Bouncing Souls

Bouncing Souls: live in Denverlive in Denver (2008)
Epitaph Records

Reviewer Rating: 5

Contributed by: bwisottbwisott
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Everyone was amped on Broadway Street for the popular punk rock show --tonight, the headliner being the legendary Bouncing Souls. The night started off with the local band Animo. I have seen this band a total of three times now while warming up for other bands and I will admit that i think they .

Everyone was amped on Broadway Street for the popular punk rock show --tonight, the headliner being the legendary Bouncing Souls.

The night started off with the local band Animo. I have seen this band a total of three times now while warming up for other bands and I will admit that i think they are quite good. I saw them with Big D and the Kids Table at the Marquis and Authority Zero at the Gothic. They are very entertaining but struggle to generate much crowd response. The have loads of energy -- a fast-paced punk rock feel with somewhat pop-punk lyrics and sound. I would reccomend checking them out though at the Kevin Says stage this summer at Warped if you are attending. They won't dissapoint.

Next up was the rapidly growing Static Radio NJ. Now, I know everyone says this about them, but they do sound like Kid Dynamite. They were fast-paced, edgy and mildly entertaining with their in-your-face punk. The crowd seemed almost irritated by them, though, and when some lady yelled that the pit sucked and needed to pick it up, it got kinda ugly. The singer yelled at her to get her ass down. And the set just slipped away from them, almost angering the crowd.

Denver's own Love Me, Destroyer was up third. They seem to have a decent fanbase growing around the city but I wasn't very impressed. About half the crowd got into them and half ignored their set because the Souls were all that mattered.

As expected at a Souls show, everyone was anxious to a max. With the "Here We Go" and "OLE!" chants picking up five minutes before set time, everyone was amped. Finally, the moment arrived. Greg and the rest of the crew took the stage and the crowd went nuts. They ripped straight into the classic "Hopeless Romantic" and it went crazy. The pit was in full force and adrenaline was at maximum. They then tore into fast-paced themes "Say Anything" and "That Song," the latter being off The Gold Record. They then slowed into melodic anthems "Lean on Sheena" and Kids and Heroes." They mixed it up in the middle with a string of the Misfits' "Hybrid Moments(acoustic)," a Johnny Cash cover of "Folsom Prison Blues" and "Joe Lies(When He Cries)."

Everyone was now covered in sweat and the pit was going crazy. They moved into "No Security" and "East Coast! Fuck You!" which didn't exactly fit for a Denver show, but it's a classic and I wasn't complaining. They ended with a bang, ripping out "Sing Along Forever" and "True Believers."

Everyone was totally satisfied and all 900-1000 people left completely happy. I drifted to the front after it ended and managed to snag a set list from the crew guy to top it off. But overall, a great punk rock show at the Gothic on Broadway in Denver.

Set list:

  1. Hopeless Romantic
  2. Say Anything
  3. That Song
  4. Cracked
  5. -----
  6. Lean on Sheena
  7. The Something Special
  8. Kids and Heroes
  9. The Freaks, Nerds and Romantics
  10. Headlights
  11. Joe Lies (When He Cries)
  12. Uke
  13. Hybrid Moments (acoustic Misfits cover)
  14. Folsom Prison Blues (Johnny Cash cover)
  15. Gone
  16. -----
  17. Argyle
  18. No Security
  19. East Coast! Fuck You!
  20. The Ballad of Johnny X
  21. Midnight Mile
  22. -----
  23. Private Radio
  24. Sing Along Forever
  25. True Believers
  26. ----- Encore:
  27. The Gold Song
  28. For All the Unheard


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android (May 4, 2008)

I wonder what took me so long to get into this band.canĀ“t wait til they come back to europe.

rkl (May 3, 2008)

heh, the reason i didnt go to this show is b/c the bus ride to englewood is a bitch. and nofx sold out. oh well, maybe i can pay one penny less to see pennywise.

bouncingsouls23 (May 2, 2008)

At last nights Souls show in Chicago WWE Pro Wrestler CM Punk was on stage to the side watching when during Manthem Bryan waved Punk on stage and sang the next 3 song with the band !

Citizen_Crack (May 2, 2008)

Does anyone think it gets mildly annoying when the Souls play "Gone" live and Greg just sort of wails, "GOOOOOOOOOONE" over and over again? I know it's in the song and all but it just seems to drag on and on and on and on...

bwisott (May 1, 2008)

Yeah archangel. It is in englewood. My bad but i didnt think people would know where englewod is so i posted it as denver

Archangel (May 1, 2008)

Isn't the Gothic in Englewood?

Not Denver?

I mean, there's a Broadway in Denver.

The Gothic isn't on it.

bwisott (May 1, 2008)

Ha ha yeah that bitch that came down from the balcony was ridiculous ven. Yeah their was a kinda weak crowd but it was still fun. That big dude during love me destroyer was crushing people in the pit too which was funny.

ven89 (April 30, 2008)

The song on the ukelele was a sick of it all cover, i don't remember which one.

Animo sucked, just boring derivative shit. Static Radio was ok but not that great, the crowd wasn't feeling it, the lady from the balcony to start a pit was one of the highlights of the show though. Love Me Destroyer is not that great, good guys though. The souls set was pretty great, although I was sort of shocked at the frat dude crowd they brought in. Ok show.

telegraphrocks (April 30, 2008)

What the fuck is "Uke"?

jumptheshark (April 30, 2008)

Ugh. This review just makes me want to cry that I can't go to see this show with Gaslight and Tim Barry tonight. Screw night classes so hard...

the_ken_chin_imposter (April 30, 2008)

Friday. Gaslight. Souls. Smalls.


I read this as saying that the bad the smalls were playing this show, then realized i was an idiot.

damnitsderek (April 30, 2008)

Based on this setlist, I am never forgiving myself for not taking the weekend off and going to the Seattle leg of this tour.

skankaholikk (April 29, 2008)

Friday. Gaslight. Souls. Smalls.


salvation (April 29, 2008)

That fucking Brooklyn show sold out before I even knew about it. I'm so bummed.

6000dollarsuit (April 29, 2008)

greg played "good lookin out" on the uke in seattle. good stuff.

Torgo (April 29, 2008)

I can't believe I'm not going to the Brooklyn show, I know the venue is small but it sold out surprisingly fast, I blew it. I am not pleased.

iamthebat (April 29, 2008)

Yes the show in Brooklyn shall be awesome, as long as I don't get lost getting there, I haven't been to this club before.

RonMexico (April 29, 2008)

Since when is "That Song" on the Gold Record?

inagreendase (April 29, 2008)

Seeing them Saturday with TB and Gaslight at a considerably small Brooklyn venue. Should be insanity.

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