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Twenty Years in and Still Going Strong

August 23rd, 2009

The Bouncing Souls – Webster Hall – August 21, 2009

The Bouncing Souls - Webster Hall - August 21, 2009

The Bouncing Souls are one of pop-punk’s strongest and still most relevant bands, even though they formed well before the genre ever made it into the mainstream. Celebrating 20 years together, the Souls are still going as strong as ever, as evidenced by last week’s two sold-out Webster Hall shows. They’ve released countless records, EPs and singles (including a new one for each month of 2009 in celebration of this 20th anniversary), and perhaps the only problem with that is they didn’t get to play as much from their older records as fans might have wanted. However, they did work their way through an impressive selection of their back catalog. In addition to playing a few of the newly released songs, the Souls also played such favorites as “Lean on Sheena,” “I Like Your Mom” and what could be considered their anthem, “True Believers,” throughout their 60-minute set. The show’s broad demographic is a testament to the band’s influence and staying power over the years, as beer-gutted 30 year olds danced next to high school kids barely old enough to drive. For the band and fans alike, and as the Souls song “Kids and Heroes” so eloquently puts it: In the end, it’s all a question of heart. —Kirsten Housel

Photos courtesy of Mina K