for the music! I was really glad to hear a plethora of my old favorites, like “They Looked Like Strong Hands,” “Tortures of The Damned” and “Devotion and Desire.” They also played some songs off of their new album, Killing Time, my favorite being their new single “Sick, Sick, Sick.” Everyone was stoked. The only song I wish I could of heard was that song for Beatz, “Winter.” It is an awesome track and sad but true, everyone has lost a loved one that they could relate it to. All in all, I had a great time and I was glad to attend such a cool event. If you’re unfamiliar with Bayside, check out their website at or youtube them!