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Bouncing Souls, Andrew Jackson Jihad Live In New Jersey (7/17/15)

I don’t head out to NJ’s Starland Ballroom very often anymore, it’s a bit of a ride and a bigger venue.  But I’ll make an exception for those fucking New Jersey mooches The Bouncing Souls.  When I first bought tickets to the show when it was announced, I was thrilled as a NJ born and bred punk kid, they’ve been my favorite band for many years now.

But when The Bouncing Souls announced that they were playing How I Spent My Summer Vacation in it’s entirety, I was pretty pumped: last time I tried to see this album in it’s entirety (exactly 4 years and 2 days of the show) I shattered my arm and had to leave early, eventually needing about 20 screws and 2 steel plates.   I wasn’t planning on crowd surfing this time, and kept it in the pit.

My girlfriend and I got to the venue and while it wasn’t sold out, it was decently packed.  I got there right as folk punks Andrew Jackson Jihad were setting up.

Andrew Jackson Jihad:

Andrew Jackson Jihad

I caught Andrew Jackson Jihad once before, and they put on a killer show so I was excited to catch them again.  The band was on stage when the Starland Ballroom screen lifted, to which they made of fun a bit and instantly kicked into their folk punk tunes to a very receptive crowd.  With many shouting along, they played a killer set with plenty of energy (with the singer doing somersaults to lighten up the rather somber yet epic closer “Big Bird”).

Andrew Jackson Jihad are easily one of the best live folk punk bands around, and if they come around your area, go check them out.

Linda Ronstant
Big Bird
Gift Of The Magi 2: Return Of The Magi

The Bouncing Souls:


After a few good chants of OLE and Here We Go as is custom before their set, The Bouncing Souls took the stage and immediately broke into “That Song” which had us in the crowd singing and moving throughout their set playing How I Spent My Summer Vacation.  The set was a bit of a whirlwind, and every song had people dancing.  Greg seemed more energetic on stage with the mic, even diving into the crowd at one point.

After the Souls finished up How I Spent My Summer Vacation closer “Gone”, they left the stage for a bit to chants of Here We Go.  When they announced the show, they said they were going to showcase some new songs as well, but they definitely surprised me by playing a bunch of other songs off older albums as well.  They took the stage again and started their encore with the Ramones cover (who were covering Bobby Freeman) “Do You Wanna Dance?”

The new songs that the band played were actually pretty tight, and sounded much more like the traditional Bouncing Souls that I know and love.  Minus a few songs, I wasn’t the biggest fan of Comet or the slower songs from Ghosts On The Boardwalk but loved the song they did on their latest Shocking Split with The Menzingers so I’m excited to see what they’ll put out next.  Oh, and they played my favorite song ever “The Freaks, The Nerds, And The Romantics”?  Yeah, I’m happy.  Bonus I didn’t break my arm this time around

Setlist (Mostly Complete, Order might be off):

How I Spent My Summer Vacation Set:
That Song
Private Radio
True Believers
Better Life
The Something Special
Broken Record
Break-Up Song
Streetlight Serenade (To No One)
Late Bloomer
No Comply

Do You Wanna Dance (Ramones/Bobby Freeman cover)
Sing Along Forever
Say Anything
New Song
Hopeless Romantic
Quick Check Girl
East Coast Fuck You
Lean On Sheena (Avoid One Thing cover)
Kate Is Great
Joe Lies When He Cries (I think they did this one)
New Song
The Freaks The Nerds And The Romantics
Here We Go
Night On Earth

Andrew Jackson Jihad – ‘Nother Beer
Bouncing Souls-Joe Lies (When He Cries)

Bouncing Souls “Worst” Album
Bouncing Souls – The Good The Bad And The Argyle
Bouncing Souls Split Series
Bouncing Souls – Comet

Run, Forever – Settling (For fans of Against Me, Andrew Jackson Jihad, The Wild)

If I could describe Run, Forever’s latest release Settling out on Tiny Engines in one word, it would be raw.  As a fan of both their last LP The Devil, And Death, And Me and their split with The Wild, it’s been fun watching these Pittsburgh folk punks evolve.

On Settling, Run Forever extends their sound in every direction.  From the mid tempo, shout along opener “Good Enough” to the incredibly upbeat and optimistic closer “Forget”, we’re treated with plenty of anthematic, folk influenced, punk music.

One thing that really sets Run, Forever apart from other bands are the incredibly raw and emotional lyrics and delivery.  No, not emotional as in the beaten to death cliche of songs about girls and heartbreak, Run, Forever is much deeper than that.  These songs are gut wrenchingly honest, desperate and vulnerable, yet with a glimmer of optimism that shines through.

I’m very picky about the whole folk-punk influenced genre, but Run Forever’s Settling is a perfect example of how to do it right without becoming too predictable or boring.  Definitely give this one a chance.

Run, Forever – Postcards

Aw Shucks, More Punk Rock For You Lovers:
Run Forever/The Wild Split
Mischief Brew
Mixtapes – Hope Is For People

Tiny Engines