Punk rock outfit Bayside brought their 15th birthday tour to Boston, MA on Wednesday for a standout night of pop punk/emo music that had a little something for everybody. First off was up and coming Canadian pop punk rockers Seaway, who were introducing themselves to a new audience. Their impressive set won over many in the crowd who were making their way to the band’s merch table to meet them shortly after they finished. Next up were established pop punk band Man Overboard who have grown in popularity in the last few years, and drew out many of their own fans to the House of Blues for the night’s show. Main support came from post-hardcore/emo band Senses Fail who raised the energy level through the roof during their set, with frontman Buddy Nielsen jumping around, doing cartwheels and tossing his microphone about.
Finally it was time for the birthday boys in Bayside to take the stage. With a minimal stage setting consisting of just gear, a Bayside banner and a few lights, Bayside are a band who like to keep things simple and let their music do the talking – and that it did. Drawing from all albums in their discography, it was their 2005 break out self-titled album that got the most attention. The band paid tribute to one of their influences the Smoking Popes by covering their song “Megan” early in the set. During the encore Bayside frontman Anthony Raneri performed the acoustic fan favorite “Don’t Call Me Peanut” from the venue’s balcony.
Bayside made sure to celebrate in style on their 15th anniversary tour, bringing along bands to draw out fans of all ages and all genres. Between the youthful pop punk bands Man Overboard and Seaway they introduced fans to the genere’s future, as well as introducing them to post-hardcore stalwarts Senses Fail. As a whole it was a perfect celebration for a band like Bayside, who’s fans span all ages.
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