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It would be easy for The Bouncing Souls to rest on their laurels when celebrating their 30th anniversary. After all, over those past three decades, the New Jersey punks have released ten full-length albums, toured all around the globe, and become one of the most respected bands of their scene. It would have been easy to sling together a selection of their best known work, write a new song or two, and hit the road for a nostalgia tour. But that’s not who the Bouncing Souls are and it’s not who they’ve ever been. Instead the four-piece—vocalist Greg Attonito, guitarist Pete Steinkopf and bassist Bryan Kienlen, who started the band in 1989, and were joined by drummer George Rebelo in 2013—decided to share Crucial Moments with the world. The new six-song EP captures who the band are now, and its accompanying book looks back on who they were and where they came from.
“We all loved how it worked as a 30 year concept,” says Attonito, “Because it encompasses everything— the personal moments that we have with ourselves and how we’ve grown in life, and also the bigger picture where we’ve had these special moments interacting with people who love our music.” The band started collecting what Attonito terms “snapshots” from friends and fans about the role, however large or small, that the Souls had played in their lives. They soon realized that an actual narrative was emerging, one that could trace the impact they’d had over their three decades, cobbled together from all those “crucial moments.”Attonito explains, “One of the conversations we had at the very beginning was to not just make it about us. We’ve talked about ourselves for 30 years – so let’s let everyone else that cares enough tell our story. We wanted it to be primarily fan stories, as well as bands and friends – they know our story because our songs are telling our story. We collected them for over a year and it was such a treat, it’s unreal how meaningful it is.”
Recorded by Will Yip in August of 2018, the six-track Crucial Moments EP captures the same youthful abandon that has defined the Bouncing Souls since their very early days. And this energy shows no signs of diminishing: the EP also showcases a highly experienced band that’s still excited to grow. These songs are a wholehearted, fully-realized part of the Bouncing Souls canon, offering the winning familiarity of the band’s most defining traits and bolstered by a career’s worth of expertise. “Crucial Moments” and “Favorite Everything” are full of the romantic innocence that flows through the bands most wistful and nostalgic songs—that imperative sense that life is something to be experienced right now because if you don’t you may never get another chance. That’s also true of the chugging lament of “Home”, a slow but defiant anthem that explodes both wistfully and hopefully at the end. Elsewhere, “1989" is a breakneck, boisterous quasi-hardcore song that, musically at least, could have been written that very year. While the lyrics are a bit more wistful than, say, “I Like Your Mom”, from the band's 1994’s debut, The Good, The Bad, And The Argyle, it’s clear that despite 30 years of change, this is the same band at heart.
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Crazy & The Brains
Higher Ground Ballroom
1214 Williston Road
South Burlington, VT, 05403