Raneri views Bayside's stint on the Warped Tour as his greatest accomplishment.
"That's a dream come true," he said. "That's something that I grew up going to, for as long as I can remember."
But playing Nokia Theatre ranks right up there, he added.
"We're really excited about it. It's by far the biggest hometown show we've ever played."
The name "Bayside" came to Raneri when he and his bandmates were driving around brainstorming.
"I think we saw the train station sign on Bell Boulevard, and we liked the name," he said.
The band cut its teeth playing shows in Manhattan and on Long Island, but had little luck finding a niche closer to home.
"Queens always kind of struggled," Raneri said. "There was this place called the Voodoo Lounge on Bell Boulevard, but for the most part we used to have to go elsewhere."
Now, after years of touring smaller venues in smaller cities, Bayside has found a larger audience. Its MySpace page has 164,000 friends, and the band is preparing to tour Australia, Japan and Thailand.
The band has started using its fame for positive goals, bringing on its tours members of To Write Love on Her Arms, a nonprofit group devoted to helping teens within the emo and indie-rock communities overcome depression, cutting and suicidal tendencies.
Raneri had high praise for Jamie Tworkowski, the support group's founder, who rode with the band during the Warped Tour, selling merchandise to raise money. One night, Raneri said, the band forwarded Tworkowski an e-mail from a suicidal fan.
"Jamie did some research, got the girl's phone number, called her up from our bus and talked her down from our bus while we were driving from city to city," Raneri said. "That's the passion that Jamie has for what they do."
Though its star is on the rise, Bayside hasn't outgrown its roots. The band spends 10 months of the year out on tour, but Raneri and drummer Chris Guglielmo and bassist Nick Ghanbarian, both Long Island residents, like to come back to the outer boroughs to unwind and regroup. Raneri said he does most of his songwriting on the road, but the music comes together in Queens.
"When I come home to my office, I start recording," he said. The recording stayed in Queens, too, for "The Walking Wounded," which was recorded at a studio in Douglaston.
But Raneri admits fledgling bands starting out in Queens face a lot of obstacles.
"Queens is not a hotbed," he said. "I didn't grow up going to school with the guy from whichever band or the guy who wound up starting whichever record label."
Instead, Raneri spent years trying to meet the right people and fall into the right cliques, hoping to further his career.
"You've got to understand that you don't really need a manager," he said. "It's not about who you know. It's about what you do. If you spend your time working on your music and making the best songs you can, using MySpace, you can go out and book your own tours. When we finally just set out on our own, that's when thing started to move along."
Elizabeth Stein contributed to this article.
If You Go: Bayside - with The Sleeping, June, A Day To Remember and Driver Side Impact
Date: Friday, Oct. 26
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Nokia Theater, Times Square
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