For over a decade, Anthony Raneri has fronted one of the biggest punk bands in the music scene, but this multi-talented artist has proven he has a few more tricks up his sleeve with the release of his solo EP, New Cathedrals. Released independently on January 17 via Raneri’s newly-minted label, Gumshoe Records. The decision to self-release was any easy one for Raneri. He explains:

“I have been blessed with the most amazing fans who have supported our band and my songs for over a decade. I wanted to prove that music, musicians, and fans are all that matters – not labels and suits. I’m doing this on my own because I know that when a musician makes good music and fans support it, you don’t need anything else.”

New Cathedrals combines Raneri’s extensive punk rock past with newer, more diverse musical genres. From the Americana-tinged country opener “Sandra Partial” to the heavily reggae-influenced “Please Don’t Leave,” these tracks will definitely surprise Bayside fans. Although some songs are rooted in punk (such as the “Lead, Follow, Fall” with its lyrics “Oh say can you see you’re living a lie, fulfilling your destiny?”), Raneri acknowledges that the new style may be unexpected:

“The songs I’ve been recording are songs that I have written over the course of the last few years that I filed away in my memory under ‘Cool song, not a Bayside song, maybe people will hear it one day.'”

To further shake things up, Raneri called in a variety of friends to appear on the recording, including Steve Choi (RX Bandits), Davey Warsop (Beat Union), and Jarrod Alexander (My Chemical Romance, Dead Country).

Raneri wants to make it clear, however, the release of this new EP in no way heralds the end of Bayside:

“I have been playing solo shows for a few years now, and I’m finally going to release some music that way for two reasons: the first being that Bayside has time off between tours and releases, and I don’t like to have time off…The second reason is that I love the sound that we have crafted in Bayside and I think that our fans do also, and sometimes I write songs that I don’t think sound like Bayside songs but I really like them. So rather than change the sound of the band that we have come to love, I figured I would release them under a different name.”

Raneri will be performing this Sunday at the Troubadour as part of the annual “Where’s the Band?” tour. He will share the stage with Matt Pryor of The Get up Kids, Chris Conley of Saves The Day, Ace Enders of The Early November, and Evan Weiss of Into It. Over It. Pick up tickets today to hear Raneri perform a mix of New Cathedrals songs, Bayside tracks, and covers.

For more information on Anthony Raneri: Official Site