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NSS: The Bouncing Souls, 30 Years of Being Music’s True Believers.

NSS: The Bouncing Souls, 30 Years of Being Music's True Believers.

THE BOUNCING SOULS: Messing Up Stuff and Doing Issues RIGHT
A 30 Yr Previous Music Story You In all probability By no means Heard

“Play it protected and don’t make a sound, however not us we gained’t again down…”
Phrases that completely seize the –kick doorways down– spirit of punk rock, lyrics from slightly band from New Jersey celebrating 30 years in 2019.

Beginning that golden punk yr of 1989, the Bouncing Souls (vocalist Greg Attonito, guitarist Pete Steinkopf, bassist Bryan Kienlen, joined presently by drummer George Rebelo ) have been probably the greatest stored secrets and techniques in music. Positive, thirty years as a band means you’ve had some success however they’ve by no means acquired the eye they deserved. No Grammys, no LA radio play, and but they’ve soldiered for the love of what they do. Wikipedia exists to provide the full historical past of the band, I’m solely right here to inform you why they matter, even if it’s simply to me.

LtoR: Bryan Kienlen, Greg Attonito, Pete Steinkopf, George Rebelo

Simply as Rancid, The Ramones, the Descendents, and The Conflict performed their livid unsuitable for the plenty songs; all these punk bands together with the Souls additionally made a couple of anthems that had catchy melody and sharp riffs that emotionally seize you. What the Bouncing Souls do higher than anybody is make music concerning the altering of your life and celebrating if you get by means of the exhausting occasions. Positive there’s a catalog of simplistic songs within the band’s repertoire about driving bikes, chasing women, being from the east coast, and rebelling. However their memorable stuff for the guts is what made them an unique membership. One which opened an odd door for me as soon as.

Again in 2013, I used to be brilliant eyed and naive jurno overlaying my first WWE press convention about Summer time Slam in Los Angeles. Nobody ever advised me anybody who wasn’t doing on-camera interviews didn’t have to decorate like some khaki sporting toolbox. Amid the ocean of cargo shorts and JC Penny (sure that was nonetheless barely a factor again then) shirts, I felt a bit over dressed. Inside my bag was a black zipper hoodie with a small damaged coronary heart drawn the place a pocket sq. would go on a go well with. Whereas the again was adorned by a much bigger model of it which undoubtedly let individuals behind me know the place my coronary heart is.

In case you look intently you’ll be able to see that very same Bouncing Souls damaged coronary heart inked close to the bicep of Phillip “Leisure” Brooks. Probably the greatest wrestlers of all time and comedian ebook author, higher generally known as CM Punk. He’s by no means made any secrets and techniques about how essential music is to him and when he was an indie wrestler, I’d seen him serenaded to the ring by music from Ice Dice to H2o and every part in between together with the Bouncing Souls “True Believer”.

On the finish of press a convention there’s a blob of photographers that hyena over each other to get that sellable shot of the varied expertise. It have to be insane for the topic of their lenses to be bombarded by shouts of “over right here!” “this aspect!” or “look right here!”. Punk to his manners above all the things nature didn’t cater to a single a type of photographers. Being on the surface of the pit, I shouted on the photographers “Say please”. Whereas my phrases might have caught Punk’s consideration, it was my Bouncing Souls sweater that acquired me a phrase with him. He’d flip and say “I’m solely listening to the man within the souls hoodie”. CM Punk granted me an interview and did a plug for my tiny horrible podcast on the time. Being a part of the Stonecutters society of Bouncing Souls followers opened a door to a man whose code I nonetheless admire, however there can be occasions the Bouncing Souls would change my life as they modified their sound.

Take into consideration their very own story for a second. To even attempt to be musicians from New Jersey. Having to reside as much as the likes of Bon Jovi and Springsteen can be formidable to any aspiring artist. Humorous factor is if you take a look at the very early days of the band…they type of sucked. Most of the tunes have been over performed and lead singer Greg Attonito was this bizarre dude in a gown and shaved head ponytail. It was all a part of some conflict of punk and spirituality that made you assume the band may by no means get previous VFW halls and backyards. The legend in accordance with a BYO cut up CD jacket goes that someday Greg discovered an previous go well with in a household trunk. He reduce off his monk hair whip, placed on that go well with and from that day on…The Bouncing Souls by no means sucked once more. I consider it, as a result of to today I’ve by no means stopped eager to take heed to their music.

Personally, I might speak about a 2003 late night time when a thin fats dude in a denim vest pulled me again over to the best aspect of Pier 39 in San Francisco when my no swimming a** was about to toss myself over and the way the primary sight I noticed as my head hit the moist wooden of the wharf was a Bouncing Souls shirt on somebody I don’t assume I ever obtained to say thanks to. However there’s soo a lot music to speak about.

After placing out principally intense punk data with catchy rhythmic shiny spots like “Hopeless Romantic”, “Kate is Nice”, and “Night time on Earth”; The Bouncing Souls launched what I think about to be one of many few good albums any band or performer has. How I Spent My Summer time Trip in 2001 was the primary album with the band’s second drummer Michael McDermitt and the Souls have been one thing reborn.

Lastly understanding that much less could be extra allowed their music and ideas to tackle the life it wanted. The report launches proper out of the gate with a fast-paced jam referred to as “That Track”. A tune that doesn’t depart from the sonic power Bryan, Pete, and Greg had that couldn’t be contained, like water from a leaky faucet. It’s monitor three the place “True Believers” kicks in and also you perceive this isn’t the band cranked as much as 11, it’s an evolution from youngsters being in a band to musicians creating artwork. Each music on that report is its personal story.

These tracks are a few of my favourite tales of by no means being something aside from true to you and taking a leap of religion whenever you’re afraid to develop. At finish resonance level is “Gone” a track for anybody who’s ever felt just like the world makes them lower than. It’s informed in circles the track was made when one of many band members was homeless, and he wrote it as he was on a road nook and he heard some youngsters listening to a music of their parked automotive when a sure music got here on that gave him hope…he needed to put in writing a music that might give others hope. Regardless if it’s true or not, Gone exhibits simply how highly effective music might be for people who make it and for anybody who simply listens to it. “I constructed this cloud, I can break it, the world can’t change how I really feel, as a result of I do know it’s a lie, my coronary heart is actual”, rattling I acquired a chill simply typing that.


Greater than something there was the day I lastly understood why the Bouncing Souls have been it to me. Years of listening to punk rock had lastly caught as much as almost 10 years of working in a spot that simply made me a depressed individual day-after-day of my life. On a chilly November morning in 2010, I’d simply snapped, ripped off an unsightly blue polo and tossed it in a rubbish can. There’s nothing fallacious with working any 9-5 (or for me 6am-2:30), however some individuals simply aren’t wired to punch a clock. Typically you want one thing totally different.

Change is scarier than any horror film. Not everyone seems to be able to it. Motivational books will inform you we’re all finally chargeable for altering our conditions. What they don’t inform you is about is an nervousness the unknown can convey and the doubt you’ll should struggle daily since you opened a brand new timeline. That November morning, I stated my goodbyes to some individuals I might stand and hopped in my tan Corolla. As I sat in that automotive questioning how I used to be going to eat and even what I used to be going to say at my subsequent household reunion of Mexicans who worth 60hr every week jobs greater than something. In my frustration, I’d punched my very own sprint within the automotive then my CD participant kicked on and I heard “I’m leaving every part behind for a peace that I can’t discover.” It might not have made the fears go away however in that second listening to a track referred to as Night time Practice by the band, I felt like I’d made the correct choice.

Simply earlier than Thanksgiving that yr, I’d myspace messaged Bryan Kienlen, from the band. I’d requested him if following my intestine and my coronary heart was proper? Somebody who didn’t know me from a gap within the floor took a minute to inform me what I wanted to listen to. What the Bouncing Souls had been about from their early days sucking at music in New Jersey, you may fall following your coronary heart however it’ll by no means be incorrect. Since 2010, Out of all of the bands, artists, writers I’ve been charmed sufficient to know and speak to chasing a life I all the time needed of telling tales; the Bouncing Souls are the one band I all the time needed to have a dialog with. At the moment with all the things I’ve been via in current occasions, I perceive what Night time Practice as a track means and I’ve a completely new cause to say thanks.

On March 15, 2019, the Bouncing Souls launch a mirrored image of the moments they’ve lived. Their 11th album, Essential Moments, is the musical equal of a private scrapbook of their 30 years as a band. Not solely will it have a number of the most private songs they’ve ever written however there will probably be a collectors guide out there that fills within the story I couldn’t inform right here. By way of previous flyers, informal present photographs, behind the scenes stuff, and hand-written notes, you’ll get a take a look at a narrative. Considered one of progress, pains, friendships, hardships, and above the whole lot else…the music.

As you’re studying this on my birthday at this time, I don’t write this to promote a document. However those that know me past these screens know what a tough yr it’s been and what I’ll need to cope with within the coming months. Regardless of being a jerk, I’ve recognized the worth of claiming please and thanks. As we speak, I’m grateful for my decisions, the issues individuals have put me by way of, the fires I stress over day by day, and the change I nonetheless have to make. I discover myself considering who doesn’t understand how grateful I’m for his or her half in my life and almost 10 years in the past I made a promise. Once I might, I might thank the music, and the individuals who made it, which obtained me and nonetheless will get me by means of the unknown occasions of my life.

Alex’s Bar circa 2008

The Bouncing Souls is probably not probably the most profitable band however they’re one of the crucial inspiring round. Not for being from New Jersey, not for making a few of the greatest albums like Summer time Trip and the unimaginable Anchors Aweigh. This band is my X-Males, they grew up a part of a hated and feared subculture to discover a trigger uncanny about them. Their mark on the world is concerning the factor all of us wrestle with…change, whether or not it’s inner or the state of affairs. Typically as a child you’ll end up alone in a brand new faculty/new metropolis, different occasions you’ll lose the individual you liked greater than something, now and again you’ll look in a mirror and be uninterested in getting referred to as fats. Once you want it, a music will come on the radio and go straight to your coronary heart. There’s a comet vortex magnificence in music that lifts you for the precise purpose you want choosing up off the bottom and this band, my favourite band of all time, are the popes of it.

Thirty years of The Bouncing Souls, and I nonetheless have that very same sweater. – Do it!

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