Bayside stop at Wilkes-Barre’s Gallery of Sound Aug. 22 to promote ‘Vacancy’
WILKES-BARRE — Less than a week removed from the Aug. 19 release of their new album “Vacancy,” four-piece punk rock outfit Bayside will fill a vacancy on their nationwide tour with an Aug. 22 in-store performance at Wilkes-Barre’s Gallery of Sound.
The 6 p.m. acoustic performance at the local record chain’s 186 Mundy St. location will be followed by a meet-and-greet and signing. Fans who pre-order “Vacancy” on CD or LP will receive a wristband for priority entry; after every fan with a wristband is admitted, the event will be first come, first admitted until the store reaches capacity. According to bassist Nick Ghanbarian, the band sees the in-store performances as different avenues to present their songs.
“They wind up just being like campfire sing-a-longs, which is really cool,” Ghanbarian said. “It’s a special time when the new record comes out where we get to do all these in-stores and meet a small bunch of people and they’re pretty light hearted performances.”
The new album is Bayside’s seventh studio effort, but everything wasn’t business as usual for the band. Every record they’ve made together, from their 2004 full-length debut “Sirens and Condolences” to 2014’s “Cult,” was compiled by Ghanbarian and his band mates during face-to-face sessions. For “Vacancy,” lead guitarist Jack O’Shea, drummer Chris Guglielmo, vocalist/guitarist Anthony Raneri and Ghanbarian had to overcome distance to put together the album’s 11 tracks.
“This is the first record we did where everyone kind of lived all over the country and we were just passing email files around,” Ghanbarian said. “I think for us as musicians and songwriters it was a challenge, which was cool. After 15 years of being a band it was cool to challenge ourselves and put ourselves under some new kind of pressure. None of us are the kind of people who like to rest on our laurels.”
Bayside had a chance to rest — an off-day shortly after the start of their tour with Scranton natives The Menzingers and Connecticut’s Sorority Noise — but they’ll be playing songs and taking photos with fans instead. “Cult,” the band’s previous full-length, is named after its diverse fan base and its “we are a cult” rallying cry, and from in-store sessions to hour-long live video chats on Facebook, Bayside have been accessible leaders. It’s a crowd that Ghanbarian is proud he helped cultivate over years of albums and tours.
“I think we just have people who really appreciate what we do and once they’re hooked they don’t go anywhere and we’re supper appreciative of that,” Ghanbarian said. “We’re just kind of like four normal dudes and that’s what resonates with our fan base. I think our fan base isn’t one specific type of person. Everybody comes to a show and the one thing they all have in common is our music and I think that speaks volumes.”
The cult’s local chapter will meet 6 p.m. Aug. 22 at Gallery of Sound to celebrate the latest entry in the book of Bayside and worship at the altar of live acoustic jams. For more information, call the record store at 570-208-2833 or visit GalleryofSound.com.
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IF YOU GO
What: A live acoustic performance
When: 6 p.m. Aug. 22
Where: Gallery of Sound, 186 Mundy St., Wilkes-Barre
How much: Patrons who pre-order the band’s new album “Vacancy” will receive a wristband for priority entry into the event