The Bouncing Souls' Greg Attonito on Florida, Comet, and ECFU
The Bouncing Souls' recently released its ninth album, Comet, celebrating 26 years of energetic New Jersey punk.
"We're doing it for us and them [the audience] almost as a family, it feels like. I think that's what makes The Bouncing Souls special. That's what propels us and keeps it going," says vocalist Greg Attonito. "Otherwise it's, like, why am I going to go on tour again? I've been to this place a thousand times."
The Bouncing Souls have performed in Phoenix quite a few times, and this time the band is stopping by Nile Theater with The Menzingers on Sunday, July 8.
We recently caught up with Greg Attonito to discuss crazy shows in Florida, Comet, and how "East Coast Fuck You" sometimes gets misinterpreted.
Up on the Sun: Looks like you guys had a good time in Florida, aside from getting your stuff stolen.
Greg Attonito: I'm calling it the most insane Monday night in history. Things get kind of crazy in Florida in general, but that entire night was just madness. It's Monday -- what is happening here? What are you people on?
What all happened?
Just from A to Z, the people were crazy screwed up, like getting backstage, stumbling, not leaving backstage, and getting escorted out, stumbling in the bar. Girls tearing their shirts off in the front row and not putting them back on. Just like, okay, we're hanging out. Cool. Just overall craziness. There's crazy fun, and crazy like what the fuck is going on around here.
Has most of the tour been that crazy or was that just a weird Florida Monday night thing?
No, and I have to stress, too, that kind of stuff happens on tour. But what happens in Florida, I'm going to get in trouble saying all this stuff in an interview . . .
It's cool. We're not Florida.
I know, but people in Florida will read it. I want to say that it's great. St. Pete is so awesome, and the show in Jacksonville was awesome. It started out really mellow, and all of a sudden, it started getting really crazy, and there's a lot of little things . . . That's about enough of that. I don't want to say it was that crazy.
You guys have been a band for a good 25 years and have only had one lineup change. How has the band managed to stick around for so long?
It's very simple. If you really love music and really love each other as friends and have really great people that manage to make it work . . . mostly 90 percent of it is Kate, who's our manager. Without her, we wouldn't have been able to take care of all of the stuff that we can't really do, and tour, and make music at the same time.
Those elements and all of the bands, all of the people that love the music that have propelled us as well, because at this point, we're doing it for us and them almost as a family, it feels like. I think that's what makes The Bouncing Souls special. That's what propels us and keeps it going. Otherwise, it's like, "Why am I going to go on tour again? I've been to this place a thousand times."
Did she inspire "Kate Is Great"?
The actual story, it wasn't about her. We had written a song, and she called and we were like, 'Hey, what's up Kate?' She was like, 'How's it going?' we were like, 'Good, we just wrote a song, we're trying to think of a name for it.' And she said, 'Why don't you call it 'Kate Is Great'?' 'It's done.'