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Bouncing Souls / Midtown

Bouncing Souls / Midtown: live in Syracuselive in Syracuse (2004)
Epitaph Records

Reviewer Rating: 3
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Contributed by: Jennifer Schulkind
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To an apathetic audience, hard-rocking punk bands may as well have been playing polka. The crowd's sheer lethargy was a challenge to Midtown and The Bouncing Souls. In an effort to hone in on punk show activities, mosh pit formation and skanking attempts were made by concert-goers, who were clearl.



To an apathetic audience, hard-rocking punk bands may as well have been playing polka. The crowd's sheer lethargy was a challenge to Midtown and The Bouncing Souls. In an effort to hone in on punk show activities, mosh pit formation and skanking attempts were made by concert-goers, who were clearly incapable of doing either.

The show openers, The Loved Ones, were not originally slated for the concert. The band opened with a few unknown songs from its EP, due out in February, which fell on a silent, half-filled Goldstein Auditorium. The Loved Ones' members have been jamming together since May and recently signed with the label Jade Tree.

The band seemed disconnected, unable to communicate with each other, and had little interaction with each other or with the audience. Their songs were received with barely audible golf claps. The lead singer/guitarist Dave Hausse and the bassist Michael "Spider" Cotterman seemed to be playing in two different concerts. Hausse played with sweat dripping down his face, veins pulsating in his neck, and occasionally pulled at his hair during especially emotional moments. Cotterman donned a collared-shirt that remained dry throughout the show, and looked more at his fingers than at the audience. Meanwhile, drummer Mike Sneeringer was left slamming his drum kit in peace.

Midtown stormed the stage with more hair by volume than people. The three-way harmonizing and intimate dynamics between lead singer and bassist Gabe Saporta and guitarists and vocalists Heath Saraceno and Tyler Rann easily drew the audience into the show. Drummer Rob Hitt was left largely to his own devices throughout the show. Hitt resembled a supermodel with his long, slick, straight hair blowing in the breeze of a steel fan, perched at his feet.

The band delivered the requisite pro-voting, anti-Bush speech made by most liberal punk bands in the U.S. Before they played "Help Me Sleep" from its 2004 album Forget What You Know, Saporta yelled, "Fuck Bush." He encouraged audience members to raise their fuck-fingers and join in. After the slower "Is it Me? Is it True?" Saporta blew a kiss to guitarist Rann. The band's intimate and enthusiastic interactions with each other and the audience rallied the small crowd and carried the concert.

The audience members were not participatory and rarely sang along with Saporta. This was probably because the New Jersey rockers primarily played songs from Forget What You Know, which may have come out too recently for many audience members to learn the songs. The upshot of having an embarrassingly small audience was that guitar picks were generously distributed to all who attended.

The Bouncing Souls entered the auditorium after Midtown to a thinned and indifferent crowd. During the band's first song "The Something Special," from 2001's How I Spent My Summer Vacation, the audience was more interested in their personal conversations than the band. Singer Greg Attonito, bassist Bryan "Papillion" Kienlen, guitarist Pete Steinkopf (better know as "The Pete"), and drummer Michael McDermott have been playing together for 15 years, a fact that rings true in their maturing and developing punk sound. With their maturation also came a mastery of songwriting and an exploration of more meaningful subject matter.

The New Jersey foursome was able to make do with a lagging audience and lame attempts to crowd surf. Attonito begged the audience to "give me a reason to yell." When they launched into their version of the anti-Bush sermon, the birthday-celebrating Kienlen declared, "Every song is an anti-Bush song."

To pacify screams from the crowd, among the few heard throughout the entire night, the granddaddies of punk played their oldest favorite "Joe Lies (When he Cries)," from their 1997 album The Good The Bad And The Argyle. McDermott, scantily clad in his cave behind the drum set, contrasted with band-mate Attonito, who took the more conservative button-down approach.

 


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Anonymous (January 26, 2005)

oh, it's soooo cool to bash bush.

kerry lost, get over it.

Anonymous (December 15, 2004)

lets end all the bickering by saying anyone that likes, knows or respects music should recognize the bouncing souls and their contributions over midtown any day of the fucking week.

fuck gabe sporarta. spaobato. spabortion.

swingline (December 11, 2004)

yea. that's always me, im always at every show you go to. i take many forms but ultimately it's always just me, getting beat down for opening my mouth. what kind of white power or brah shows do you go to? .. you idiot.

joeg (December 11, 2004)

"first of all, i've been living my life for about 20 years. id say im pretty good at life.

second, who the fuck said they sound alike? i grouped them into a category called bad music, bad music does not discriminate. go back to school, learn more about reading comprehension, and then go write a letter to NOW requesting a sex change."

you're the dumb fuck that gets beat down at shows all the time for opening your mouth, right?

Anonymous (December 10, 2004)

Sorry, but The Good, the bad & the Argyle came out in 1994 not 1997, YOU NEED TO DO RESEARCH< SOULS KICK ASS

Anonymous (December 10, 2004)

listen, i'm from upstate new york. shows up here are really not good at all. the bands that come to syracuse are usually the metal/hardcore type, because the only guy that really books shows only likes songs that advocate straight edge and have eighteen breakdowns in them. to see a worthwhile show, you have to go to rochester or buffalo or albany. the place is best described as "the land that time forgot". we haven't really adjusted to the industrial revolution very well up here yet. trust me, syracuse is a fucking terrible place to see shows. the idiot straight edge fashioncore kids have declared the 315 area code is the capital of all metal/hardcore, and all the shows are only opportunities to show off your new spin kicks and brass knuckles.

score is for the bouncing souls. sorry the kids are fucking wastes of life.

swingline (December 10, 2004)

"first of all, you suck at life

second of all, hawthorne heights and as i lay dying? both horrible bands, yes, but they sound nothing alike"

first of all, i've been living my life for about 20 years. id say im pretty good at life.

second, who the fuck said they sound alike? i grouped them into a category called bad music, bad music does not discriminate. go back to school, learn more about reading comprehension, and then go write a letter to NOW requesting a sex change.

Anonymous (December 10, 2004)

how many drummers have you fucked anyway?? i'm sure you've taken a donkey-punch from more than one.

Anonymous (December 10, 2004)

"girls don't know what the fuck good music is. they like bands who dress nice. all girls really like are bands who play pop music with a hardcore look. and when they claim they like "hardcore" they mention bands like hawthorne heights and as i lay dying so you really can't take them seriously. you just gotta say "oh yea you're right they do have nice jeans but you have terrible taste in music now go lie on your back and make me a fucking steak.""

first of all, you suck at life

second of all, hawthorne heights and as i lay dying? both horrible bands, yes, but they sound nothing alike

Anonymous (December 9, 2004)

"This score is for the lack of crotch descriptions"

Funny shit, BSD

Anonymous (December 9, 2004)

you just gotta say "oh yea you're right they do have nice jeans but you have terrible taste in music now go lie on your back and make me a fucking steak."

that's one of the coolest things i've read on here in a while

swingline (December 9, 2004)

girls don't know what the fuck good music is. they like bands who dress nice. all girls really like are bands who play pop music with a hardcore look. and when they claim they like "hardcore" they mention bands like hawthorne heights and as i lay dying so you really can't take them seriously. you just gotta say "oh yea you're right they do have nice jeans but you have terrible taste in music now go lie on your back and make me a fucking steak."

Anonymous (December 9, 2004)

To the guy who said the souls suck live and TBS is good, have you ever SEEN TBS live, like for real? Because if Adams voice was any more out of tune live, I might as well listen to my girlfriends little sister sing in her room, they fucking blow live.

Now I've seen the souls live roughly 25-30 times and NEVER once did they disappoint and to diss the toilet song and shark attack is easy, because its off the album they themselves describe as "unfinished" and "rushed" so know what the fuck you're talking about.

When TBS has been around 15 years let me know because you'll long have forgotten about them and moved to the next fad in a year when everyone else forgets about TBS, while the Souls will be playing the same amazing punk rock they always have for 15 years and 15 more.

True Believer All the Way!!

Anonymous (December 9, 2004)

"Yeah, the review pretty much sucked. I'm a fan of the Souls and Midtown. For all the Midtown haters who talk about crappy songs (they have their share, especially after "Save the World...."), recall two Souls songs to help you remember that the Souls sometimes suck, too: "Shark Attack" and "Who's Gonna Throw the Toilet?" If you actually liked those BS songs, then you have no right to comment on anything music at all and should probably die"

hahahahahahahahaha

DestroyPopRadio (December 9, 2004)

Yeah, the review pretty much sucked. I'm a fan of the Souls and Midtown. For all the Midtown haters who talk about crappy songs (they have their share, especially after "Save the World...."), recall two Souls songs to help you remember that the Souls sometimes suck, too: "Shark Attack" and "Who's Gonna Throw the Toilet?" If you actually liked those BS songs, then you have no right to comment on anything music at all and should probably die.

Dubar (December 9, 2004)

mcdermott has only been drumming for the souls for a couple years. midtown is terrible

Anonymous (December 9, 2004)

to the guy below me-

learn how to spell you fucking dumbass.

Anonymous (December 9, 2004)

"Did some jackass really say that TBS are a good live band but the Souls aren't?"

What's more disgusting than someone saying that, is that the same person actually likes Coheed And Cambria.
Now that's fucking awful.

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Wow you are a genious. Now go play with lego

Anonymous (December 9, 2004)

shut your yapper.

upstate new york is gigantic and wildly diverse.

and i don't even live there.

stop jabbering.

Anonymous (December 8, 2004)

Note to everyone:

People in upstate NY are hicks and concerts suck there. The end.

Anonymous (December 8, 2004)

Thats fucking sad, people have no respect for true legends like the Bouncing Souls. Midtown does not even deserve to be on tour with the Souls. And Midtowns fans can suck my fucking cock for not showing any love to the souls.

Anonymous (December 8, 2004)

I don't understand what the fuck this is supposed to be. Was the reviewer deaf and merely wrote a review on observations? good call you douche bag. Score's for the review and the souls. Midtown owns you all.

p3wned.

Anonymous (December 8, 2004)

thanks for the review on how everyone looked. now would anyone care to actually review how the bands played?

Anonymous (December 8, 2004)

this show was on the sunday before columbus day, if memory serves me correct.

i missed it, but i wouldn't have if i'd known the loved ones were playing.

Anonymous (December 8, 2004)

ps...was rob hitt high when he posted that?

Anonymous (December 8, 2004)

at one point, Gabe Saporta had hair identical to that of zach morris when he wore the slater wig to fake out the army scout in episode 46. Not slater hair, but the wig hair at that.

Anonymous (December 8, 2004)

"Did some jackass really say that TBS are a good live band but the Souls aren't?"

What's more disgusting than someone saying that, is that the same person actually likes Coheed And Cambria.
Now that's fucking awful.

Anonymous (December 8, 2004)

Did some jackass really say that TBS are a good live band but the Souls aren't?

Anonymous (December 8, 2004)

fuck gabe spabota. fuck midtown. and definitely fuck their bon jovi looking guitar player.

this is the kind of pretentious bullshit that is ruining music.

The score is for the Souls.

Anonymous (December 8, 2004)

The bouncing souls are great live. Its hard for me to believe that some of you rag on them. I have seen them at least 7 times and have enjoyed myself every time. For Midtown, never heard them, probably never will. If you don't like them, why do you go to their show and if you go for the opening band why do you stay? Maybe the Souls have been around to long and are just to good at playing their instruments and writing songs for you hardcore punks to enjoy them.
Southpaw954

Anonymous (December 8, 2004)

To the guy below, thats some funny shit there.

PunkRockRebel (December 8, 2004)

The Bouncing Souls are horrible live. I saw them ones with Strung Out, Coheed & Cambria and Taking Back Sunday.

Taking Back Sunday and Coheed & Cambria are very good live bands. To bad The Bouncing Souls ruined the show! They are just standing still like they see water burning. There is no fun in watching those people and for a 15 years of experience they are not good either live. I know bands with 1 year experience that play better.

When you play live you have to put on a show. If it's just the music that's good. You can just put on the cd!

swingline (December 7, 2004)

score is for the review.

if you want idiots crowd surfing and jumping on the stage, go to a yellowcard show.

Anonymous (December 7, 2004)

This score is for the lack of crotch descriptions.

-BSD

Anonymous (December 7, 2004)

I disagree with your review. Shows arn't good because there are a lot of people or crowd surfers. I happen to hate both. You shouldn't focus your score so much on first glance impressions of the show, but rather how the music actually was. 5 people or 500, a show is build upon great music.

Anonymous (December 7, 2004)

i was AT that show - the reviewer is SO right in the fact that it sucked.

i LOVE midtown - have LOVED midtown for more than 5 years now - but the show, it sucked.

ps - gabe = whore. BIG fucking whore.

midtown (December 7, 2004)

The "device" was my sidekick. I'm the internerd of the band. I think most bands have someone that attempts to do the geeky stuff... the email/myspace/website update stuff. When I was younger I always hated when bands hid backstage so I stay out as much as I can, hence why I was out with my "device." That almost sounds perverted...

The Humorous...

I think I'd be one of the last be to be called a "supermodel" so this was a nice laugh. Quite entertaining and thanks (I think???). Especially when my friends tell me, "Rob, you're the most jewish looking person I know." Not that jews can't be supermodels but I don't think I've ever heard of one, what the hell do I know? I don't even agree with most religion (especially western religion) but how many 5'7" male supermodels are there, good thing I was sitting down. Oh wait, Derek Zoolander! That must be it! I'm probably the sweatiest drummer I know, I'd fucking die w/out the fan. (yes i know the comment was sarcasm in the review)

I can't give enough props to the Bouncing Souls, they were one of the bands that inspired me to start playing in a band. They were the first show I'd ever seen in 1993 (or maybe 94) at City Gardens in Trenton, NJ with Yuppicide and 7 Seconds (yeah, i was a bit shorter than 5'7" at that time). My hopes at that show were that they'd play PRMC from the "Green Ball Crew EP" but I believe they stopped playing anything from before "The Good the Bad the Argyle" right around that show. I grew up in a small town called Hillsborough in NJ and every punk/hardcore band covered "PMRC", and/or "Knowledge" (Operation Ivy), and/or "Get the Time" (Descendents) around that time. Yes, even the hardcore bands at that time in my town... Does anybody know where to still find the "green ball crew ep?" I'd like to get my hands on those songs again?

Thanks!

Rob
midtown@midtownrock.com

"Drummer Rob Hitt was left largely to his own devices throughout the show. Hitt resembled a supermodel with his long, slick, straight hair blowing in the breeze of a steel fan, perched at his feet."

boba_fett (December 7, 2004)

bouncing souls are too good to tour with midtown.

Anonymous (December 7, 2004)

souls played joe lies? holy shit, they haven't played that one in years, though that album came out in '94, not '97.

Anonymous (December 7, 2004)

4) I dont get why people give a shit if everyone is standing around at a show. Some people go to hear the bands music and have a few beverages, others are super active, get over it, move on, this should not change anything.

Indeed my freind

Anonymous (December 7, 2004)

1) What happened to Midtown? They were the single most promising act on Drive-Thru records with Save the world, lose the girl and now they are the biggest piece of shit band. God, its sad when bands that kind of have a cool niche go to total shit.

2) Bouncing Souls rule live. end of story. greg doesnt have to be all in your face and rockin out like all thise hoosiers now a days, he sounds good, and plays crowd favorites. That should be enough.

3) This review was garbage

4) I dont get why people give a shit if everyone is standing around at a show. Some people go to hear the bands music and have a few beverages, others are super active, get over it, move on, this should not change anything.

well said

Anonymous (December 7, 2004)

People need a sense of humor. I didn't mind this review at all, and thought it was more sarcastic at moments than taking itself seriously (like all you do). Get over it.

Anchors (December 7, 2004)

That seriously could have been like 4 paragraphs, not 26.

Anonymous (December 7, 2004)

There's this guy who owns a shop up here in Seattle called "Confounded Books," and he was the one that started the Bouncing Souls. He got the members together, and wrote a majority of their fist songs. They were younger than he was at the time, so they weren't as taut. The only reason he quit the band was to move to New Mexico with his then girlfriend. Sadly, they broke up soon after, and he spent the last couple of hundred dollars to his name on a cheap bus ticket to Seattle and books about movies. Nice guy. If you are ever in Seattle, stop by 315 E Pine St and aks for Brad. Its shares a store with a record store, split fifty/fifty. Or, if you ever talk to the Bouncing Souls, ask about Brad. I've always wondered what their reaction will be.

Also, I'm glad to see another female reviewer besides Janelle. I give props, but better luck on the next review, dollface.

bizzlebrizzle (December 7, 2004)

i2) Bouncing Souls rule live. end of story. greg doesnt have to be all in your face and rockin out like all thise hoosiers now a days, he sounds good, and plays crowd favorites. That should be enough. < i>

Crowd favorites my ass...

Anonymous (December 7, 2004)

1) What happened to Midtown? They were the single most promising act on Drive-Thru records with Save the world, lose the girl and now they are the biggest piece of shit band. God, its sad when bands that kind of have a cool niche go to total shit.

2) Bouncing Souls rule live. end of story. greg doesnt have to be all in your face and rockin out like all thise hoosiers now a days, he sounds good, and plays crowd favorites. That should be enough.

3) This review was garbage

4) I dont get why people give a shit if everyone is standing around at a show. Some people go to hear the bands music and have a few beverages, others are super active, get over it, move on, this should not change anything.

punxtar (December 7, 2004)

"Did this concert happen in like August? Based on political rants in December or late November, and children not knowing words to songs months after the album came out, when most kids these days seem to devote days out of their lives to memorize songs right when the album comes out, one would think this is an old show"

If it was Bryan's birthday then I *think* it was November 17th...

jamespastepunk (December 7, 2004)

Okay, so the review is bad, but it seems like its one of this person's first, cut this person some slack.

Of course it does sound like someone quoted way too liberally from the souls biopage, but hey.

Better luck next time, and keep going to shows.

gladimnotemo (December 7, 2004)

This must have been a terrible show. When did they go from a 'lagging audience' to a crowd that had to be pacified with requested songs?

bizzlebrizzle (December 7, 2004)

"Souls Suck Big Dong live"

Past instances in which I claimed to have liked you, were fraudulent!

You've not seen them play in Cincinnati...Greg is so damn inactive, I don't give a shit how good they are on the east coast.

sickboi (December 7, 2004)

"Souls Suck Big Dong live"

Past instances in which I claimed to have liked you, were fraudulent!

SethCohen (December 7, 2004)

Did this concert happen in like August? Based on political rants in December or late November, and children not knowing words to songs months after the album came out, when most kids these days seem to devote days out of their lives to memorize songs right when the album comes out, one would think this is an old show

joeg (December 7, 2004)

"He encouraged audience members to raise their fuck-fingers and join in"

This is why Midtown epitomizes lame faggotry and it ain't got nuthin to do with the music.

I think the bigger question everybody here seems to be overlooking is, who ultimately at the end of the night was THE HOTTEST guy on stage?

Do not write reviews. Stick to critiquing fashion shows which your in luck because the Used/My Chemical Romance tour should be hitting your area. *rimshot*

bizzlebrizzle (December 7, 2004)

The reviewer sucks for not talking about the loved ones awesomeness!

i'm going to start writing reviews since all the ones on here suck major dick!

bizzlebrizzle (December 7, 2004)

Souls Suck Big Dong live.

Anonymous (December 7, 2004)

oh you're a girl. my bad. But still....the SUCK!

Anonymous (December 7, 2004)

crap review, of what souds like a crap gig. i just wasted 2 minutes of my life, damn.

Anonymous (December 7, 2004)

So yeah, I have gay friends, but this...

Hitt resembled a supermodel with his long, slick, straight hair blowing in the breeze of a steel fan, perched at his feet.


That's just fucking faggity. Quit writing reviews, cause no one gives a shit who looks like a model or who blew a kiss to who.

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