Bouncing Souls

Bouncing Souls (9:50 PM)

American Steel (8:45 PM)

Kevin Seconds (8:00 PM)

Sat, November 12, 2011

7:00 pm

$0.00 - $22.00

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This event is all ages

***the band will be playing two records per night in their entirety in chronological order*

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Bouncing Souls - (Set time: 9:50 PM)
Bouncing Souls
Over the past several weeks, we've been happily dwelling on how much fun we had learning and playing all of our albums this year at "Home For The Holidays" and it got us thinking: Now that we did our homework and we know all these songs, why not take this show on the road and share the fun with our people? So, over the course of 2011, we're going to do just that!

We're going to invade some of our favorite cities for a series of 4-night stands planned in some very intimate venues and play almost every song we ever wrote: Two records a night, in chronological order. That means all your favorite songs as well as all the lost causes and forgotten songs you've always wanted to hear live, but we never remembered how to play…come on out and sing along.

Support bands and details for the Los Angeles show will be announced soon... presale tickets and 4-night passes will go onsale through Chunksaah on Aug 31st and regular onsale will be September 2nd. Line-up information for these shows will happen about 2 months before the show dates, so stay posted!!!!

About The Souls:
You can count the number of bands who've stayed together for 20 years on two hands, and you can use just one to count those who've consistently released quality material for two decades. This year, The Bouncing Souls enter that esteemed category, and in keeping with their D.I.Y. roots, they've done it without major labels, corporate radio, MTV, or teen magazine pinups.
When married couples celebrate twenty years together, they're usually showered with anniversary gifts. The Bouncing Souls are celebrating their milestone by reversing that tradition and giving back to the fans, releasing one original song per month throughout 2009. More on that later, but first let's look back on some earlier days…
Picture it: 1989, a Knights of Columbus Hall in Bernardsville, New Jersey. A supportive music-loving teacher throws down $120 to cover expenses. A bunch of sweaty high school kids gather to sneak beers and rock all night at the debut show of a band called The Bouncing Souls. And a Jersey institution is born.
But the Souls' story actually begins a few years earlier than that historic gig. .
Like any young band with energy to burn and original songs under their belt, the boys took to the road in order to share their music and spirit with any crowd that would listen. While there were aspirations to find audiences across the globe, even college parties and basements were enough to keep hope alive in the early days. As bassist Kienlen puts it, "We never spent too much time worrying about the future. The point of the band was always celebrating the here and now, trying to make the best of whatever was in front of us at the time."
Doing it for the sake of the music, the fans, and their own inspiration for twenty years, the group – and their White Castle – are going pedal to the metal on a full tank of gas. According to their frontman, "The shared driving force is part of the mechanics that keeps the beast truckin' down the next highway. We were - and still are - a few passionate, rebellious, creative, idealistic, party loving punks looking for a good time, for something to believe in, and for something meaningful to live for."

With twenty years behind these legends from the Garden State, there's a lot more still to come from The B.S. – and that's no bull.
American Steel - (Set time: 8:45 PM)
American Steel
Fans of AMERICAN STEEL rejoiced with the reformation in 2005 which produced their first album in five years titled Destroy Their Future. After their triumphant return, American Steel are primed to build on their remarkable momentum and acclaim with the release of their fifth full-length, Dear Friends and Gentle Hearts; recorded at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, CA. From the opening note, Dear Friends and Gentle Hearts reflects American Steel’s unique ability to deliver invigorating songs with an artistic approach that is lost on the majority of their peers. The album’s penetrating songs, soulful choruses, and smart, constantly progressing guitar work combine to create what is by far the band’s paramount achievement to date. Guided by honest lyrics that melt into irresistible hooks which refuse to leave the listener’s head, Dear Friends and Gentle Hearts stands alone in a sea of whimsical, one-and-done offerings from countless other bands in the punk scene. It is truly one of those rare recordings that insights the longing for the cramped and carefree confines of a sweaty, jubilant house party. American Steel fans and music fans in general will be enraptured by this instant classic

In its earliest incarnation, American Steel was a band that sought to absorb influences at the far ends of the musical spectrum -€Crass, Fang, The Clash, East Bay pop punk, Irish folk songs, motown, soul -€and outstrip them all in both melody and intensity. Starting in 1995 as a loosely organized trio who traded turns at the mic (and occasionally instruments), the group soon recruited a permanent drummer and invested in amps, tuners, and eventually a van, and embarked on a five-year run of touring that would see them criss-crossing the North American continent dozens of times, starting in basements and backyards and eventually crossing into the club circuit.

American Steel’s recorded output is as different from song to song as it is from album to album. The first three American Steel records (1998’s Untitled , 1999’s Rogue’s March, and 2001’s Jagged Thoughts, all of which were recorded by Kevin Army), each take an innovative, complex, and sometimes schizophrenic approach to songwriting. The songs on Destroy Their Future range from the simple and stripped down to the bombastic and over-the-top.American Steel set Dear Friends and Gentle Hearts apart from their past recordings by melding Rory’s introspective often personal lyrics, with soulful aggressive energy that extends the range and scope of what can be classified as punk.

In May of 2002, in a move that surprised many of their fans and friends, American Steel decided to simply disband, playing their final show at 924 Gilman Street in Berkeley. With timing that could almost be called appropriate, American Steel,€ – a band that was built on (and celebrated) contradictions – ended their run just as they were starting to bend a few ears.

No one has been more surprised by the recent return of American Steel than the band members themselves. Rock music may have seen the birth and death of several sub-genres in the years since American Steel’s first run, but beneath the surface, very little has changed. The rise of digital music has made it easier than ever to find bands to like, and harder than ever to find bands to love. Whatever the case, American Steel is back, and Dear Friends and Gentle Hearts is their powerful and focused entry into the fray.
Kevin Seconds - (Set time: 8:00 PM)
Kevin Seconds
Like Ted Leo, Kevin Seconds is a journeyman road warrior. In the 30 years since the start of his first band, the hugely influential hardcore punk band 7 Seconds, he has worked on a legion of side projects, including Mustard, Drop Acid, and Ghetto Moments. But his passion in recent years has been for his acoustic-based solo work. Bay Area stalwart Asian Man Records released his new album, Good Luck Buttons, which includes solitary, hard-strummed songs like “No Good Eggs” as well as harmonica-aided full band tracks such as “Hello Square One.”

KEVIN SEAL
Venue Information:
Troubadour
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069
http://www.troubadour.com/

All lineups and times subject to change