Bayside frontman Anthony Raneri’s first solo release, New Cathedrals, will be coming to vinyl via Paper + Plastick Records. The five-song EP, released on January 17, was the subject of critical praise from all over the blogosphere as it preceded Raneri’s run on his Where’s The Band? Tour earlier this year.
The vinyl pressing of New Cathedrals is slated for a June 19 release through Paper + Plastick, which is adding to its legacy of one-of-a-kind vinyl shenanigans by pressing powdered coffee into the wax of this release. The vinyl will smell (but not taste) like coffee, and the record will still be 100% playable. It’s not the label’s first venture into pressing foreign substances into wax, as it has previously pressed the ashes of an 18th Century bible into a Hellmouth LP.
Based on the critical acclaim and wide fanfare of New Cathedrals and the Where’s The Band? Tour, which Raneri headlined along with Matt Pryor of The Get Up Kids, Ace Enders of The Early November, Chris Conley of Saves the Day and Evan Thomas Weiss of Into It. Over It., supplies of the limited vinyl pressing won’t last long.
A few songs from the EP are up for streaming now – the opening, Americana-tinged “Sandra Partial” is spinning on Raneri’s Bandcamp page, while an acoustic version of “The Ballad of Bill the Saint” is on his SoundCloud page and closer “Please Don’t Leave” is on AbsolutePunk.net. A track-by-track feature of Raneri discussing each song is at AlterThePress.
Anthony Raneri – New Cathedrals
Vinyl via Paper + Plastick Records
Available June 19
“New Cathedrals strays in several different ways, but at the foundation is a man who is at the top of his game in songwriting – Bayside or otherwise.” – AbsolutePunk.net’s Jason Gardner
More about Anthony Raneri:
I have spent the last 20 years making music. During the past 11, I have been the singer, songwriter, and guitar player in Bayside. Over the years I have written a lot of songs that I’ve loved, but knew that they didn’t fit into the sound that we have crafted for Bayside. That being said, I have decided to launch a solo project: my outlet for songs that I’ve written that won’t be used for my band. I have a very eclectic taste in music and I love exploring and writing in the various different styles that I enjoy listening to. Since I can’t start a new side project every time I write a new style of song, I have decided to keep my solo project free of a genre classification. As evident on my first EP, “New Cathedrals”, each song differs from each other, whether it be slightly or dramatically. If I write a song and I like it, I’m going to put it out regardless of it being country or reggae.
I have made the difficult decision of going completely on my own with this one. In an effort to keep this project as a true expression of my ideas (not only musically), I decided to release all of the music myself under my own label. In addition to funding this project myself, I am solely responsible for the production of the music, distribution, online stores, social networks, merchandise, advertising and everything else that a band usually has a staff of 50 plus people to do. This has kept me up late at night and worn down the buttons on my computer and phone, but it is, and will continue to be, something that I am proud doing with my own bare hands.
We live in a time where music fans are fed up with being taken advantage of by the people who supply them with the drug that they need to live. Artists are fed up by being taken advantage of by the companies that have become the lifeline that they rely on to make the music that they need to make. I am both the fed up music fan and the fed up artist and I want to prove to myself and everyone like me that all that matters is the artists and the music lovers. Even if I die of exhaustion in the process.
With that said, if you can help and you like the music that I make, please support it. When you buy an EP for $5, I use it in turn to buy a pack of strings for the show that night. When you buy a shirt, you help pay for the cost of mastering. I need the fans and the fans need me.