Bouncing Souls / The Casualties

Bouncing Souls / The Casualties: live in Richmond, VAlive in Richmond, VA (2003)
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Reviewer Rating: 4.5
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Contributed by: sickboiChris
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Wow, its been a few years since the Souls came to Richmond. Since the glory days of Twisters. Wow. I would have never assumed that after the recent success and popularity they have been experiencing that they would make the trek back to our dirty little city. Sure enough, as I am commonly wrong in l.

Wow, its been a few years since the Souls came to Richmond. Since the glory days of Twisters. Wow. I would have never assumed that after the recent success and popularity they have been experiencing that they would make the trek back to our dirty little city. Sure enough, as I am commonly wrong in life, Richmond was named as one of the few cities on a short East Coast tour.

As I made my way into Alley Katz, The Arsons were already on stage. I'm not too familiar with their material, and can't recall much about their set, other than the fact that they covered Dag Nasty's "Wig Out at Denko's" as their second to last song. Not whiny indie rock, but not hardcore either, kinda a weird mix. Not bad.

Now, I am somewhat of a casual Agnostic Front fan. I think I own 2 or so of their albums, but have always held the highest respect for Roger Miret. I have had the Disasters album for a few months now and was really looking forward to seeing the material live. The first thing I noticed was how short Roger is. Damn....really short. But he really puts it all out during performances. The monitors on the guitars were really fucking up the vocals, but overall it was a great set. Pretty much everything I wanted to hear from the album with a surprise cover of the Clash's "Career Opportunities", which sounded incredible. Roger seemed to really get into the set, encouraging everyone to come forward and sing along. Rock.

I got a chance to speak with Roger a little after the set and was pleasantly surprised to hear that their will be another studio album from the Disasters. Killer.

I'm not too big on the Casualties, and don't believe I could name a single Casualties song off the top of my head, but I do have a respect for their music, and their scene. I've seen the Casualties a few times, and they have some of the most loyal, diehard fans I have ever. There are always a few dicks that have the "punker-than-thou" mentality, but overall its always a fun sight to see the varying mohawks and outfits sported by the streetpunks. Good set, lots of energy....the kids seemed to love it.

Hmmm....the Bouncing Souls. I can't say enough good, positive things about these guys. Some of the truest people I think I have ever met. When I think of anyone who really enjoys what they do in life and that has a strong conviction, its the Souls. Thinking about a Souls show just seems to put a smile on my face. As they began to take the stage (a real fucking stage, no barriers, 'no security' [ bad pun]), "Sunny Side of Street" was blaring and the place about erupted before a single chord was strummed....

As the first baselines of "Argyle" began, the chills immediately transcended into unbridled energy. I love this song with a passion. The joint seemed to bouncing in unison. Mallpunks, street punks; hell, even a few emo kids were actually smiling and having fun. I'd like to refrain from sounding corny, but it was a really cool thing to see. But that's what the Souls do to you, their passion and love for the music is spread throughout a vast audience, creating a sea of human smiles.

The set was comprised of a good mixture of songs from all 5 full-lengths, and "Bryan's Lament" from the recent split with Anti-Flag. Oddly enough, Bryan kept making references to Twisters, which got a laugh from a lot of us.

Two new songs were also introduced, the first titled "Born Free" (me thinks) which has a older introduction with a scorching riff, reminiscent of the "Good, Bad...." days, yet breaks down with a bridge sounding quite similar to the "How I Spent My...." material. Should be a brilliant album.

The night ended appropriately. No bullshit-fakeass encore; the band said "Private Radio" would be the last song, people cheered, so the band proceeded to play 2 more. The night closed with "Manthem" and it seemed like the entire crowd was on stage. But not in a hokey way that has become all to familiar. Friends arm in arm, singing along, and the Souls seeming to be having a genuinely good time with not "fans", but friends.

For those of you who may be questioning what the Souls have left, go see them and I doubt you will be able to ask that again with a straight face. Everything from the amazing progression "the Pete" has made on guitar to become, in my eyes, one of the fastest and entertaining guitarists around, to the incredible improvisations on fills Michael makes on drums.

To all of you bands out there looking to progress musically, take heed of the Bouncing Souls, this is how its done.


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Anonymous (April 3, 2003)

"the bouncing souls logo is stupid looking" god, i could swear the people who post here must be english majors in college. congrads you, you.... stupid boy.

GreenVandal (April 3, 2003)

The bouncing souls logo is stupid looking. 50 Cent is shit...but he was shot, so yeah, hes cool to me. And The Casualties make me guilty for living in the state of New Jersey. Im thinkin about pikin up that souls DVD you are all talking about though....sounds like a good time.

Anonymous (April 2, 2003)

did mtv tell you that you unoriginal bastard

razors (April 1, 2003)

I was at the Ottobar, it was fantastic

Anonymous (March 31, 2003)

Great review sickboi, did anyone checkout the show at ottobar? -oldpunker-

waste_elite (March 30, 2003)

50 cent has also been shot a few times. that, and only that, makes him cool in my book.

Anonymous (March 30, 2003)

Yeah, saw Roger Miret and the Disasters early March with VGS in Long Island. Awesome, really impressive. That record is dyn-o-mite. Seeing them again tonight with the Souls and Casualties. Can't wait.

Anonymous (March 30, 2003)

word on 929 is that last nights show was the last. despite rumors of the city of richmond tkaing over the building (come on now) what the case is is that 929 wasnt making enough money back for the renevations, and wasnt booking as many shows that would draw a crowd and money. they were booking what they liked more than what would make them the money back. so, 929 was getting further and further into debt, and decided it wasnt worth it to stay open. almost all of the shows have been picked up by alley katz or canal club.

FortyMinutesWest (March 30, 2003)

I hate their music, I don't hate them as people.

Anonymous (March 30, 2003)

Wow, I saw this show in buffalo ( Strike Anywhere who fuckin rocked), and it was my first souls show. It has to have been some of the most fun I've had in a long time. sickboi- you're on the money on this review. and if you hate the souls, find the dvd and watch it, you may change your mind when you realize their motivation. A good song doesn't have to be complex. Oh- and The Pete said the new album is going to be released in August! Way too long to wait.

Vien (March 30, 2003)

The Bouncing Soul's music was never about playing a style of complicating notes. If you watched the DVD, you can clearly see that what they learned in all those years was "Structuring". The key to writing a good song is knowing how to arrange your music in a way that sounds good. There are tons of musicians out there that I know for a fact are more talented than the souls, but in fact they don't know the first step to writing a good song. So what if the music is simple? That dosen't mean that they can't write good songs and it dosen't mean they aren't good musicians outside of the band. If you want to hear good guitar work, listen to The Pets's solo on "No Security".

Anonymous (March 29, 2003)

Yes, lets all progress musically as The Bouncing Souls have. If, by progress, you mean after a decade you still have the inability to sing on key, or at all, keep a steady beat on a drumset, or play more then 4 chords in a song. Oh, but yeah, they've really come a long way. Heh if you like the Souls, good, but, I wouldn't take any music lessons from them.

Anonymous (March 29, 2003)

Thats what I love to read you captured why I love going to see the Souls. They said it best " The Bouncing Souls is that feeling you get when you leave a show totally inspired"

Vien (March 29, 2003)

HAHAHAHHAHAHA!!!! Somebody give the guy below me 50 bucks!!

Anonymous (March 29, 2003)

Zak, don't forget "Proud to be Punk" and "Street Punk." You gotta give these guys credit for their unsurpassable lyrical talent. If I may quote a passage:

"Street Punk, Oi! Street Punk, Oi Oi!
Street Punk, Oi! Street Punk, Oi Oi!
(unintelligible screaming)"

Truly the Bards of our generation.

Anonymous (March 29, 2003)

50 cent isn't a wanksta, i know that much. bouncing souls are fuckin tight. some feel good music.

Anonymous (March 29, 2003)

"By the way 50 cent is a rich kid from new hampshire who was PROGRAMMED TO BE "GANGSTA""

Thats not how gangsta rap works buddy

FortyMinutesWest (March 29, 2003)

Hah! Never!

turdcorn (March 29, 2003)

The Souls own your being. Give in.

FortyMinutesWest (March 29, 2003)

Leave it to a Dropkick Murphys fan to not catch a joke..Oh yeah, I hate the Bouncing Souls. Oh yeah, the Casualties are lucky that Shattered Realm, Count the Stars, Total Chaos and Snowdogs are around to narrowly beat them out for the worst bands ever title.

dropkick (March 28, 2003)

ok they 1 guy talkking about 50 cent can suck a dick. Get off the damn punk site! By the way 50 cent is a rich kid from new hampshire who was PROGRAMMED TO BE "GANGSTA"

dropkick (March 28, 2003)

the bouncing souls kick some serious ass ans so does roger miret and the disasters check them both out. The one dud already said it but the casualties have humongus f^cking hair

Vien (March 28, 2003)

The Souls on the same stage as the Casual-ties? *Rasberry*

Anonymous (March 28, 2003)

Fuck y'all bizznitches. 50 cent is where it's at you muthafuckas.

Anonymous (March 28, 2003)

ole ole ole. love the souls.

Anonymous (March 28, 2003)

I am punker than thou you motherfucker

Anonymous (March 28, 2003)

Yeah, whats the scoop on that? The Utters show got moved to Alley Katz...

And no, I don't think we need Jerry back.


Anonymous (March 28, 2003)

the last time they played in richmond it was the fall of 2000 with mustard plug in twisters.

and how about 929 closing down? i seriously doubt we will hear any bands bringing up 929 in teh future. bring back jerry and twisters!!!

Anonymous (March 28, 2003)

Oh boy, typos galore.


TheOneTrueBill (March 28, 2003)

how the hell can the casualties tour with bad religion?

Anonymous (March 28, 2003)

the casualties have big hair

Anonymous (March 28, 2003)

i can name many casualties songs off the top of my head. "punx and skins," "punx for life," "for the punx," "punk rock love." anyone notice a trend?

Anonymous (March 28, 2003)

they're playing here at penn state tomorrow with my band for $5. email andrewlikefire@hotmail.com for more info.

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