A Punk Rock Triple Punch

September 9th, 2010


They’re from New Brunswick, N.J., but the Bouncing Souls hardly need an introduction. Playing socially conscious, lovelorn and heartfelt punk rock, the Souls (above, playing “True Believers”) came through Webster Hall last August to celebrate 20 years as a band. They hit Music Hall of Williamsburg on Sunday to play all the old favorites and hopefully a good selection of the new material released last year as part of the anniversary celebration. Expect thirtysomethings alongside teenagers belting out word after word.

The Great Explainer, out of Trenton, N.J., is a melodic punk band that released its debut EP on the Bouncing Souls’ label, Chunksaah Records, this summer. Such backing begs for simple comparisons, but the group’s take on hook-and-melody-laden songwriting and strong stage presence undoubtedly proves the Great Explainer’s talent. Defiance, Ohio, which takes its name from an actual location, plays acoustic, folkie punk rock via violin, cello and upright bass with a strong DIY current running throughout. Its most release, July’s Midwestern Minutes, is available on the band’s Web site as a free download. —Kirsten Housel