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Bouncing Souls / Tim Barry

Bouncing Souls / Tim Barry: live in Brooklynlive in Brooklyn (2008)
Epitaph Records

Reviewer Rating: 4


Contributed by: InaGreendaseBrian
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We couldn't have guessed that the Gaslight Anthem would take the stage only a half-hour after doors, so we missed their entire set. Fortunately, we heard the set was made up of only the four songs from the new EP, one new song and a couple from the full-length; craving a Sink or Swim-heavy set, it s.


We couldn't have guessed that the Gaslight Anthem would take the stage only a half-hour after doors, so we missed their entire set. Fortunately, we heard the set was made up of only the four songs from the new EP, one new song and a couple from the full-length; craving a Sink or Swim-heavy set, it seemed we'd live.

Tim Barry was about ready to go when we arrived. With my (now shaved) playoff beard on face and PBR in hand, I was ready to give him another chance despite being largely uninterested by both Rivanna Junction and the set they'd played at our CMJ showcase. Blasphemy, I know. My efforts were rewarded with a surprisingly enjoyable set from the good ol' boy, but now I know why -- Barry appeals to me way more when he's stripped down to the essentials: his voice and guitar. He played the set alone as his sister, Caitlin, was home pregnant, and his other bandmate Josh Small was busy playing a show with his other band, Brainworms. Barry was in great spirits and put on a rugged, superb performance. He engaged the excited crowd, who had plenty of his fans; he even teased us with a few bars of the Cash cover, but refrained from playing it in full. For the first time I really found myself following Barry's narratives closely and very much captivated by his storytelling. He may have converted me just yet.

Set list (7:18-7:50):

  1. ?
  2. ?
  3. -----
  4. 222
  5. -----
  6. Idle Idylist
  7. -----
  8. ?
  9. -----
  10. Church of Level Track
  11. -----
  12. Avoiding Catatonic Surrender
The Bouncing Souls playing this tiny Brooklyn venue was such a wonderful surprise when the show was first announced; it's 550 capacity, but it looks a lot smaller, and the lack of a barrier was greatly appreciated. Thus, Club Europa managed to house possibly my favorite Bouncing Souls show yet. The band played tons of old favorites as well as hilarious covers and some of the best tracks off my personal favorite, 2001's How I Spent My Summer Vacation. Greg was fairly inconsistent, but he was mostly energetic, believe it or not. Despite looking like he was in slow motion during "Midnight Mile," he stage dove several times during other jams and looked way into it for the band's more paced, sing-along romps.

A hooded fan came up just before "East Coast Fuck You!" and stole the mic right out of Greg's hands, and the band figured what the hell -- let's let him do a karaoke version of the song. The seemingly drunken fellow didn't know the words too well, at one point just constantly shouting "New York City!!! Fuck you!!!" But he gave off a classic NYHC swagger and thrusted the mic into the crowd so they could shout the (correct) lyrics back. This was when of Greg's multiple stage dives took place.

At one point, Greg picked up an acoustic guitar and strummed away for several songs. This resulted in super bizarre yet hysterical moments like the slowed down, serious vibes of "I Like Your Mom" and a balladic version of the Misfits' "Hybrid Moments," which had everyone grinning and shouting along. However, the best might've been Greg's solo ukelele cover of Sick of It All's "Good Lookin' Out"; easily one of the strangest covers anyone in the audience could've witnessed, it was nonetheless really fucking funny.

They also took just one request ("Quick Check Girl") and used it to kick off a four-song block that would precede the encore. That very encore seemed to end in underwhelming fashion for many in attendance, but I think the prolonged outro winded things down nicely.

Overall? Damn. I've seen the Bouncing Souls plenty of times before and enjoyed it, but this definitely takes the cake. 26 songs, pretty excellent vibes for a rambunctious crowd and good times had by all.

Set list (8:25-9:33, 9:35-9:46):
  1. Hopeless Romantic
  2. Say Anything
  3. That Song
  4. Cracked
  5. -----
  6. Lean on Sheena (Avoid One Thing cover)
  7. The Something Special
  8. Kid
  9. The Freaks, Nerds, & Romantics
  10. ?
  11. Headlights Ditch
  12. -----
  13. Joe Lies (When He Cries)
  14. I Like Your Mom (downbeat version)
  15. -----
  16. Good Lookin' Out (Sick of It All ukelele cover)
  17. -----
  18. Hybrid Moments (Misfits ballad cover)
  19. -----
  20. Gone (mostly acoustic)
  21. -----
  22. Argyle
  23. No Security
  24. -----
  25. East Coast Fuck You! (karaoke)
  26. -----
  27. The Ballad of Johnny X
  28. -----
  29. Midnight Mile
  30. -----
  31. Quick Check Girl (request)
  32. Private Radio
  33. Sing Along Forever
  34. True Believers
  35. -----
    Encore:
  36. Kids and Heroes
  37. -----
  38. Night on Earth (Greg's acoustic accompaniment)

 

 
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danpib08 (May 9, 2008)

Tim stick with writing new Avail material instead, Avail are so fucking good.

ajn1118 (May 8, 2008)

I was at the show, was real mad I missed gaslight. I've never been a fan of Tim Barry, so his set bored me. As for the Bounciong Souls, they're probably one of my favorite bands, but the show was good just not one of their best. They were a lot better when I saw them play at the Court Tavern in New Brunswick and when they played the Home for the Holiday's shows in Asbury.

iamthebat (May 7, 2008)

There's also two vids on youtube of gaslight's preformence. I was hoping to see my dunk ass somewhere online, but maybe next time :)

damnitsderek (May 7, 2008)

Every time I see a Souls review on this site, I just want to cry because I know I made the wrong decision in being a good friend and taking a weekend off for my friend's birthday instead of this show.

scientistrock (May 7, 2008)

The Gaslight dudes sent out a myspace bulletin warning everyone they'd be on early brah.

badbrain (May 7, 2008)

I took a four and a half hour bus ride up to Manhattan from DC for this show, namely for Tim Barry and Gaslight. I'm sure I'd like the Bouncing Souls but I'be never wound up ever taking the time to really listen to them. I perused Manhattan for a few hours, then took a cab to Brooklyn. The cabbie didn't know Brooklyn and I realized that I wound up getting dropped 30 blocks south of the venue after I called my friend to google map my location to where I needed to be. (I didn't know there there was a Meserole STREET in addition to Meserole AVENUE, so "Meserole and Manhattan" weren't the most specific instructions for the cabbie i guess). I walked the 30 blocks and got there just as Gaslight was about to go on. It was pretty packed so I just downed beers for most of their set until the last two songs when I decided to work my way up. It was a good set it just sucks that it was so short, but that was to be expected since they were opening I guess. I really love and was surprised by how much love Tim Barry gets in NY, of all the times I've seen him it was second to only Richmond as far as how many people were into it and singing along and shit. I fucking love that guy. Can't wait for the Empire show with Josh Small next week. I left before the Souls since I'd never really heard em and I had tickets for Iron Man at that AMC in Times Square. I think I made friends with some Bloods on my way back to Penn Station. I don't know, for my first time being in New York I enjoyed it, I'll probably head up there for more shows more often. I'm really just rambling right now, I've had a few drinks, if you've read this far I really am sorry

Torgo (May 7, 2008)

I think you're thinking of them fucking up Headlights... Ditch! to the point to where it didn't sound like it until they went into it acoustically.

inagreendase (May 6, 2008)

"?" was some really fast and sloppy song where Greg's vocals slowed down during a "chorus" of sorts and he went "Yeahhhh! Whooooa!" I didn't recognize it at all, but it sounded pretty old.

Torgo (May 6, 2008)

They did not play a song I didn't know.

kevtv (May 6, 2008)

the "?" was, i think, a new song.

Torgo (May 6, 2008)

Greg was surprisingly crazy that night, one of the most enegetic times I've ever seen him.

To Brian: My setlist doesn't have anything inbetween Freaks and Headlights... not sure what that ? is supposed to be.

kevtv (May 6, 2008)

I was at this show. First off, thanks for the set list.

Gaslight could have definitely played a song or 2 more from the LP< but overall a good, but short, set.

Tim Barry was a good time. Beers, tunes, stories. First time seeing Tim's solo material. Couple songs could have used the additional instrumentation that the album has.

The Bouncing Souls started off really strong. I thought they dragged the acoustic thing a bit much in the middle, despite the covers being interesting / funny.

The Souls are a band that will always miss a couple songs you wanted to hear because they just have so many great tracks. My one complaint is not enough off The Gold Record, which I think is their strongest release. Playing "Midnight Mile" as one of two choices from the album almost made up for it.

I took a friend I work with to the show and he dug the show big time, saying the Souls music was like he knew all the songs, not in a bad way - just instantly catchy and memorable.

Probably my 12th time seeing them. Looking forward to the next 12.

Kev

Nap (May 6, 2008)

Few songs from The Gold Record

DrGunn (May 6, 2008)

show was fucking bizarre. greg had a pretty weird monologue in there, the acoustic i like your mom, the ukulele SOIA cover, pretty much all old songs, it had a weird vibe though. but by my count this was my 19th souls show, so it's good to see them mix it up.

baseball (May 6, 2008)

Awesome lineup, wish I could have seen the show.

skankaholikk (May 6, 2008)

Score is for the Pittsburgh show. Gaslight should play after Tim Barry, come on. Tim is good, but Gaslight is Gaslight. Pittsburgh also got cheated out of Navesink and Wooderson. I've seen them 3 times so far and have yet to hear Navesink live. They'll be back.

onegirlarmy (May 6, 2008)

Fantastic show.

Also, missing Tim Barry songs:

#2: Dog Bumped
#3: Exit Wounds
#5: Wait At Milano

iamthebat (May 6, 2008)

Brian, Gaslight's setlist was:

Drive
Senor and the Queen
I'da Called You Woody Joe
Wherefor art thou, Elvis?
Navesink
Wooderson
New Song (Title track "59 sound", if I heard him correctly)
Say I Won't Recognize
Blue Jeans and White T Shirts

Gaslight was the best part of the show. Probably because I've seen the Souls tons of times and this was first time for Gaslight. :)

misterspike (May 6, 2008)

Why they don't play "So Jersey" more often is beyond me. Just an amazing song.

telegraphrocks (May 6, 2008)

I love the Bouncing Souls sooooo fucking much, but I do gotta admit it's kind of weak to see the same set-lists for every show of this tour (minus one or two songs).
They have so many songs that it just seems lazy to play the same exact ones.

Anyway, I'm done crying. Score is for Souls and Tim Barry.... Gaslight's working up to it....

crackpotdemagogue (May 6, 2008)

forgot to add the score in below post, duh

crackpotdemagogue (May 6, 2008)

sounds like a great show. i love the souls. score is for the souls, the review, and greg playing the ukulele

dietcokeofpunk (May 6, 2008)

score is for the gaslight anthem, tim barry, the souls, and dropping the F-bomb in a review.

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