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.
‘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.
A collection of re-imagined songs from across the band’s discography as well as one brand new track, it secured the #4 spot on the Current Alternative chart, as well as #7 Record Label Independent, #8 on both Top Current Rock and LP Vinyl, and #14 Current Digital, among others. It has been heralded online and in print by Billboard, Newsday, Forbes, Paste Magazine, Spotify’s Punk Unplugged Playlist, and more.
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.
Bayside’s ‘Acoustic Volume 2’ is out now and available here: smarturl.it/AcousticVolume2