The Bouncing Souls and The Menzingers at Nile Theater, 7/8/12 (VIDEO)

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The Bouncing Souls

The Bouncing Souls and The Menzingers
Nile Theater
Sunday, July 8, 2012

See also: The Bouncing Souls' Greg Attonito on Florida, Comet, and ECFU
See also: The Menzingers' Tom May Discusses Touring With His Heroes, Like The Descendents and Bouncing Souls

If you've seen The Bouncing Souls before, you know what to expect. Not a lot has changed over the 10 years or so I've been watching the band perform, aside from the obvious (different lineups and new albums). Otherwise, The Bouncing Souls always guarantee an energetic good time filled with sing-alongs and a little moshing.

Greg Attonito loves the fans.
The Bouncing Souls could very well exist in a vacuum. Frontman Greg Attonito still looks dapper in his button-down shirt, while bassist Bryan Kienlen still rocks a backwards hat. Remarkably, unlike most bands that have been around as long, as well as some of the fans, The Bouncing Souls have not grown fat or bald. The band has consistently produced fast paced punk that deals with relationships, pizza, John Hughes movies, and East Coast pride for the past nine albums.

The band played eight of the 10 songs from its latest album, Comet, which mostly earned lukewarm reactions. "Baptized" was an exception, and could very well become a permanent fixture on The Bouncing Souls' future setlists. The same could apply to "Static," though it's hard to tell since the audience just seemed stoked to see the band take the stage.

The band talked about their previous show at the Nile "sometime in the early 1900s," according to Kienlen. "It's good to see there's still shows going on here," he added.

After "Fast Times," fans started shouting a slew of requests, like "We Want Fun," "Night Train," and "Freebird," while others just started singing "Ole" louder and louder. Attonito put a stop to it by saying, "Okay, who said 'Freebird?' We're not taking requests, anyone who's seen us more than once knows we do, but not tonight."

Kienlen summed up the majority of the crowd's feelings best by responding with, "you dick." The band stuck with the no requests policy, but the setlist was pretty solid, so it wasn't a big deal unless you had your heart set on hearing "Ole," "I Like Your Mom," or "Apartment 5F."

From here on, the show reached its peak, with the band tearing through "ECFU," "Cracked," and "Hopeless Romantic" with minimal stage banter. The televisions on stage showed footage of hearts, The Bouncing Souls heart/anchor logo, CBGB's and Pretty in Pink-- watching Ducky dance around made "Argyle" that much more entertaining.

"True Believers" really got the crowd going--and I'm pretty sure a guy got thrown out because of it. The circle pit continued to grow with "Kate is Great," and a fight apparently broke out. "If you love fighting, take it outside," said Attonito, "We're at a fucking punk rock show, so take it easy." The crowd eventually mellowed out for "Comet," as the band took its encore break.

It would have been a blast to hear "Kate Is Great" and "True Believers" as encore songs, but the band returned with nine more songs. Attonito said "Late Bloomer" was about Kate, the band's tour manager, whom he said has a lot to do with the band's longevity.

"Gone" seemed like a logical end for the show (since the band has closed with it many, many times in the past), but Attonito picked up an acoustic guitar for "Ship in a Bottle," the last track on Comet.

I spy a Bouncing Souls tattoo.

Location Info


Nile Theater

105 W. Main St., Mesa, AZ

Category: Music

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i know it sounds mean, but you didnt really miss a lot by showing up after LUTHER. they didnt really do anything to stand out in my mind and the crowd was appropriately apathetic in return. in fact, this was generally a very tame show. i think it was just too hot in there for people to get tooooo rowdy.

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