The Bouncing Souls have been one of my favourite bands for over 10 years now. I’ve seen them live countless times, I’ve made some of my best friends because of them, I’ve even met them a few times.
The first album I ever bought by the Bouncing Souls was “Hopeless Romantic”.
I’d heard the title track on a Punk-O-Rama compilation and thought it was pretty rad, but I didn’t really get into them until one day I found myself in a record store, looking for something new to buy so I had an excuse to talk to Hot Dave, my record store crush at the time. I remember him telling me it was one of his favourite albums. It’d only been out for a little while, I lived in one of those areas where if it wasn’t the most current album good luck finding it. As it was the punk selection was very limited.
It starts with a record crackle. Even on the vinyl. Which is pretty funny because one day it will crackle anyways. I was hooked from first listen. To this day I think it barely goes by a week that I don’t listen to at least one track from this album.
I remember in high school my friend Fran and I were pretty obsessed with the song “You’re So Rad”. Especially the line “if you were a fabric you would be plaid, because everybody knows that plaid is so rad”.
A lot of my favourite memories involve the Bouncing Souls in some way.
I remember driving around with my little sister, singing along to “Wish Me Well (You Can Go to Hell)”. I remember meeting them at an instore and having Bryan marvel at the way lines work. “You were over there, now you’re over here!”. I remember being drunk with my friend Vivien and heckling them and offending Greg a little bit.
Earlier this year while I was in Boston I was lucky enough to see the first two nights of their “Songs for the Unheard” tour. Playing all 8 albums back to back. The second night was “Maniacal Laughter” and “Hopeless Romantic”.
I’m a dork and I wear red shoes because of them and I even have a Bouncing Souls tattoo.
Thank You Bryan, Pete, Greg, Michael and Shal for giving me some of the best music. I’ll sing along forever. xo