New Jersey’s punk rock legends, THE BOUNCING SOULS, have teamed with SPIN to stream their milestone tenth full length album, Simplicity. Due out July 29th, via Rise Records, Simplicity more than proves that The Bouncing Souls are just as vital as ever.
Longevity is a rare accomplistment for a punk rock band, but The Bouncing Souls have not just survived, they’ve also maintained an impressive level of consistency in quality throughout their 27 years as a band. On Simplicity, the band takes elements from their entire career and combines them to make an album that SPIN says “harkens back to the breakneck aesthetics of their earlier work” but “never sounds stuck in the past.”
Preorders for Simplicity are available now. The Bouncing Souls will be hitting the road next week with upcoming European and UK tour dates, as well as US shows, including the band’s own Stoked For The Summer shows in Asbury Park, NJ.
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, butSimplicity‘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 LPsHow 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.
07/28 Asbury Park, NJ @ Stoked For The Summer w/ Beach Slang, Cayetana
07/29 Asbury Park, NJ @ Stoked For The Summer w/ Rocket From The Crypt, The Explosion, The Flatliners
08/02 Huddersfield, UK @ The Parish
08/03 Glasgow, UK @ Stereo
08/04 Blackpool, UK @ Rebellion Festival
08/05 Bristol, UK @ The Exchange
08/06 London, UK @ Underworld
08/07 Kingston, UK @ Fighting Cocks
08/09 Tomlin, SI @ Punk Rock Holiday Festival
08/13 Atlanta, GA @ Wrecking Ball Festival
09/17 Los Angeles, CA @ 3rd Annual Horton’s Hayride
09/28 Hamburg, DE @ Markthalle *
09/29 Berlin, DE @ Lido *
09/30 Hanover, DE @ Faust *
10/01 Amsterdam, NL @ Melkweg *
10/02 Antwerpen, BE @ Zappa *
10/04 Cologne, DE @ Luxor *
10/05 Karlsruhe, DE @ Substage *
10/06 Lindau, DE @ Club Vaudeville *
10/07 Schweinfurt, DE @ Alter Stattbahnhof *
10/08 Munich, DE @ Backstage Halle *
10/09 Vienna, AT @ Arena *
* w/ The Menzingers, Roger Harvey