From New Brunswick, New Jersey, this distinguished punk rock band have been 'whooping' up the national rock scene since 1987, and many of you will find this incredulous, have unlike most punk outfits had very few changes in line-up in nearly 25 years. Seemingly they have been able to co-exist and prosper whilst eschewing the 'punk band curse' of constantly acting with infantile puerility, falling out with each other and 'huffing-off' in to the horizon like spoilt brats.
'How I Spent My Summer Vacation' is the fifth studio album and was released in May 2001. The Bouncing Souls music is encapsulated in this album, with catchy hooks, the 'chink'a'chinkin' rhythms, the thumping bass, great riffs, and the wide spectrum of the punk genre covered by them from hardcore to the more melodic offerings. This outfit do what they do extremely well, with fast upbeat songs for the most part, but with plenty of variety to sustain and inflame interest. This album contains some of the bands most famous songs and the sounds they are known for.
Not a weak track to be heard with a cracking opener "That Song", fast and purposeful laying down the standards, followed up with others such as "Private Radio", bright and bouncy, "Broken Record", building up into a power chord blaster, "No Comply", with a high octane drive and "Gone", with memorable riffs and hooks. Stand-out track? Difficult with such a wealth of choice but perhaps the award should go to "Manthem", which comes in typical Jersey punk style, with an anthemic quality encouraging crowd chanting during the chorus which is in itself is quite a fun sing-a-long.
This album has great, distinct vocals, plenty of variety, excellent bass and guitar teamwork, good production values, a feel good factor and is highly commended.