The four had played in various local acts before they decided to join forces and put together a band. After graduating from high school, the four collectively moved to New Brunswick, New Jersey, a college town that had a friendlier attitude toward punk rock than their hometown. Taking the name the Bouncing Souls -- a play on the "Bouncing Soles" slogan for Doctor Marten boots, a popular item of punk footwear -- they moved into a punk rock flophouse, began practicing regularly, and were soon playing parties, basements, and any bar that would give them a break.
Inthe Bouncing Souls cut a four-song demo that they distributed on cassette, and inComplex Records released their debut 7", a four-song effort titled Ugly Bill. Chunksaah dropped the first full-length album from the Souls, The Good, the Bad, and the Argyle, inwhich featured several tunes that had previously appeared on their early EPs. The group toured heavily to spread the word about their first LP, and after their second, Maniacal Laughter, came out inthe Bouncing Souls landed an opening spot on a tour with Youth Brigade that introduced them to new audiences across the United States.
Some of the Bouncing Souls' new fans were the staff at Epitaph Records, the successful Southern California punk label, who liked their sound as well as their work ethic, and signed the band to a record deal in Before the year was out, the Souls had made their Epitaph debut with their Nin - Various - Hardcore Tunes 2006 (CD) third album, though the group would later refer to it as a rush job full of songs that didn't feel finished.
The Bouncing Souls were in stronger form on 's Hopeless Romantic, which found the band exploring Nin - Various - Hardcore Tunes 2006 (CD) personal lyrical themes while still delivering their energetic punk sound.
While Hopeless Romantic was seen by some as a creative breakthrough, it was also the last LP from the original lineup of the Bouncing Souls; drummer Shal Khichi left the group inand Michael McDermott, who had previously played with Murphy's Law, Skinnerbox, and Mephiskapheles, took his place behind the kit. That same year, Nin - Various - Hardcore Tunes 2006 (CD) Records brought the Bouncing Souls and leftist punks Anti-Flag together for a split album that included new songs from both acts, covers, and the two bands interpreting each other's songs.
The band toured the U. It would prove to be their last album with drummer Michael McDermott, who left the Souls in Later that year, George Rebelo, who had played with Against Me! In true Bouncing Souls fashion, they also set out on a 30th anniversary tour that would take them across the United States as well as Europe and the U. Sign In. November 9, Archived from the original on April 16, Retrieved May 17, Archived from the original on May 10, Retrieved December 31, Interviewed by Tony Pascarella.
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