The Bouncing Souls, one of my favorite groups of all-time, will be celebrating their 20th year of existence in 2009.
(left: The Pete and Greg chipping away in the studio.)
For those that don’t know, New Jersey’s Bouncing Souls have been making catchy east coast punk anthems since 1989, and besides bringing a smile to the mosh pit, they have also kept up a steady regimen of touring and have never signed to a major label (though they’ve been courted several times). For their debut full-length album, 1994’s The Good, The Bad & The Argyle, the Bouncing Souls even went as far as plastering their CD’s with an anti-MTV logo.
Years later, as MTV and major labels have lost their full-nelson-like grip on the music industry, the Bouncing Souls are looking like geniuses (and have no guilt to hold them down).
As a thank you to their fans for 20 years of support, in 2009 the Bouncing Souls will self-release a brand new song (via download) every month on Chunksaah! Records (their first record label home). Every few months the band will then put out a 7″ featuring their latest songs (for those that like hard copies along with their digital goodies).
The Bouncing Souls’ first song, “Gasoline,” will be released on January 1. And as always, the Bouncing Souls will be touring throughout 2009.