The Bouncing Souls Premiere “Up To Us” Music Video
New Album Simplicity Out Today on Rise Records
UK Tour Starting Next Week
Photo Credit: Danny Clinch
New Jersey’s punk rock legends, The Bouncing Souls, have released their milestone tenth full length, Simplicity, today via Rise Records. To celebrate, the band have teamed with AV Club to premiere their music video for “Up To Us.”
Simplicity is a record that celebrates the legacy of The Bouncing Souls while also appreciating the band’s present. To that end, the music video for “Up To Us” finds the band looking through memories, appreciating how far they’ve come, and doing what they do best: playing timelessly anthemic punk rock.
AV Club put it best, calling Simplicity, “both a back-to-basics album of hard-charging punk and a deepening of the themes and topics the group’s music has addressed throughout its existence, of which “Up To Us” is an ideal distillation.”
Simplicity is available now. The Bouncing Souls will be hitting the road next week with upcoming European and UK tour dates, as well as US shows, including the band’s own Stoked For The Summer shows in Asbury Park, NJ, which wrap up today.
Watch the “Up To Us” music video via AV Club:
The Bouncing Souls are something of a punk rock institution. The band have been consistently churning out their beloved brand of anthemic punk since 1989, and have earned an intensely loyal fanbase with tireless touring and an unrelenting love of making music. As the band approached the creation of their tenth full length, they sought to make a record that captured the spirit of their earlier work, while incorporating who they are today. That record is Simplicity and its 13 tracks of undeniably infectious punk rock prove that The Bouncing Souls have a lot more to say.
In making Simplicity, The Bouncing Souls set out to write songs that, first and foremost, would translate into the live environment. With over 20 years worth of anthems under their collective belt, it’s a challenge to write a setlist that incorporates newer material, but Simplicity‘s many standouts are more than up to the task. Next, the band enlisted the help of producer John Seymour, who manned the mixing boards for their fan favorite LPs How I Spent My Summer Vacation and Anchors Aweigh, to record the album with all of the raw energy of the live performance. The production of Simplicity perfectly embodies the band’s bite and power, the driving guitars, prominent bass, rock-solid drums, and soaring vocals all cutting through with no unneeded studio shine. From speedy hardcore-influenced ragers, to comparatively tender punk ballads, Simplicity‘s dynamics show every side of The Bouncing Souls.
On Simplicity, The Bouncing Souls do what so few long-running bands are able to accomplish: they utilize all of the skills and lessons that come from over 20 years of making music, while still capturing the reckless spontaneity of their past work. That delicate balance can only be found if there’s a sincerity in the songs that comes from genuine love of playing music together, and The Bouncing Souls have that in spades.
Simplicity is out now via Rise Records. Purchase HERE.
1. Driving All Night
4. Digital Twilight Zone
5. I Wanna Be Bored
6. Hey Aliens
7. Hero Zero
8. Writing On The Wall
9. Rebel Song
13. Up To Us
07/29 Asbury Park, NJ @ Stoked For The Summer w/ Rocket From The Crypt, The Explosion, The Flatliners
08/02 Huddersfield, UK @ The Parish
08/03 Glasgow, UK @ Stereo
08/04 Blackpool, UK @ Rebellion Festival
08/05 Bristol, UK @ The Exchange
08/06 London, UK @ Underworld
08/07 Kingston, UK @ Fighting Cocks
08/09 Tomlin, SI @ Punk Rock Holiday Festival
08/13 Atlanta, GA @ Wrecking Ball Festival
09/17 Los Angeles, CA @ 3rd Annual Horton’s Hayride
09/28 Hamburg, DE @ Markthalle *
09/29 Berlin, DE @ Lido *
09/30 Hanover, DE @ Faust *
10/01 Amsterdam, NL @ Melkweg *
10/02 Antwerpen, BE @ Zappa *
10/04 Cologne, DE @ Luxor *
10/05 Karlsruhe, DE @ Substage *
10/06 Lindau, DE @ Club Vaudeville *
10/07 Schweinfurt, DE @ Alter Stattbahnhof *
10/08 Munich, DE @ Backstage Halle *
10/09 Vienna, AT @ Arena *
* w/ The Menzingers, Roger Harvey