Bayside have shared an acoustic version of “Mona Lisa,” taken from the band’s 2011 release Killing Time. The song was re-imagined during the studio sessions for their latest record, Acoustic Volume 2, out now via Hopeless Records. Fans can listen online here, or viaSpotify and Apple Music.
Tomorrow Bayside resumes their first ever full-band acoustic tour in Houston, followed by additional dates in Phoenix, Los Angeles, Portland, Nashville, and more. With an expanded 6-person set up that includes special guest Golds on piano and violin, these shows allow fans to see the band in an entirely new, and incredibly intimate, setting. Tickets and VIP packages can be purchased online at BaysideBayside.com.
Acoustic Volume 2 was crafted in Franklin, Tennessee with Jon Howard, a musician and producer who has worked with Paramore, Dashboard Confessional, and New Found Glory. Howard is part of a hyper local community outside of Nashville that includes members of those bands, as well as Yellowcard, Saves The Day, Grammy winning producer Nick Raskulinecz, and Raneri, among others.
It was liberating for Anthony Raneri (vocals), Jack O’Shea (lead guitar), Nick Ghanbarian (bass), and Chris Guglielmo (drums) to tear down the walls, playing the songs any way they wanted, as though they had just been written for the first time.
In every note of the vibrant Acoustic Volume 2, a record that conjures the spirit of classic performances like Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged or The Cure’s most adventurous outings, Bayside serves up a confident reminder of their firmly established place in the rock music landscape. It’s evident – from all of the lyrics tattooed on fans, the cover version and tributes that permeate YouTube, and the obsessive supporters worldwide – why Bayside continues to thrive on the strength of these very songs.