Here at the Paste Studio, we love luring artists out of their comfort zones and giving them the freedom to reimagine their songs in fresh new formats. That’s just what happened Tuesday, when pop-punk stalwarts The Bouncing Souls trekked north from their New Jersey headquarters to join us for a rare acoustic performance.
“We’re kind of underachievers when it comes to acoustic sessions,” admitted singer-guitarist Greg Attonito.
Playing without their “backbone”—bassist Bryan Kienlen and drummer George Rebelo—Attonito and guitarist Pete Steinkopf barreled through four favorites from the Bouncing Souls’ extensive catalog, which stretches back to 1994’s The Good, the Bad & the Argyle.
The duo opened with “Lean On Sheena”—a song, as Attonito noted, “written and made famous by, some people don’t know, Joe Gittleman of the Mighty Mighty Bosstones and Avoid One Thing, which we reworked a little for our album The Gold Record, way back in 1996 I believe… Dropping some serious facts here.”
Watch “Lean On Sheena” here.
Attonito and Steinkopf also treated us to a stripped-down version of “Satellite,” a standout from their most recent record, 2016’s Simplicity.
In between songs, the pair shared some details for their forthcoming festival, the second annual Stoked on Summer, which comes to the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, N.J., on Aug. 25 with a lineup including The Menzingers, Lucero, Mickey Rickshaw, Timeshares and others. The Bouncing Souls are also going on tour this summer with fellow ‘90s punk heroes Rancid and Dropkick Murphys—a testament to the enduring bond forged by some of the eras most beloved bands.
“We were able to have our growing pains together, through our twenties and thirties, and managed to get through that, and still we can instantly be teenage buds again,” Attonito said, describing the group’s longevity. “For a while, that part of us sort of went away. It never went away completely, but the pressure of having a business together and being on the road for years at at time, it grinded us down. So I feel real fortunate that we made it through those times.”
“As for how it’s done,” he added, “there’s a lot of small miracles involved.”
Check out the rest of the Souls’ acoustic set here…
...as well as a classic 2009 performance of “Anchors Aweigh,” an exclusive from the Paste Cloud.
And plan your summer around the Bouncing Souls’ upcoming tour dates:
The Bouncing Souls: 2017 Tour Dates
6/14/17 – Attnang-Puchheim, Austria – Equalityfestival
7/27/17 – Bangor, ME – Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion*
7/28/17 – Montreal, QC – ’77*
7/29/17 – Toronto, ON – Echo Beach*
7/30/17 – Cleveland, OH – Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica*
7/31/17 – Sterling Heights, MI – Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill*
8/2/17 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE*
8/3/17 – Philadelphia, PA – Festival Pier*
8/4/17 – Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony Summer Stage*
8/5/17 – Boston / Brockton, MA – Brockton Fairgrounds*
8/6/17 – Brooklyn, NY – Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk*
8/8/17 – Chicago, IL – Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island*
8/9/17 – Milwaukee, WI – BMO Harris Pavilion*
8/25/17 – Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony Summer Stage^