By Michael Cerio

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Friday marks the release of Vacancy, the melodic and morose seventh effort from the New York band Bayside.

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Mere minutes before its release, the band debuted a few new songs along with a solid dose of their chest-thumping classic catalog to some familiar faces at Electric Factory in Philadelphia.

“But first, me and Chris woke up and rode our bikes to ReAnimator Coffee” notes Bayside bassist Nick Ghanbarian. “It’s one of our favorite spots.”

It was a busy “album eve” for the boys of Bayside – with an in-store performance and meet and greet with fans – culminating with a set Thursday night at the Factory alongside upstart Sorority Noise and Philadelphia’s The Menzingers.

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“Any interview that I do anywhere, when people ask what’s your favorite venue or city to play, I always say Electric Factory is my favorite” the Bayside bassist explains from the band’s bus before the show. “I love being on that stage, it just feels so awesome to play. This is always a city, and in particular venue that I’ll have circled on the calendar.”

Vacancy finds Bayside in a vulnerable spot. During the process of a divorce, the album was penned by singer Anthony Raneri in a Tennessee apartment, unsettled and unsure of what comes next. The result is some of the most deeply personal music the band has written, which says a lot for a group that trades in heart-on-your-sleeve anthems.

We had a chance to talk with Nick and drummer Chris Guglielmo about Vacancy, their release day rituals, and even roast pork before their Philadelphia show. To hear more, check out the interview below or watch the video here.

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