New Jersey’s very own punk rock mainstays, The Bouncing Souls, recently released their landmark tenth full-length, “Simplicity,” via Rise Records. The long-standing band combined the best elements of their past and present sound to create an album that will translate perfectly into the live setting, and now they’ve announced a run of North American tour dates to put these new songs to the test.
“Simplicity” has been lauded by critics and fans alike for its balanced approach in adding to The Bouncing Souls’ 20-plus year pure punk rock legacy. It’s an album that wouldn’t exist without the ones that preceded it, but still, captures the youthful spontaneity that made The Souls so special in the first place.
The Bouncing Souls will be joined by their talented friends to help celebrate the release of “Simplicity.” The Fall North American tour dates include shows with the likes of Anti-Flag, Off With Their Heads, Masked Intruder, Cayetana, and more. See the full list of tour dates below.
The Bouncing Souls are something of a punk rock institution. The band have been consistently churning out their respected brand of anthemic punk since 1989, and have earned an intensely loyal fan base with tireless touring and an unrelenting love of making music. As the band approached the creation of their tenth full length, they sought to make a record that captured the spirit of their earlier work, while incorporating who they are today. That record is “Simplicity” and its 13 tracks of undeniably infectious punk rock prove that The Bouncing Souls have a lot more to say.
In making “Simplicity,” The Bouncing Souls set out to write songs that, first and foremost, would translate into the live environment. With over 20 years worth of anthems under their collective belt, it’s a challenge to write a setlist that incorporates newer material, but “Simplicity’s” many standouts are more than up to the task. Next, the band enlisted the help of producer John Seymour, who manned the mixing boards for their fan favorite LPs “How I Spent My Summer Vacation” and “Anchors Aweigh,” to record the album with all of the raw energy of the live performance. The production of “Simplicity” perfectly embodies the band’s bite and power, the driving guitars, prominent bass, rock-solid drums, and soaring vocals all cutting through with no unneeded studio shine. From speedy hardcore-influenced ragers, to comparatively tender punk ballads, “Simplicity’s” dynamics show every side of The Bouncing Souls.
On “Simplicity,” The Bouncing Souls do what so few long-running bands can accomplish: they utilize all of the skills and lessons that come from over 20 years of making music, while still capturing the reckless spontaneity of their past work. That delicate balance can only be found if there’s a sincerity in the songs that comes from a genuine love of playing music together, and The Bouncing Souls have that in spades.
If you love pure, real punk rock, you definitely won’t want to miss out on “Simplicity” which can be purchased from all major music sources. You can check it out streaming here on Spotify.
11/16 Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom #
11/17 Chicago, IL @ Double Door #
11/18 Chicago, IL @ Double Door #
11/19 Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew’s Hall #
11/20 Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls ~
12/09 Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage *
12/10 Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer *
12/12 Buffalo, NY @ The Waiting Room *
12/13 Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace *
12/15 New York City, NY @ Irving Plaza ^
12/16 New York City, NY @ Irving Plaza %
12/17 New York City, NY @ Irving Plaza +
# w/ The Flatliners, Cayetano
~ w/ The Flatliners, Homeless Gospel Choir
* w/ Masked Intruder, Off With Their Heads
^ w/ Off With Their Heads, The Scandals
% w/ Masked Intruder, Crazy, and The Brains
+ w/ Anti-Flag, Up For Nothing