I’ve been going to The Bouncing Souls Home For The Holidays since the band started the Asbury Park tradition back in 2007. This year, I decided to go on Saturday due to the fact that both the World Inferno Friendship Society and The Low Budgets were playing it. I got to the Stone Pony right as The Low Budgets took the stage.
The Low Budgets:
Viva valu-rock! I’ve loved Philadelphia’s Low Budgets from the moment I saw them live back in 2003 with their goofy songs about being broke, dead kittens, and craft fairs. Catching them a few times up until they announced they were calling it a day back in 2008, I was pretty sure I would never get to see them again. One of the main reasons I picked this night for Home For The Holidays was because of these guys, especially because I couldn’t make their Philly warehouse show a week beforehand.
The room was filling up as they started playing, with Joe Jack Talcum of Dead Milkmen fame in the center of the stage with his keyboard. It seemed like most of the people there weren’t sure who they were, but there were definitely a bunch of us who were singing along to each word, and most people seemed to be digging them. Playing songs off all three of their full lengths, the band put on a solid show and I’m really kicking myself for missing the Philly one which was definitely rowdier. It’s a shame that this was just a one-off reunion, The Low Budgets still slay live.
Setlist (From what I remember, not in order):
O.E In The A.M
Stupid Dead Kitty
Rock N Rollers
Miss TK and The Revenge:
I’ve never heard of Asbury Park’s Miss TK and The Revenge before, but apparently they featured both Ari Katz (vocalist of Lifetime) and his wife Miss TK. Playing a sort of synth-punk style that reminded me a bit of Le Tigre or later No Doubt, it wasn’t my particular style, but they definitely weren’t bad by any means. Bonus points for having enough cowbell to make even Blue Oyster Cult jealous.
The World Inferno Friendship Society:
The World Inferno Friendship Society has gone through numerous lineup changes throughout the years, but yet they remain to be one of the most consistent live bands around. Taking the stage and opening with their call to arms “Tattoos Fade”, the place immediately erupted into a frenzy of crowd surfing, dancing, and singing along. A World Inferno show may seriously be the only place where you’ll see people go from moshing to waltzing within the same song.
Vocalist Jack Terricloth and crew were on point with their both their music and quips. Between telling the bouncers guarding the stage that the “the kids just want to dance”, and then joking with the bouncer throughout the set, it was definitely amusing to watch. With people climbing the rafters and Jack stage diving into the crowd during the last song, The World Inferno Friendship Society is always just the best party.
Setlist (From what I remember)
Annie The Imaginary Lawyer
Just The Best Party
My Ancestral Homeland, New Jersey
Secret Service Freedom Fighting USA
Brother Of The Mayor Of Bridgewater
The Bouncing Souls:
Before the Souls took the stage, the place was already getting rowdy with chants of “OLE” and “Here We Go” breaking out throughout the crowd. The Souls finally took the stage, and announced that this might be their last Home For The Holidays (boooo), and opening with “Joe Lies (When He Cries)”. The place immediately broke out into a frenzy. The Souls didn’t let up for the entirety of the night playing songs mostly from their earlier releases with an emphasis on How I Spent My Summer Vacation.
Greg seemed lively jumping into the crowd a few times, running around the stage, and all around having a blast on stage. The majority of the night was a blur for me as I danced and yelled along, but one thing is for sure: Home For The Holidays is one of my favorite shows, and I’ll be pretty bummed if this is the last one. The Bouncing Souls are easily my favorite band and have been for nearly 16 years now, and there’s just something special about seeing them in my home state of New Jersey.
Setlist (Not in order)
Joe Lies (When He Cries)
Punks In Vegas
Kate Is Great
Kids And Heroes
Sing Along Forever
East Coast! Fuck You!
The Something Special
Quick Check Girl
Born To Lose
Lean On Sheena
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