Senses Fail/Bayside with Title Fight and Balance & Composure
October 22, 2010
Bayside: When punk rock judgment day comes, everyone knows which side of the fence BAYSIDE will be on… the legitimate one. The current state of rock music has left acts in a never-ending sea of “genres,” and this current state of affairs has resulted in numerous bands tailoring their look and sound into something that can be labeled. Artists are unjustly pigeonholed and careers are shortened as a result. But amazingly, BAYSIDE has prevailed as rock’s leading indefinable, working class, relateable rock heroes. Senses Fail: Listening to a new Senses Fail album is a lot like reconnecting with an old friend—although there’s a comforting, indefinable familiarity within all of the New Jersey-based post-hardcore quintet’s records, each new creation is a fleeting snapshot of the lives of its makers, indelibly capturing the things that meant the most during your mutual time apart. The band’s third full-length release, Life Is Not A Waiting Room, is no exception. Having the unenviable task of following 2006’s crushing Still Searching, the album showcases the face-melting musicianship and soul-baring lyricism that define Senses Fail.