To mark 20 years, the EP will be re-issued for the first time, redesigned and remastered for a vinyl-only release. It will be available for pre-order and only pressed for the amount of pre-orders received with sales closing on May 20, 2013. Pre-orders are available now at Chunksaah.
In addition to this, The Good, the Bad, and the Argyle and Maniacal Laughter are also being re-issued on a limited vinyl on Chunksaah. Details of those re-issues will be forthcoming shortly.
You can click Read More to see the band's true, honest feelings about The Greenball Crew E.P., but here's an excerpt from guitarist Pete Steinkopf:
What can you say about The Greenball Crew EP that hasn't been said before? Haha! It kinda sounds like crap and the songs are pretty scattered, but it has a few gem moments.
Full text of the thoughts of Pete Steinkopf (guitar), Bryan Kienlen (bass), and Greg Attonito (vocals) concerning the re-issue of The Greenball Crew EP.
Pete Steinkopf: What can you say about The Greenball Crew EP that hasn't been said before? Haha! It kinda sounds like crap and the songs are pretty scattered, but it has a few gem moments. We were trying to find our identity as a band, pulling from our influences that were all around us. It was a learning experience for what was yet to come. For better for worse, whether you love it or you hate it, it captures an important transitional period In the story of The Bouncing Souls. Ladies and gentlemen, for the first time ever on vinyl... The Greenball Crew EP!
Bryan Kienlen: The Greenball Crew EP is a lot of things, but mostly it's a snapshot of four guys learning how to play music. To be fair, this collection of songs does have its moments, but we've generally regarded it as a real turd. But there's no accounting for taste and if anyone genuinely digs it, then more power to 'em. In addition to blindly feeling around in the dark for how to write songs, it was a real learning experience in the whole process of recording and releasing a CD on our own. By the time this thing came out, the songs were years old and we had already turned a corner as a band, finally finding ourselves with the writing of "Joe Lies" (our self-proclaimed "first good song"), among others, and wanted nothing to do with these weird old songs. Only 1,000 copies were pressed, most of them selling right away at the release party at Trenton's legendary City Gardens. We sold the remainder on our first U.S. tour (with our fellow New Brunswick punks and new friends, Lifetime), and decided never to re-press it. We even went so far as to start recording over the master copy to save money. Despite the demand, we thought is best that the world not be exposed to such sonic lameness. Had it not been for K8, we would never have re-released it; but it is hard to say no to K8 when she asks us all sweet and stuff.
Greg Attonito: The idea of re-releasing The Greenball Crew EP truly makes me cringe. Mostly because all of the memories I have about the recording process and the general state of The Bouncing Souls at the time are far from fun. Everything about making the record was difficult. We got a "discounted" hourly rate in a studio in Philly because they were "working out the kinks" on a new mixing desk. The engineer who was assigned to us really did not give one shit about us or our record and I don't know if I blame him because we weren't that stoked either. We were bored of the songs by the time we were recording them and I think we were ready for a new phase of existence and some new energy... but I think we all knew subconsciously that we had to get all the existing songs down before we could move on to the next thing. It was painful. Long drives to Philly then sitting around in the studio for hours trying to get the "kinks worked out" of the board. I've blocked out most of the details but the overall misery is what I remember. Today I look back on that time as an invaluable learning experience so I would say I respect and honor The Greenball Crew EP but its hard for me to say I love it. Many necessary lessons in record making were begun at that time so without The Greenball Crew EP there would not be all the records that followed. I'm happy people enjoy the record and I'm really happy to announce the 20 year anniversary of its release. Nothing truly good comes easy.