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Anthony Raneri

Sorry State Of Mind

Hopeless Records
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

For most, Anthony Raneri is synonymous with the success of long running pop-punk band Bayside. His smooth, calculated and above all sincere vocals make their mark one carefully enunciated syllable at a time in a way matched only by peers like The Smoking Popes and Motion City Soundtrack. Crisp piano ballads add to further emotional peaks without every degrading to the cheesy territory that so many pop-punk bands end up in. Put differently, Raneri offers a plethora of reasons to become a fan.

It’s only natural then than Raneri would explore the possibilities of a solo career on the side. That being said, with the release of his debut EP, Cathedrals, the album wasn’t quite as striking as it perhaps could (should?) have been. While not weak by any means, it just lacked the same conenction typical of Bayside. Fast forward to Raneri’s follow up EP, Sorry State Of Mind, and something seems to have clicked. This time around the tracks sound more genuine, choruses more heartfelt, and melodies crisper.

Starting with the sort of swanky, soulful vocal dominance of nearly-instrumental opener “Smithereens,” the simple but supportive guitar serves to place Raneri’s lyrical talents front and centre from the earliest moment. From here Raneri takes a stab at confronting church authorities in the line, “Any god that don’t work on Sunday, No god that could work for me, You take what was written with man’s hands, How’d you know that was what he means, How could you know any more than me.” His blunt question serves as a quiet departure from Bayside’s more secular content, but maintains an approachable air in his simple assertion over the personal nature of his faith.

Shortly thereafter, “Gone” ushers in Sorry State Of Mind’s first full multi-instrumental track. Meshing combinations of subtle autotuned backup vocals with beats born of soundboard thumps and snaps, Raneri creates the perfect combination of catchy and casual. An acoustic guitar grounds the verse between highly produced choruses, defying convention by maintaining artistic integrity in spite of all the bells and whistles. Conversely, “No Good” follows with one of the disc’s simplest and most emotionally in tune piano ballads. “Take it from me a saint, who hurt the one he tried to save,” sings Raneri as he burdens the weight of misguided intent. For a slow, four-minute tear-jerker, the effect works well.

Of course there are some just plain old easy to fall in with pop-rock goodies scattered about as well. The title track houses perhaps the most upbeat infusion of acoustic strums over Raneri’s bounding piano notes and oh-so-honest vocal delivery. The shout of a jazzy saxophone pipes up at about the midway point with emblematic effect. It’s really remarkable how Raneri commands such tight control over his craft. The same can be said of “I Never Want To Fix Myself Again,” in which Raneri tunefully drags each line’s final syllable across all sorts of escalating and descending octaves.
And if you’re not convinced about Anthony Raneri’s knack for honest and relatable tunes, then just try to resist “Run And Stumble.” Wrapping up Sorry State Of Mind in simple acoustic fashion, Raneri presents heartfelt imagery in a way that reveals the depth of a man in his early thirties finally learning to live life for what it is (the passage about his young daughter being one of the most precious and personal of his career). It’s a track that simply challenges you to embrace life, warts and all, and be a better person.  Ultimately, this unapologetic realism is where Sorry State Of Mind succeeds most readily.

Anthony Raneri’s latest solo outing marks some of his best material to date.  Sorry State Of Mind is personal, reflective and relatable in the best of ways, and is both a no brainer for fans and a wholly appreciable starting point for those curious as to Raneri’s talents.

Video: Anthony Raneri – Sorry State Of Mind

 Anthony Raneri Cover ArtAnthony Raneri, vocalist with Queens, NY pop punk band Bayside, has premiered a new music video.  The video features the song “Sorry State Of Mind” from his sophomore solo record, Sorry State of Mind, due out June 30, 2015 via Hopeless Records.

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Anthony Raneri Signs Solo Deal With Hopeless Records

Anthony RaneriAnthony Raneri, vocalist with Queens, NY pop punk band Bayside, has signed a deal with Hopeless Records to release his sophomore solo record, Sorry State of Mind. The six track EP is due for release on June 30th, and ahead of the drop date he is streaming the first track, Gone, via Billboard.

Check out the stream of Gone here and the full track list and cover art for Sorry State of Mind, below.

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Video: Anthony Raneri – String Me Along

Anthony Raneri has debuted a brand new music video.  The video features the song “String Me Along” from his I Surrender Records EP, Our Voices, EP, released back in November. 

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Anthony Raneri - New Cathedrals

Anthony Raneri

New Cathedrals

Gumshoe Records
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

I’ve always had a lot of respect for Anthony Raneri as a songwriter, and for years I’ve credited Bayside with being one of the bands that helped me make that transition from bad music that no-one should ever admit to listening to, to music that has had a massive impact on me as I’ve grown up. Despite that, I’ve never had the chance to see Raneri perform a solo show, and even if I had, up until recently it would have been Bayside material and nothing more. Whilst those songs sound incredible acoustic, at least from what I’ve heard from even the lowest quality YouTube videos, the idea of new material from theBayside front man had me pretty excited to see what he could do away from a full band effort.

Opening track Sandra Partial is quite possibly one of the catchiest songs you’ll hear this year, and you can quote me on that. The country-tinged, crooning love song is something I doubt anyone expected, but it’s a welcome surprise that sets the bar high for what’s to come. The EP could go one of two ways, and thankfully it goes the right way. Following tracks like Charleston and The Ballad Of Bill The Saintblend darker lyricism with upbeat melodies and hint at a wide range of influences, and if you didn’t already know this was the work of a man that fronts a punk band, I doubt you’d be able to guess. It’s a simple EP, a small collection of folksy songs that maintain a hard done to message – a good example being Please Don’t Leave, a pained, stripped back ‘campfire ballad’ that repeatedly pleads “save this sinking heart from its restraining chest.”

If anyone ever doubted Anthony Raneri’s diversity as a musician, this is solid proof that he’s comfortable with breaking the Bayside mould. In all honesty, it’s not the most memorable EP you’ll ever hear, but ifNew Cathedrals turns out to be merely a preview of what we can expect from Raneri this year, then any other alternative solo artists that are planning on dropping new material in 2012 have to pull some serious surprises out of the bag.

Anthony Raneri (Bayside) Details Solo EP; Debuts New Track

Bayside frontman Anthony Raneri has dated his recently announced first ever solo EP.  The EP will be entitled New Cathedrals and is set to release on January 17, 2012.  The release will take the form of a four or five song EP set to be recorded in Hurley Studios (Costa Mesa, CA) as of December 13, 2011.  Raneri comments: 

“I have been blessed with the most amazing fans who have supported our band and my songs for over a decade. I wanted to prove that music, musicians and fans are all that matters – not labels and suits. I’m doing this on my own because I know that when a musician makes good music and fans support it, you don’t need anything else.”

Check out the brand new song “Sandra Partial” here courtesy AltPress.

Anthony Raneri (Bayside) Announces Solo EP

Bayside frontman Anthony Raneri has announced his intent to release his first ever solo project.  The release will take the form of a four or five song EP set to be recorded in Hurley Studios (Costa Mesa, CA) as of December 13, 2011.  Raneri comments:

 “This has been a long time in the making… I’m going to go into the studio and record four or five unreleased songs that I have written over the last three years. I always wanted these songs to see the light of day but I knew they wouldn’t work for Bayside… As an artist, I wanted to try and challenge myself with some other kind of styles… There is some alt-country style songs, some reggae songs… just some cool music. I have really eclectic musical tastes, so this is my chance to explore creating songs in other styles.”

The album will feature guest appearances by Steve Choi (RX Bandits), Davey Warsop (Beat Union) and Jarrod Alexander (My Chemical Romance, Dead Country).