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Fans of the incisive, emotional rock songs by the New York quartet Bayside may be surprised to hear frontman Anthony Raneri open his genre-spanning debut solo EP with “Sandra Partial”, an alt-country song with chiming acoustic guitars and a Bakersfield-flavored backbeat. “The Ballad of Bill the Saint” follows suit, with darker western tones, a baritone guitar lead, and dynamic vocal parts. Still, anyone who fell in love with Bayside’s 2006 unplugged EP will be familiar with Raneri’s approach here. The staccato rhythms and electric guitar upstrokes on “Charleston” recall early Elvis Costello, while the charming and flirty “Please Don’t Leave” might be what Chris Isaak would have sounded like had he grown up 20 years later in the age of post-hardcore pop. For those who prefer their apples falling closer to the tree, “Lead, Follow, Fall” is a full-band affair wherein Raneri returns to the progressively arranged emo of Bayside’s 2007 album, The Walking Wounded.

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Bayside - distortion = this. I'm a huge fan of the acoustic versions of all the Bayside acoustic tracks, so this is gravy. I love it.

Raneri for President

When I heard Anthony was releasing his own solo EP, I knew it would be great, but New Cathedrals has completely exceeded my expectations. The music isn't what his fans are used to in listening to bayside but nonetheless they are catchy, upbeat songs that anyone can listen to. They vary in style and approach, but each song has its own uniqueness to it that comes with anything Anthony writes. Anthony wrote, recorded, and produced the entire project alone, along with self releasing it and sending it out to his fans. He is not only an amazing musician but a good businessman. His hard work shows in this EP and I hope he gets the feedback and recognition that he very much deserves.


Anthony Raneri is easily one of the greatest musicians of our lifetime. He is one of the only true musicians left in the sea of auto-tuned nonsense that we call music today. For over a decade, he has shelled out masterpiece after masterpiece while staying true to his love for the scene and real music, rather than catering to today's electronic generation for the money. Anthony's voice is like a cup of hot cocoa in the dead of winter. I've been a diehard bayside fan since the very beginning (tatted and proud) and i'm excited to say that New Cathedrals is just as incredible as we all knew it would be.


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

A native of Queens, New York, Anthony Raneri got on the music radar of punk fans in the early 2000s as the lead singer and guitarist of the band Bayside. The group -- who had chosen their name as a nod to the neighborhood of their youth -- formed in 2000 and excelled in making moody and emotional pop-punk that bore the influence of bands like the Smoking Popes and Alkaline Trio. By 2012, they had earned themselves a steady following over countless tours, five studio albums, and a handful of EPs and...
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