Bayside have put out a new single (a b-side to be specific), which supposedly calls out "bullshit bands". View their statement below along with our take on this hypocrisy.
"These bands are just writing giant curses on t-shirts and selling it to a kid cause they know the kid is stupid enough to buy it," frontman Anthony Raneri told Billboard on the inspiration behind the track. "You're telling them it's cool to buy a t-shirt to piss their parents off. There's nothing cool about that -- that's mall rebellion. That's not real rebellion. I grew up liking the Smiths, liking Nirvana… I fucking hated Guns N' Roses. It was bullshit, misogynistic, it was fake rebellion -- nothing is more corporate and commercialized."
Speaking of bullshit, let's look the misogynistic lyrics Bayside have written over the years.
I'd grab your head by your hair and I'd hack it off.
And put it on display at the front of the yard
on a stick that's decorated with a little pink bow
and a sign that says "Her friends and family should have taught her more about love."
Do you know that every night I think of ways to get back at you?
I'd sneak into your room, put a pillow over your face, suffocate you.
Rip into your chest and tear out your heart.
To see if you bleed, like I do.
I bet you do.
Tripping over my words and now you're tripping on me. Isn't that funny?
Couldn't you just laugh until you choke?
I wish you would, and your face could match your eyes. Cold and blue and lifeless.
How did I ever fall for you?
So this brings us to the backup of my plan.
Maybe I'll just have to strangle you with my bare hands.
Then you'll have to adhere to my demands
and occupy a shallow grave, as shallow as you are.
"We thought that it was just too obvious and not smart enough to put pictures of the bands we're talking about and want to make fun of," he continued. "So the middle ground is that we used all their fonts to write the words… In the background it's all clips from movies – clips from Idiocracy, clips from Wizards from the '70s, clips from The Three Stooges, clips that sort of told the story from the song."
Even if I don't like it, people are free to wear what they want. Anthony needs to get off his high horse. But what else would you expect from a band who makes unoriginal, derivative music with mediocre lyrics?