In between albums, Bayside felt like it should "still spend that time doing something productive." The result is Acoustic Volume 2, a set of 10 favorites and deep tracks done in, as the title suggests, an unplugged fashion, with a lone new song "It Don't Exist." But frontman Anthony Raneri tells Billboard that the set -- whose version of "Sick Sick Sick" premieres exclusively below -- is more than a mere sequel to the 2006 EP Acoustic.
"Much more so than (Acoustic), we really wanted to try to reimagine these songs," Raneri explains. "We decided that nothing has to be on this record. Let's mess around with a bunch of our songs throughout the catalog. If something sounds cool, it's on the record, even if it's not the most popular songs. That was one of the rules we set for ourselves." Raneri also acknowledges some "vanity" in Bayside's approach this time. "We wanted this record to say, 'Look what we can do. We're not just an aggressive punk band. We can take away the speed, take away the aggression, take away the volume and still play and sound really good.'"