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Bouncing Souls / Tsunami Bomb / Strike Anywhere

Bouncing Souls/Tsunami Bomb/Strike Anywhere: live in Chicagolive in Chicago (2003)
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OH MY GOD. This was a tour I had been looking forward to since I heard about it. The two bands I had come to see were both talented int their respective parts of the scene. Obviously, the Bouncing Souls are the most hyped part of this show, but...there's a reason why. THEY'RE THE BOUNCING SOULS. .


OH MY GOD. This was a tour I had been looking forward to since I heard about it. The two bands I had come to see were both talented int their respective parts of the scene. Obviously, the Bouncing Souls are the most hyped part of this show, but...there's a reason why. THEY'RE THE BOUNCING SOULS.

I'd seen the Bouncing Souls once before on the 2002 Plea for Peace Tour, only having heard Summer Vacation, and some of their old hits, including Argyle.

I'd seen Tsunami Bomb twice, once at the Metro, opening up for Plain White T's and Hot Rod Circuit, (that was my first review, and I realize it sucked now. Sorry.) and the other on Warped. Both times they had torn it up, the guys (and girl) had been special, but not great, as if they just had one more hurdle to jump before they could really KILL.

I hadn't heard of Strike Anywhere.

Upon entering my first thought was "This is going to be trouble. " Meathead frat boys, oi! boys, street punx, 8 year olds, older brothers and comparatively normal people were all crammed into the Metro. There's gonna be a fight. Someone's gonna make a stupid comment, and the whole place will clear out. The police won't even have to shut it down. I waited in vain the entire night.

STRIKE ANYWHERE came on first (ok, I was late) and I felt like Mark Prior had just thrown a pebble at my head. A short, sharp shock, prompted me to stare in awe at the stage for half an hour straight. I'm sure I'm not the first that has said this, nor will I be the last, STRIKE ANYWHERE should be much bigger, very soon. Live, they're fireworks. The lead singer reminded me of three seminal bands, LESS THAN JAKE, since he did his hair kinda like Rog's, 7 SECONDS, just by the attitude lyrically, and RISE AGAINST, musically.

They're a little faster than Rise, but just as good. Come to think of it, that would be a rad tour. Energetically, they're GREAT, but eclipsed by Tsunami Bomb and the BOUNCING SOULS.

That's something I can't emphasize enough, STRIKE ANYWHERE was really, really good, but the other two bands were just better. This is like getting beaten in basketball by Kobe Bryant. Regardless, STRIKE ANYWHERE set the bar very high, at a level that few bands can meet, let alone match.

Next comes TSUNAMI BOMB, fresh off their hiatus from the Warped Tour, and getting little practice in with their new bassist before the Anchors Aweigh tour. It shows. M pranced around the stage, occasionally dancing, but generally looking great. Otherwise, the drums were crisp, the guitar sounded huge and....the bassist fit just like Dom, perhaps a little better. There's still something that doesn't feel quite right as a fan, but Matt is an incredible capable replacement, put simply.

There's been oodles upon oodles of stuff written on the Bouncing Souls, on how they make the entire venue go off, how Greg while, not getting quite as into it as Bryan or Pete puts in more than his fair share. It's energetic, honest and true as few bands can pull it off. It's the Bouncing Souls. If you are thinking about not going to see this tour, I would heartily urge you to reconsider. You don't know what you're missing. Your friends who already have seen them do.

For those interested in a setlist, here's what I can remember:

Fight To Live
Argyle
Hopeless Romantic
Born Free
Ballad of Johnny X
Manthem (?)
Apt 5F
Say Anything (?)
True Believers
ECFU
Sing Along Forever
Anchors Aweigh
That Song
Gone
Freaks, Neds and Romantics
Night on Earth

As I walked away from the pit, lights turned back on, roadies packing up, Anchors Aweigh and DVD intact, I saw Greg, Pete and Bryan coming out again, only the bass was missing and only Pete had his guitar. A thought came into my head. No. It couldn't be. It was.

With only a guitar, Greg, Pete and Bryan did Night Train, without a doubt the most haunting song they've ever recorded. Its times like those I wished devoutly for a tape recorder. They just stood there, Pete on guitar, Bryan singing, Greg backing him up. Looking behind them, only for a moment, you could see the roadies packing up, or listening behind them. The song is melodic, haunting, and made me cry the first time I heard it. This version live, ruined it for me. Live, this thing was a whole new beast, and blows the recorded one out of the water, the same way Process of Belief blasted the Sum 41s, Good Charlottes, and Starting Lines out of the water. Live, its simply majestic.

To review: This is one of the truly 5 star concerts on this site, since about 4/5 seem to be 5 stars. If you get a chance to see this tour, take it. Grab it.


Other: I saw Tim, Todd and Juan from RISE AGAINST there. Also, the BOUNCING SOULS need to have less cool merch. Almost every hoodie, shirt or pin is cool. Seriously, bring lots of money.

 

 
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Anonymous (October 13, 2003)

I too was surprised how many people like Tsunami Bomb, but honestly I didn't think much of them. Don't believe the hype kids.

Anonymous (October 13, 2003)

i went to the show in SD and TB was so boring i left...

Anonymous (October 12, 2003)

who cares if greg is quite? i like to slamdance in the pit while i'm at shows! oi! oi!

Anonymous (October 12, 2003)

i don't know what to say other than that the only good opener was strike anywhere, and that even if they lined up the worst bands in the world to open for the souls, that couldn't have ruined it for me. their set was amazing and like so many people have said, they draw so many different types of fans. greg's not depressed though, he's fine, they've always made fun of him because he's the "i'm the quiet lead singer type." he has his off nights, and they all dabble in quite a bit of everything (from drugs to alcohol to whatever else you can ingest), but that doesn't keep them from kicking so much ass that im still in awe.

Anonymous (October 11, 2003)

"Fight To Live"

thats a Blitz song dumbass

Anonymous (October 11, 2003)

I tried to book strike anywhere/vision and i was basically told that they were a clear channel band now???

Anonymous (October 11, 2003)

I just saw this show in SF the other night too. I was into most of it. TB isn't as good as they used to be. Its lacks the umph it had when they had the old bass player. I think they sounded wack too. BS sounded great and so did SA. It was a good show. I was just not into TB cause I am a fan from way back. Vision was good too. I thought the crowd sucked at the show.

Anonymous (October 11, 2003)

What's up with the Souls?
I heard Epitaph fired a large number of their staff, is that place having troubles?

Anonymous (October 10, 2003)

I didn't know that Keith Morris started another band - Strike Anywhere
hehe

Anonymous (October 10, 2003)

Rush limbaugh sucks

Anonymous (October 10, 2003)

I meant denver, and 10 stars for the guy in strike anywhere's hair. - they guy from right below

Anonymous (October 10, 2003)

i went to this show in boulder, and had a few grievances!!!
a) tsunami bomb really sucks. the singer cannot dance for shit, i have no idea what she thinks she is doing pumping her arm back and forth and whatever other dumbass dance moves she tries to pull. the bassist was a huge tool and kept pointing in to the crowd and giving people high fives. not low fives, high fives. i thought i was at a fucking all american rejects show.
b) also, strike anywhere rocks, and they had a short set because of this mega lame band (TB).
c) i think greg of the souls is depressed or something and he really didnt dance too much. i go to see them because greg makes an ass out of himself by dancing like a madman on ecstasy but he totally wasnt dancing, and they played for like 40 minutes. not worth my 20 bucks.

another thing: i heard that hippy band String Cheese Incident is suing Ticketmaster and its about time NOFX does that to ticketweb. In Denver every service charge is like 8 bucks and if you try to buy a ticket at the show you're gonna get fucked. this has happened to me at a few shows so now i have to pre-order and put my tuition on layaway. boooo ticketweb.

BUT THE BOUNCING SOULS FUCKING ROCK. GET THE DVD, AND DOWNLOAD "BORN FREE" FROM THE NEW RECORD. THE REST OF IT KINDA SUCKS.

Edgie (October 10, 2003)

Yeah if you're seeing this on the east coast I'd expect Strike Anywhere to perform after Tsunami Bomb. According to statemedia.com, which lists shows around St. Pete that have been booked by No Clubs, Vision will play first, then T. Bomb, then SA, then the Souls. And that's the way it should be. :P

Anonymous (October 10, 2003)

to the guy a few posts below. strike anywhere probably isn't as popular on the west coast than on the east coast. and vice versa for tsunami bomb. when this show comes back east, kids will be going apeshit over s.anywhere.

Anonymous (October 10, 2003)

Man, the Give up the Ghost/Hope Conspiracy show was off the fucking chain last night. Pic and review to come, I finally found my fucking chord. Whoot.

-sickboi

Anonymous (October 10, 2003)

Thanks, I hope they play long sets. Heh.

Anonymous (October 10, 2003)

Wanted Dead where I saw them.

Mr_Pink (October 9, 2003)

Vision.

vien (October 9, 2003)

Are there any other bands opening up before Strike Anywhere? I have to work on the day of the show, and I'm worried I might miss Strike Anwhere's set. That would totally suck.

Anonymous (October 9, 2003)

Personally Ive always disliked the bouncing souls. Its mediocre punk rock. Although I do have to say Kate is Great is an amazing song. So I will give them props for that.

I thought it was cool to hate from autumn to ashes.

i hate you,
-bryan styles

notfeelingcreative (October 9, 2003)

Bouncing souls "hits"?

Mr_Pink (October 9, 2003)

I saw this last night in SF. I had no idea how popular Tsunami Bomb was. The kids went apeshit for them, but gave almost no reaction to Vision and Strike Anywhere. I was really impressed by Strike Anywhere. They seemed to be having a great time onstage. BS was fun, as usual. The sound was kind of off all night for all the bands, like the guitars were turned way down and the vocals too loud, but it was still a good show.

TheOneTrueBill (October 9, 2003)

no, the crowd was terrible for the AFI show the next weekend. but that was to be expected

Edgie (October 9, 2003)

Yeah.. I've always said there isn't a single person out there who hates the Souls. I'm shockingly wrong, it seems.. or, more likely, everyone bitching about them does infact like them and it simply isn't cool to like the Souls anymore. They reach out to soo many people, from kids to adults. Let's not even get into the different groups of kids they pull to their shows, ranging from street punks to kids who just like a rock style of music.

I've seen em 3-4 times in the past 2 years or so, and am more than looking forward to seeing them again. This is still, definately, the best lineup of the year.

Anonymous (October 9, 2003)

to the guy a couple comments below who "speaks for everyone". YOU DON'T SPEAK FOR ME. Next time stick with speaking for yourself, dummy.

I don't get the souls hatin' either. I may be biased being from Jersey. And being a fan of theirs since i first came up in the scene 10 some odd years ago. But come f@cking on. ECFU!

Anonymous (October 9, 2003)

i heard the crowd was terrible for this show in chicago.

TheOneTrueBill (October 9, 2003)

eh. fuck-heads will be fuck-heads. they've just shifted their attention

Anonymous (October 8, 2003)

jesus, where did all of this bouncing souls hating come from?

i thought they were one of those bands that everyone seemed to enjoy...is it cool to hate them now, too?

Anonymous (October 8, 2003)

Actually, I did know it's called Folsom Prison Blues... oops... I've never really been to good with song names, I usually just call them song 5 or 2 or whatever the hell number they are on the cd...

...evildeadalive

Anonymous (October 8, 2003)

I love all three bands (I am not very familar with Wanted Dead). Here is my take on the show; Bouncing Souls are classic, so much fun to watch. Tsunami Bomb were good, though I really do miss the old bassist. He moved and put more into the show then the rest of them combined. I argued with a friend that he really was the show, aside from Agent M just being hot up there but what is with the new hair? They are still good though. It was my first time seeing Strike Anywhere. I loved them. I thought it was a great show all around.

Anonymous (October 8, 2003)

Ive seen bigwig 10 times in 2 years...yes i live in NJ...but they play chicago more than NJ....

Bouncing souls i could see plenty of times on this one tour...

twice in nyc, twice in philly, 1 in NJ, 1 in NYC again...thats 6 times plsu the other 3 times ive seen them...im only seeing them twice on this tour...mainly b/c i want to see strike anywhere again...but still...its not hard to see a band 12 times...if you live in kansas it is...but people from Cali, NY/NJ/PA area...florida...chicago...its an easy task....and if you guys were unaware...Greg from the BS lives in Cali...

Anonymous (October 8, 2003)

I think I speak for everyone when i say Strike Anywhere kicks both of those bands asses

Anonymous (October 8, 2003)

"Whoever said this is a complete idiot. I have trouble believing you've seen the Bouncing Souls twelve times by the way you write. You sound like you have to be about 9, maybe 10 years old at the most. No unless you travel across the country, I don't think the Souls have come to your town 12 times. They've only been together for 15 years and some of that time they weren't touring much.
So, please stop trying to sound cool. Thanks. "

Tough words from a 15 year old. Geez. I HAVE seen them 12 times you fucking moron. I don't even live on the east coast, I'm from Chicago, and yes, they have been here MORE than 12 times since the first time I saw them at the Fireside in 1996. Plus, I've seen them in Milwaukee and Detroit.
They REALLY SUCKED at the show with Strike Anywhere, and SA is the only reason it wasn't a waste of money.

vien (October 8, 2003)

I've seen all three bands before in the past, but nobody tears it up like Strike Anywhere. I'm not really upset that they are actually opening for Tsunami Bomb, but that just means I get to see the best band first.

Anonymous (October 8, 2003)

I assume the comment below is from someone from the west coast, i think it's quite believable that someone on the east coast has seen them 12 times

especially if they were around when the band started

Anonymous (October 8, 2003)

One star is, of course, for your review. You're such a fucking moron. What are you, eleven? If not, that's what it sounded like.
One- you're all excited to see the Souls, yet your dumbass lists off songs they didn't play. Also, that is the 12th time I've seen them, and as much as I don't want to say, they fucking sucked.
Two- Tsunami Bomb blows, and I've always hated them, but their old bassist (and the fucker who started the band) kicks the shit out of that sorry excuse they have for a bassist now.
Three- Strike Anywhere... EXCELLENT IN EVERY WAY!!! How you can even say TB was better, just proves your unintelligent sorry ass. Fucker.

Stop reviewing shit. Please. You really really really suck at it. And you sound like a horny little moron... "RISE AGAINST WAS THERE!!!!"

Whoever said this is a complete idiot. I have trouble believing you've seen the Bouncing Souls twelve times by the way you write. You sound like you have to be about 9, maybe 10 years old at the most. No unless you travel across the country, I don't think the Souls have come to your town 12 times. They've only been together for 15 years and some of that time they weren't touring much.
So, please stop trying to sound cool. Thanks.

By the way, for everyone, the "old bassist" is named Dominic. He signed my shoe :)

Anonymous (October 8, 2003)

Jade Tree has it right now, they are using it for the DVD. But when I get it back I'll add you to the list, I already have about 50 gazillion people that want a copy of that fucker.

-sickboi

Anonymous (October 8, 2003)

sickoi,

Is there anyway I could get a copy of that Kid D reunion show??

-bryan styles

Anonymous (October 8, 2003)

Janelle-

They just kinda broke up. Some of the guys are in "The Arsons" now. But they did a reunion show, with Kid Dynamite's reunion show this past April. I filmed it and it was fucking hot.

-sickboi

Anonymous (October 8, 2003)

I can't believe they're playing CBs and Rancid supposedly played there recently (2 days before Viva Le Punk) too...at fist it's like, What's happening? But then you realize CBs is in need of money. So it's all good. To keep it alive, let the money roll in.
-J

Anonymous (October 8, 2003)

Sickboi - question: You mentioned Grey Area. What ever happened to that band????
-Janelle

Anonymous (October 8, 2003)

Was the Souls drummer dressed up as Captain Hook?

Anonymous (October 8, 2003)

to the guy who posted about the Johnny Cash song, its called "Folsom Prison Blues" not "I shot a Man in Reno" just a little something you boys and girls should know.
R.I.P. Johnny

Anonymous (October 7, 2003)

They didn't play born to lose?

damn, i love that song

Anonymous (October 7, 2003)

i really dont know whats so great about the bouncing souls. they have had big opening bands like Andrew WK, Flogging Molly, and Alkaline Trio. but BS sound so generic and boring.

THAT_GUY (October 7, 2003)

Did you just say ZING for yourself saying something ? I know I'm THAT_GUY, but are you "That Guy" ? You know the one I mean....You wear a band's shirt at their concert don't you ?

Also, thanks to the guy with the info on Vision, I'll be checking them out later tonight.

And one last thanks goes to the guy who talked abuot Colfax, I was under the impression it was in the top 10, but I had no idea it was the LONGEST. That's pretty damn cool. The Odgen is a cool place, too bad I missed MMB and Biwig there last year cause my cousin's dumbass friend's directions consisted of "It's off of Colfax, just go down a little and it'll be on your right, you can't miss it." Too bad it was like 20 miles away from where we were.

Anonymous (October 7, 2003)

"I was really excited to see this review up, considering that I went to this show, but this review was horrendous. "

Some guy down there posted my exact thoughts. Plus, my favourite song of the night (HERE WE GO) wasn't mentioned or put on the setlist.

Anonymous (October 7, 2003)

anonymous below me. strike anywhere started to suck when everybody found about your favorite band a year ago, right? go piss off

Anonymous (October 7, 2003)

Strike Anywhere suck now . They were great for a about a year or two, but they just got stale. ITs just uninspired boring garbage now. Everyone that just got into them is jocking them, but they suck now. Plain truth. The souls are great. Its true they lack the energy of years gone past. But Strike Anywhere cant hold a candle to the Souls in their prime.

Anonymous (October 7, 2003)

Wow, and the moron had the balls to put a Tsunami Bomb link on there. What a douche.
P.S.- The Souls SUCKED at that show. WOrst time I've ever seen them. I don't think it could have gotten anymore boring.

scotfree (October 7, 2003)

detroit didnt get the plank and pirate ship anybody got any good pics of that cuz that would have been cool to see?

Anonymous (October 7, 2003)

Yea you leave with a better feeling after seeing Strike Anywhere.

Strike Anywhere full of punk rock cliches? God forbid a band convey a message with social and political importance!

zzzzzing,
-bryan styles

Anonymous (October 7, 2003)

'Colfax Crack" ? Isn't that a REALLY LONG street in Denver '

yea, longest continious street in america, i believe. the ogden is on colfax and colfax has lots of crack.

Anonymous (October 7, 2003)

Man, I wish I was in Seattle... what a setlist, I'm going to see the Souls in Rochester for the sole hope of hearing Nerds Freaks and Romantics. Hopefully it won't be mostly the same set they've been playing all year...
Don't get me wrong, I love Strike Anywhere, but you will never leave a show that only SA played with the feeling you get after a Souls set.

ilikebandssuchasopivy (October 7, 2003)

fucken 'ell. this show is coming to toronto but its on a fucken wednesday and im a school boy. FUCK YOU.

ok im done, but seriously id really like to go..

TheOneTrueBill (October 7, 2003)

I fucked up my shoulder at this show, and got sick on the train ride home. I'm just now recovering from them both.

the souls were great, but I agree that Greg isn't as energetic as before.

Strike Anywhere... I'm definatly picking up some of their stuff after seeing them

Tsunami Bomb I could do without, but i didn't hate them

Wanted Dead, I'd seen once before, and I remember why i they sucked. The singer was trying so hard to be a mini Mike Muir

Add on a Big Black 7" from Hi-Fi, it was a good night.

Anonymous (October 7, 2003)

agent mmmmmmmmmmm

Anonymous (October 7, 2003)

One star is, of course, for your review. You're such a fucking moron. What are you, eleven? If not, that's what it sounded like.
One- you're all excited to see the Souls, yet your dumbass lists off songs they didn't play. Also, that is the 12th time I've seen them, and as much as I don't want to say, they fucking sucked.
Two- Tsunami Bomb blows, and I've always hated them, but their old bassist (and the fucker who started the band) kicks the shit out of that sorry excuse they have for a bassist now.
Three- Strike Anywhere... EXCELLENT IN EVERY WAY!!! How you can even say TB was better, just proves your unintelligent sorry ass. Fucker.

Stop reviewing shit. Please. You really really really suck at it. And you sound like a horny little moron... "RISE AGAINST WAS THERE!!!!"

Anonymous (October 7, 2003)

I was at this show, Strike Anywhere easily had the best set of the night. Wanted Dead pissed me off, and Tsunami Bomb and the Souls could not live up to the sheer presense of SA. No offense, but the Souls had little to no energy on stage and left me cold.

Anonymous (October 7, 2003)

saw the souls night one of their nyc record release shows and they were amazing as always. maybe i'm just old but i don't get why everyone on this site goes nuts over strike anywhere. i don't think you can compare them to the souls cause they play two totally different styles of music. and maybe i'm biased cause i've seen the souls a million times since '94 and i'm gettin a little older now (25) but i just don't get saying strike anywhere stole the show. all their songs were so frickin full of punk rock political cliches. they were good, don't get me wrong but they had nothing to say that i haven't already heard a million times before. i'd rather listen to the dead kennedys than those guys any day. sorry.

Anonymous (October 7, 2003)

To the guy asking about Vision, and to the guy commenting about Vision, here is the info you need.
They are from NJ and have been around since 1987 or so. They are old fashioned hardcore, with a punk background. I have been going to their shows for over 10 years now, and I am not sure many other bands top them. Dave has tons of energy and their shows are top notch. If you see them live, scream "mullet", but do it out of love. Matt is one of the few people sporting a mullet for ages, refuses to chop it off. Their newer cd's are ok, but pick up "In the Blink of an Eye" & "One & the Same". So awesome.

Anonymous (October 7, 2003)

uhh... that's supposed to say 'fabulous job'. Job, damnit.

...evildeadalive

Anonymous (October 7, 2003)

I saw this show the second night in Seattle, and it absolutely fucking rocked. Strike Anywhere killed, playing every song I wanted to hear. Tsunami Bomb were pretty damn good, with the new bass player doing a fabulous jog. Goddamn he's one happy dude. Bouncing Souls were the best I've ever seen them (that being 8 times, each and every one of them great). Being their second show in as many nights in the same city, they broke out a lot of songs I hadn't seen the play in a while, or even ever, including a cover of HWM's Trusty Chords with their roadie extrordenair (sp?) taking over lead vocals. Other songs I was pleased to hear were Quick Check Girl, Neurotic, Ole! (it seems they never play that anymore...) and, well a lotta other ones, including Greg concluding the set by himself on guitar playing and singing I Shot a Man in Reno by the imortal Johnny Cash. Yeah... Did I mention the crowd absolutely went off? It was one big singalong beginning to end. Complete fucking madness. And as for Greg's onstage personality, he's pretty much always layed back, that's just the way he is. This show however was the one time I've actually seen him go off. Actually screaming out the lyrics, tons of emotion, jumping in and out of the crowd, singing with his arms around audience members, just all around giving it everything he had. Great, great, great. He even lost his voice by the end...
So yeah, great show. Go see it. The Souls have taken it to the next level, and are better than ever.

...evildeadalive

thebouncingsoul (October 7, 2003)

by the way, the souls played waaaay more songs than what the reviewer said

Edgie (October 7, 2003)

To the dude who asked for info about Vision, they're not bad. They play fairly generic fast punk, but it's still good. You'd probably get tired of listening to their recording stuff quickly, but I can't wait to see them live. I'm pretty sure they could put on a great set based on what they've recorded.

I can't believe that Strike Anywhere wasn't playing after Tsunami Bomb. Tsunamo Bomb is okay and all, but Strike Anywhere.. they just fucking rock. Bouncing Souls are one of my favorite bands as well, and I'm going to cry if they don't play Manthem. They still need to play Ole for me. :-(

Anonymous (October 7, 2003)

To the guy who said the Soul's drummer, Michael, sucks? Are you fucking brain dead? He smokes, and is easily one of the top 5 drummers out right now. I've seen him fill in for Grey Area and Paint It Black, now that is some crazy shit.

-sickboi

Anonymous (October 7, 2003)

When you said Night Train, I thought you meant the Guns N Roses song. Now that song's fuckin good.

Anonymous (October 7, 2003)

i think strike anywhere's overall stage presence/live show is better than t bomb and the souls. but the souls have more "good" songs than strike anywhere just b/c they've been around longer. although i will say the new souls record was kinda disappointing. just didn't have that umph! that their other records had. oh and agent m is hot. you can take that to the bank.

Anonymous (October 7, 2003)

You should be relinquished of your right to post any further reviews. This review does not do the Souls justice.

Anonymous (October 7, 2003)

Sure Strike Anywhere may have more energy on stage, but the bouncing souls are just amazing. The energy in the crowd for every song, and they just totaly rock.

THAT_GUY (October 7, 2003)

"Colfax Crack" ? Isn't that a REALLY LONG street in Denver ? I might be mistaken, but I seem to remember driving like 3 hours along it.

Oh, and the Denver setlist is WAY better than the one that the reviewer said.

One more thing, a Good Riddance/Bigwig/Strike Anywhere/Rise Against/H20 tour needs to happen. If anyone can get that tour to happen, I will piss my pants.

Anonymous (October 7, 2003)

'Here's a mostly full setlist not in any order but from what I remember. -ntp-'

I was at the denver show too and you left out that they played 'gone'. I was pretty drunk but im sure i heard it.

and strike anywhere was great that night..i dont what kind of colfax crack you smokin!

Anonymous (October 7, 2003)

Bouncing Souls are NOTHING live compared to Strike Anywhere. When I saw each band for the first time, I was relatively unfamiliar with them, so I am not biased.......Strike Anywhere's live show cannot improve much more.

Moop (October 7, 2003)

Strike Anywhere not as good as the Boucning souls or tsunami bamb... what? granted ive only seen the Boucning souls once and ive never seen TB, but i saw Strike Anywhere twice in august both times in little ass clubs. they went off. when people are hanging from rafters singing along, thats going off. so you gotta buy one of their records and give them the props that they deserve. whcih is that they were just ass good as the headliners. im going to that tour on saturday. i know who ill be jumping for.

good review

thebouncingsoul (October 7, 2003)

"bouncing souls need to play "cracked""

they did...the reviewer neglected to mention it

Anonymous (October 7, 2003)

"Tsunami Bomb were ok too, energetic, beautiful singer, but super poppy, kind of a way pussier version of the distillers playing songs by good charlotte."

I am actually a fan of Tsunami Bomb, but that comment is pure gold. I never thought of them in that way. Pretty much true.

I know some will disagree with me but they lost something when they kicked out Dom.

Strike Anywhere stole the show. Hands down.

Bouncing Souls are great, but I think Strike Anywhere was the show.

Anonymous (October 7, 2003)

i went to the show in denver last week and i'm guessing it was pretty similar. . .here is a what i think better review:

Strike Anywhere was ok, pretty generic punk/hardcore Bigwig/98 Mute type stuff. I wasn't too into them, but it was cool to see a hardcore band with punk influences (instead of that screamo bullshit).

Tsunami Bomb were ok too, energetic, beautiful singer, but super poppy, kind of a way pussier version of the distillers playing songs by good charlotte.

The Bouncing Souls (those fucking New Jersey mooches) rocked out. THis was the fifth time I've seen them, and despite being my favorite band, have put on some shitty shows in the past. That night however, they were on top of their shit and rocked fucking out. Here's a mostly full setlist not in any order but from what I remember.

Joe Lies (when he cries)
Here We Go
Ballad of Johnny X
The Freaks, the Nerds, and the Romantics
Argyle
K8 is Great
Say Anything
ECFU
Hopeless Romantic
Night on Earth
Fight to Live
That Song
True Beleivers
The Something Special
New Day
Born Free
Anchors Aweigh
Night Train
Sing Along Forever

I'm pretty sure that's everything, pretty great selection, could've used Serenity and Manthem, but fuck it, it was sweet.

Hopefully that was a little more straight forward than the above review.

-ntp-

Anonymous (October 7, 2003)

I stopped reading when the reviewer said that Tsunami Bomb and The Souls were better than Strike Anywhere.

Strike Anywhere is so far ahead of both of those in bands in every aspect.

-bryan styles

Anonymous (October 7, 2003)

I was waiting for this review to be posted. I was at the show in chicago also. How could you forget "simple man" when they brought paint it black's guitarist on stage to play guitar with them?

Anonymous (October 7, 2003)

to the dude below.. the new drummer isnt that new.. been with em for over 3 years and did summer vacation.

and yeah strike anywhere are going to take off.. they kick butt, yes they do. Not enough can be said about them and we better be seein exit english on the top tens of the year. They are what punkrock is all about. i take off my hat to them.

Anonymous (October 7, 2003)

FUCK T BOMB. first thing i had to say b/c they are pure shit

New bouncing Souls record is crap

Strike Anywhere put The Bouncing Souls to shame at their record release party. Im a souls fan, dont get me wrong...but their new shit is garbage. their new drummer is garbage, but they sound good playing the old stuff. this is the best tour of 2003 probably b/c you have two great bands...strike anywhere and the bouncing souls. i 100% disagree w/ the fact that strike anywhere is playing 1st out of the headliners...T-Bomb is crap...and Strike Anywhere is so much more powerful of a band.

Strike Anywhere is the best melodic hardcore act out right now. in september and october alone i will be seeing them 3 times. I think they are amazing and Bigwig Strike Anywhere Bad Religion tour is badly needed.

Anonymous (October 7, 2003)

The Souls need to play "Old School"

joeg (October 7, 2003)

less than jake and rise against are seminal bands? news to me. i'm looking forward to this show.

Anonymous (October 7, 2003)

bouncing souls need to play "cracked"

Anonymous (October 7, 2003)

I'm looking forward to this tour so much, but having seen both Strike Anywhere and Tsunami Bomb, I have to say I'd be surprised if Strike Anywhere doesn't play a more energetic set. But we're all entitled to our own opinions.

The new Bouncing Souls is so good, Night Train and the title track already move me so much just on CD I can only imagine how good it would be live (Until this baby hits Florida like a hurricane that is).

OnTheAttack (October 7, 2003)

I've seen the Souls 4 times and Greg has never really looked too "into it". But his voice is always good.

And to whoever said "fuck this review, night train is the best song on the album", I believe the reviewer praised the song.

Anonymous (October 7, 2003)

This review sucks more cock than your mama did while she was waiting for you in the parking lot during the show.

Anonymous (October 7, 2003)

Wanted Dead opened the show. There pretty much lets get drunk and fuck bitches type of guys...99% of there songs were about getting drunk and fucking bitches lol.

That guy was right the Souls doing Night Train made me cum in my pants.

thebouncingsoul (October 7, 2003)

I was really excited to see this review up, considering that I went to this show, but this review was horrendous.

the crowd was just fine...and they didn't play "manthem"

cdogg (October 7, 2003)

I agree with what the reviewer said about the "Greg not getting into it" thing. I was at the Electric Factory show in Philly, and for the first 5 minutes Greg was moving so little that I thought he had a rod up his ass. I soon found out, however, that it must have been some sort of magical punk rock singing rod that makes you play one hell of a show! Greg's voice never sounded better, and they played for an hour and fifteen minutes, with two encores! Unbefuckinlievable.

Anonymous (October 7, 2003)

Good review. I saw this tour in my town and it was just as good as you described it. I wasn't familiar with tsunami bomb prior to the show but they impressed me. Agent M was rockin out, lookin good and it wasn't just the alcohol. good times

Anonymous (October 7, 2003)

I was at the show. I was into all the bands. Tsunami Bomb was good, but I think it does lack something without the old bassist. He added something extra to me. The new guy is great, but doesn't grab me like it used to.

Other then that, the show was great

ZLNFTOC (October 7, 2003)

Good review. I'm glad to see the Souls are still playing "The Ballad of Johnny X" since it's a really great song.

Anonymous (October 6, 2003)

good review

Anonymous (October 6, 2003)

fuck this review, night trian is one of the best songs on the new record.

Anonymous (October 6, 2003)

that was a god awful review. nothing more

THAT_GUY (October 6, 2003)

Can someone tell me if Vision is worth checking out ? They open the entire tour, and I've never heard anything by them.

Also, that is one badass setlist, too bad it's missing East Coast Fuck You and Kate is Great. Actually,ECFU isn't that great recorded, I enjoy it SO MUCH MORE on "Tie One On" Oh, and Wish Me Well, Kids And Heros, and Joes Lies, those are really good too.

Anonymous (October 6, 2003)

Wow! It sounds like you witnessed pirate punk at it's finest...

Did they make anyone from the crowd walk the plank?

Anchors Aweigh Baby!

Anonymous (October 6, 2003)

You had never heard of strike anywhere???

well, this score is for the mark prior reference, anyway.

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