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Bouncing Souls / Hot Water Music - Split [7-inch] (Cover Artwork)

Bouncing Souls / Hot Water Music

Bouncing Souls / Hot Water Music: Split [7-inch]Split [7-inch] (2011)
Chunksaah Records

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Oh hell yes. This week the Bouncing Souls and Hot Water Music, two of the mightiest punk bands from my beloved East Coast, combined forces for a split seven-inch. Released on the Souls' own Chunksaah Records, the bands cover each other's tunes, to great success. The Souls tackle "Wayfarer", from HWM.
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Oh hell yes. This week the Bouncing Souls and Hot Water Music, two of the mightiest punk bands from my beloved East Coast, combined forces for a split seven-inch. Released on the Souls' own Chunksaah Records, the bands cover each other's tunes, to great success. The Souls tackle "Wayfarer", from HWM's 2002 record Caution, while HWM in turn takes on "True Believers" from 2001's How I Spent My Summer Vacation.

Let's be clear: This seven-inch is for the devoted. The covers aren't too different from the originals, but they're a nice gift to fans. And the packaging is cool. This split comes in a variety of pretty colors; mine is a black/silver vinyl with red splatter. The sleeve is black paper with red and silver foil embossed. The Souls and HWM logos shine from the cover. If you're a fan, this is the kind of dorky stuff you will obsess over.

And hey, it plays music too. The Souls go first, and they do a bang-up job with "Wayfarer". Musically, it's pretty similar to the original. The vocals are where things change. HWM frontman Chuck Ragan tends to get descriptions like "gravelly," "throaty" and "beardy as fuck" thrown his way. Those things don't really apply to Souls singer Greg Attonito. He's much cleaner but just as energetic, and the cover overall is successful.

"Wayfarer" converts easily to the Souls' style-check out those "whoa"s-but I have to declare HWM's take on "True Believers" the better performance. To be fair, I also think "True Believers" is the better song, so in a way everyone is a winner. HWM gives it a raw spin, keeping the hooks but adding some grit. The guitar solo is just as great this time around too.

The seven-inch is already sold out on Chunksaah.com, but retail and tour versions are available in limited quantities.

 

 
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phelansegur (January 20, 2011)

Purrrfect !!

hobbzoid (January 12, 2011)

this is the least crucial release of the year.

danperrone (January 12, 2011)

souls cover is poor. greg needs to sounds more motivated.

mike_killroad (January 11, 2011)

I got jipped on a good color mix with the vinyl. HWM totally destroys the Souls, however it's good altogether. I

jimmynorville (January 11, 2011)

There's a second press on chunksaah.com now

MN_DrNick (January 11, 2011)

Enjoyable. It's not great, but it's a fun listen.

StraightToHell82 (January 11, 2011)

This is great. HWM's cover beats out the Souls by a nose... but they both did great jobs.

ashtraymonument (January 11, 2011)

souls should have done giver. minds would have been blown

Heathbar (January 11, 2011)

I didn't think it was possible for anything involving Chuck Ragan to get less than 5 stars on this site, which I wholeheartedly support, by the way.

bryne (January 11, 2011)

It's good, even if the covers are both a bit by-the-book.

Obviously would've preferred two new songs, but what're ya gonna do.

thepopeofchili-town (January 11, 2011)

I think Chris should have sang True Believers. His voice would have suited it better. Or at least 50/50 with Chuck. Still, can't really complain. Great little split, and it looks amazing, too.

dingbat (January 11, 2011)

I love the Hot Water "True Believers" cover, but the Souls' side sounds lazy to me. Just kind of drags along.

Babrook (January 11, 2011)

Souls should have done Trusty Chords, but this is still fanservice at it's highest level.

And I love it.

Babrook (January 11, 2011)

Souls should have done Trusty Chords, but this is still fanservice at it's highest level.

And I love it.

skolarx (January 11, 2011)

never thought i'd read anything that Greg does as "energetic"

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