Bay­side: Killing Time

Townsville Bulletin - - Savvy -

New York’s Bay­side has ev­ery right to mark this down as a ca­reer-defin­ing al­bum, a swift punk-rocker clock­ing in at 38 min­utes with 10 tunes leav­ing the stu­dio in a pool of sweat. Kick­ing about for a decade, the band steps up with a new la­bel and a much bolder, hot­ter sound in Killing Time. It’s all nipped, tucked and pol­ished with a solid thread by gun pro­ducer Gil Nor­ton ( Pix­ies, Foo Fight­ers). Fist­pump­ing opener Al­ready Gone sets the crack­ing pace, Sick, Sick, Sick grinds out some spank­ing gui­tar riff­ing and har­monies that fat­ten up front­man An­thony Raneri’s red-hot vo­cals, and an­themic rocker It’s Not a Bad Lit­tle War is the al­bum’s stand­out mo­ment. It’s a big sound that should mag­ne­tise many, par­tic­u­larly planet emo. – SCOTT POD­MORE

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