The product of writing and recording when inspiration strikes, The Red EP is the first of hopefully many short collections of music from Bayside. Composed of three tracks, the EP is truly the band at their best – embracing their darker, heavier side with “Strangest Faces”, creating a soon to be fan-favorite with “Good Advice” and closing things out with the lyrically powerful “Just Like Home”.
Kicking things off is “Strangest Faces”, which the band released earlier this year. Carried by darker guitar work and ominous vocals, “Strangest Faces” is easily the most dynamic song on the EP, setting the tone for the songs to follow and seemingly marking a new chapter for Bayside. Meanwhile, “Good Advice” finds the band leaning into what they do best: creating a song that fans are going to want to belt back at them at a live show, as Anthony Raneri asks, “Why’s good advice so hard to come by?”
Bringing the EP to a close is “Just Like Home” which feels like the perfect blend of the first two songs. While short, The Red EP marks the beginning of plenty of more great new music to come, as the first round of recordings for Bayside’s new project, and the future looks incredibly promising.