The Bouncing Souls are a punk rock band from New Jersey, although they are now based in New York City. The band formed in 1987, and is still around today. They have had only one personnel change in almost 20 years, a change of drummers. They started out as a garage band, putting out their own releases, and today, they are one of the biggest punk bands in the country.
The Bouncing Souls started out as a high school band, playing shows on weekends at VFW halls. After graduating, they stayed together and moved to New Brunswick, where they rented a house in order to be able to continue the band. They worked day jobs, played and practiced at night, and did shows on weekends. Little by little, they started touring, and making a name for themselves. Soon, they were touring Europe with Youth Brigade, and BYO Records was distributing their music. They did the "Ten Years of BYO In Your Face!" Tour, and when they were back in Jersey, they were headlining at City Gardens, where they had gone years ago to see bands play.
As the Souls got more and more popular, they had some problems. Brian Keinlen had blown his knee out, and started squatting in the Lower East Side. The band had an intervention, and helped Keinlen out of his funk. Indeed, this had a positive side, because the whole band moved to NYC, and that helped them get bigger and more popular. Things couldn't last forever, however. Shal Khichi, the original drummer, could no longer handle the demands of being in the band full-time. Since the other three members still wanted to continue going forward, the decision was made to ask Khichi to leave the band. This issue is fully explored in the documentary "Do You Remember? 15 Years of the Bouncing Souls". Those looking for a more complete explanation would be well advised to view that.
After a few years of having BYO distribute their material, the Bouncing Souls left for Epitaph Records, the record label founded by Brett Gurewitz of Bad Religion. After a great deal of soul searching, they signed with Epitaph, and still have excellent relations with BYO. In fact, one of their records, a split with Anti-Flag, was put out on BYO.
The Bouncing Souls Today
Today the Bouncing Souls are one of the most popular punk bands around. They consistently sell out their shows, and their albums are very heavily played on college radio stations. Their songs have changed, going from the carefree songs of their youth to songs that explore heavier issues such as suicide, love, and settling down. That is not to say that the Souls don't still know how to rock, because they do! In their documentary, the Souls state that they will continue to play music as long as they can, and as long as it is still fun. If their past is any indication, they will be around for a long time to come, and the world of punk rock is the richer for it.
Greg Attonito - vocals
Brian Kienlen - bass
Pete "The Pete" Steinkopf - guitar
Mike McDermott - drums
Shal Khichi - former drummer ==Albums== The Good, The Bad & The Argyle (1994)
Maniacal Laughter (1996)
Bouncing Souls (1997)
Hopeless Romantic (1999)
How I Spent My Summer Vacation (2001)
The Bad the Worse and the Out of Print (2002)
Dropping Food On Their Heads is Not Enough: Benefit For RAWA (2002)
Spilt Vol. 4: Bouncing Souls/Anti-Flag (2002)
Anchors Aweigh (2003)