The Bouncing Souls @ The Chance, Poughkeepsie, NY

Live Reviews | By on Mar 21st, 2003

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Opening Bands: The Casualties
Date: March 21st 2003
Venue: The Chance

Why does it rain EVERYTIME I go to the Chance. Man, it’s so shitty to drive in and it takes longer to get there too. Matt had to work so we missed the first two bands, Worthless United and Vision. I would have liked to seen Vision, but I’ve seen them before so. I haven’t heard of Worthless United but I believe they are Chunksaah.

My brother and I arrived right when The Casualties were going on. We headed upstairs into the already packed club. I didn’t like the Casualties that much. I’ve seen them once before and didn’t really like their style. The singer is kind of raw and hard to hear sometimes. Though they look like the punkiest band out there.

After the Casualties came on, the band everyone came to see, The Bouncing Souls was next. The crowd was chanting “Ole” over and over to get the Souls out there. Greg came out and was recording video of the crowd. They started the set off with “Argyle” and played several other great tracks “Ballad of Johnny X,” “I Like Your Mom,” “K8 is Great,” “Hopeless Romantic,” and “True Believers.” The Souls seemed more energetic than the past few times I’ve seen them. The crowd was really into it, and stage diving and getting up to sing with Greg. At one song, I forget which one, Greg fucked up the order of the verses for a song and was cracking up and could barely sing the rest of the song. I thought that was pretty funny to see, I think they were pounding Jack Daniels so that might have been the cause. That’s probably why I didn’t become a singer, forgetting parts of songs. That and I can’t sing either but whatever. I think I sound good in the shower.

During the set, The Souls played one of my favorite songs of theirs, “The Something Special.” I love that song, it’s so catchy. They played a few new songs and they really rocked. I can’t wait to hear the new album. They also played songs like “That Song” “Bryan’s Lament” “East Coast Fuck You.” “Here We Go” and something else was played during the encore. Towards the end of the set, the whole crowd bumrushed the stage and everyone was basically up there singing along. All of the Souls’ crew and friends were videotaping all the people on the stage, though I couldn’t see who it was because all I saw was arms. The show was fun and brought kids and adults of all ages to see the Bouncing Souls during these troubled times of War and Terrorism.


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