Last year THE BOUNCING SOULS released their tenth full length, Simplicity, on Rise Records. Since then the New Jersey punk rock legends have hit the ground running and show no signs of slowing down. The band have teamed with BrooklynVegan magazine to premiere their music video for “Satellite”, coinciding with the announcement of Stoked For The Summer 2, the second year of the band’s curated hometown show extravaganza at the Stone Pony Summer Stage.
Simplicity has been praised by fans and critics alike for seamlessly blending the best of the The Bouncing Souls‘ past and present, encapsulating the spontaneity of their early material, with the impressive songwriting chops honed through 20-plus years as a band.
Photo by Kaitlin Gladney
Stoked For The Summer 2 is sure to be a night to remember with The Bouncing Souls recruiting their friends in Lucero, The Menzingers, Mickey Rickshaw, and Timeshares share the Stone Pony Summer Stage.
04/29 Meehout, BE @ Groezrock Festival
05/27 Las Vegas, NV @ Punk Rock Bowling
06/14 Attang-Puchheim, AT @ Equalityfestival
06/15 Bensacon, FR @ La Rodia
06/16 Clisson FR @ Hellfest
06/18 Brighton, UK @ The Haunt
06/19 Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
06/20 Derby, UK @ The Hairy Dog
06/21 Norwich, UK @ Owl Sanctuary
06/22 London, UK @ The Dome
06/23 Ysselsteyn, NL @ Jera On Air Festival
06/24 Saarwellingen, DE @ Rockcamp Festival
07/21 Cuxhaven, DE @ Deichbrnad Festival
07/22 Hunxe, DE @ Rurpott Rodeo
07/27 Bangor, ME @ Waterfront Concerts *
07/28 Montreal, QC @ Festival Montreal Baroque *
07/29 Toronto, ON @ TD Echo Beach *
07/30 Cleveland, OH @ Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica *
07/31 Sterling Heights, MI @ Michigan Lottery Amphitheater *
08/02 Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE *
08/03 Philadelphia, PA @ Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing *
08/04 Asbury Park, NJ @ The Stone Pony *
08/05 Brockton, MA @ Brockton Fair *
08/06 Brooklyn, NY @ Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk *
08/08 Chicago, IL @ Huntington Bank Pavillion *
08/09 Milwaukee, WI @ BMO Harris Pavillion *
8/25 Asbury Park, NJ @ Stoked For The Summer 2, Stone Pony Summer Stage #
* w/ Rancid, Dropkick Murphys, Jake Burns
# w/ Lucero, The Menzingers, Mickey Rickshaw, Timeshares
More about the band:
The Bouncing Souls are something of a punk rock institution. The band have been consistently churning out their beloved brand of anthemic punk since 1989, and have earned an intensely loyal fanbase with tireless touring and an unrelenting love of making music. As the band approached the creation of their tenth full length, they sought to make a record that captured the spirit of their earlier work, while incorporating who they are today. That record is Simplicity and its 13 tracks of undeniably infectious punk rock prove that The Bouncing Souls have a lot more to say.
In making Simplicity, The Bouncing Souls set out to write songs that, first and foremost, would translate into the live environment. With over 20 years worth of anthems under their collective belt, it’s a challenge to write a setlist that incorporates newer material, but Simplicity’s many standouts are more than up to the task. Next, the band enlisted the help of producer John Seymour, who manned the mixing boards for their fan favorite LPs How I Spent My Summer Vacation and Anchors Aweigh, to record the album with all of the raw energy of the live performance. The production of Simplicity perfectly embodies the band’s bite and power, the driving guitars, prominent bass, rock-solid drums, and soaring vocals all cutting through with no unneeded studio shine. From speedy hardcore-influenced ragers, to comparatively tender punk ballads, Simplicity’s dynamics show every side of The Bouncing Souls.
On Simplicity, The Bouncing Souls do what so few long-running bands are able to accomplish: they utilize all of the skills and lessons that come from over 20 years of making music, while still capturing the reckless spontaneity of their past work. That delicate balance can only be found if there’s a sincerity in the songs that comes from genuine love of playing music together, and The Bouncing Souls have that in spades.