01. Apartment 5F
03. New Day
04. Sing Along Forever
06. Inside Out
07. Simple Man
08. Better Days
09. Night Train
10. Todd's Song
11. Blind Date
12. Highway Kings
14. I Get Lost
15. The Day I Turned My Back On You
16. I'm From There
12/16/2007Lean On Sheena
12/16/2007The Pizza Song
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The Bouncing Souls are back with a record that has taken them nearly seven years to complete... Well, not literally seven years, but "Anchors Aweigh" is definitely the end result of nearly a decade of musical evolution, refinement and growth.
"Anchors Aweigh" finds the Bouncing Souls at the pinnacle of their craft. The band's driving, anthemic punk rock style comes tearing through on every single track of the record. Songs like "Kids and Heroes," "New Day," and "Anchors Aweigh" display not only the talent this band posesses, but also the pure enthusiasm they have for making punk rock music of the higest order.
All songs written & rocked by The Bouncing Souls -> "The Pete" Steinkopf -- Guitar, Vocals, Byran "Papillon" Kienlen -- Bass, Vocals, Greg Attonito -- Vocals, Michael McDermott -- Drums
Keys on "Anchors Aweigh" by Bryan "Ham Hands" Kienlen, lead vocal on "Night Train" & "The Day I Turned My Back On You" by Papillon. Hog on "Night Train" -- 'Oz Fxsts Harley Davidson, Thunderheaders SS 570 Cams. Strings on "Todd's Song" by John Angier. Add'l backups on "Highway Kings by John Seymour, Wilkie, Jeffitaph & Madcap! Produced by John Seymour, co-produced by Pete Steinkopf and Bryan Kienlen. All art by Bryan Kienlen, layout help by Ernie Parada (Arsons!) Band photography by Andre Constantini, Roadtrip pictures by Papillon, truck picture by Wilkie, a true road dog. Recorded at Longview Farms Studios, N. Brookfield, Mass. Ass't Engineer Chris Evans. Drum Dr. Carl Plaster. Add'l recording at Water Music, Hoboken, NJ. Ass't engineers: Ted Young & John Bender. Mixed at Big Blue Meenie, Jersey City, NJ. Ass't engineer "Commander" Cody Brown. Mastered by Robert Vosgien @ Capitol Mastering, LA, CA.
Special thanks to Bonnie & our family at Longview, the fireplace, the snow, the beer, the food, the "attitude". Also, Rob & everyone at Water Music, Tim & everyone @ Big Blue! Thanks for the support: Steve & Kurt @ Vans, Nic @ Puma, Doc Martens, Ernie Ball, Steve Dachroeden @ Ampeg, Joe Hibbs @ Premier Percussion, Kevin Radomski @Pro Mark, Kyle & Alex @ Guitar Center, Greg Teal & Bob Hurley E Hurley, Matt Ferguson @ Gibson, West Coast Choppers, Shady Jack's Saloon, Queens Co. Cycles, Sandi Stern & Lucky 13, Dogpile, Fyasko, Crushbomb, ZooYork, Bikes, Booze & the Open Road! Tons of love to everyone @ Epitaph, BYO & Chunksaah! Records. But most of all, our family: K8 is Gr8 (Our Empress Dowager) Margie & Tyler @ Do It Booking, Dave & Sylvia @ Destiny Booking, Wilkie, Bob, Hause, Wig, Jordan, Matty, Downey, Santello, Johnny X, Holloway, Zok, Chunks, Trash, Josh, Russell, Noel, Shanti, Lori, Avery & Suki, WE LOVE YOU ALL, THANKS FOR THE INSPIRATION!!!
In loving memory of Carol McDermott (thanks for our boy)
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US Rel. Date: 08/26/2003
EU Rel. Date: 08/25/2003
John D. Luerssen
A healthy mix of gutter punks, mohawked and suspendered folks with Sex Pistols T-shirts, sorority girls and skateboarders; what struck me was the completely unifying spirit that the band brought out.
Even though genres and bands have segmented and divided the punk scene into cliques and elitists and people who stare at their shoes and smirk at the Fat and Epitaph bands, the Bouncing Souls seem to exist in a vacuum where none of that had ever happened.
Like they were live, their records are honest, neither musically challenged, nor overwhelmingly technical. Simple punk rock songs like the kind bands played before the Warped Tour; before major labels even cared about our scene.
So, while "Anchors Aweigh" does show a new side of the Souls, at it's core, it's still a bunch of friends who clearly play this music because it moves them, not because it moves records.
As it happens, Anchors is a new kind of record for the Souls; it is, as the cliched reviewer term goes "a maturing." A darker side of the Souls has definitely come out, but it's still as interesting and exciting as songs about riding a BMX.
If you've never heard the Souls before, they're best described as a return-to-the-roots band. A core of three chord songs, vocals that hover between a shouting and singing, and big loud drums. On "Anchors..." they've turned down the shout a little, and slowed down a wee bit, but they never lose sight of what brings us out.
Clearly, the influence of world events is weighing heavily on the band, and their is a distinct darkness to the record, but rather than bringing you down, the Souls balance every dark moment with an air of hope.
Starting out with Apartment 5F, a quintessential Souls track, with the loud guitars and hyper speed rhythm section, you would be forgiven if you were expecting a normal record; but as the record progresses to Kids and Heroes, the boys start dabbling with a accutely more mellow side. (That is to say, punk rock mellow, not acoustic crybaby mellow)
Over the next fourteen tracks, the band pulls off early Green Day-ish pop-punk with "New Day, straight up anthemic punk rock on Born Free, graceful Bruce Springsteen references on Simple Man, and The Day I Turned My Back on You and ends on a sad, but hopeful note with the ode to friendship I'm From There.
It truly is a question of luck, or talent when a band branches out like this; will they alienate their long-time fans, will they lose steam, or will they succeed and reach a new audience while pleasing the guys who have been their from the beginning.
As someone who reviewed Manical Laughter for a high school 'zine, and loved them ever since, I feel that I can safely say, that they pulled it off.
Average Fan Rating: 4.83
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