by Jeff Jolley
Bouncing Souls totally rip up the stage. Check out their 7" release "The
Argyle EP" on Chunksaah Records, POB 974, New Brunswick, NJ 08903. Rational
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- So, what's some of the history of Bouncing Souls?
- Bouncing Souls grew up together. Pete and Sal, the drummer
and the guitarist, first played together when they were in 7th grade, and
we went to high school together and jammed like cover tunes, you know like
cover bands, and we sat around and drank beer in Brian's basement and played
and we all kinda went our different ways for awhile and then got back
together in like '88 or '89, I guess, and we came to Bouncing Souls but we
played a lot of different music, we played totally different styles, we
didn't know what we were doing, we were learning. We decided all to move
in together in a house in New Brunswick, NJ.
- Did that help?
- I don't know if you can say it helped in a positive way.
Things got crazy, like, in the end it was positive. We learned a lot,
learned like how to live, how to live with people, we had like 10 people
living in a house, parties all the time, how to deal you know, like, you
know, it was crazy kinda like when you try to have a house, and have like
shows you know in the backyard, and we tried to do it consistently, it went
well but a lot of shit happens along the way, like too many people cause
problems and personal problems between us that we had to deal with which
everyone had to deal with and that was the big stuff which hit our band in
the head. So, it's good, it's better, it's good that we dealt with it, but
I wouldn't say it was positive all the way through, it was pretty rough
road, you know.
- What motivates you to stay through it?
- I don't know. I don't know what the hell. There's some weird
thing, like, there are times when I don't know why, I think about things that
happened, and I don't know why I just didn't believe that they're psychic
now, you know what I mean, like some shit that we all did a million times
certain things but now I know it's worth it, you know, totally worth it
because us being together for so long made us. It wasn't how well we played
or how much we learned or how cool we are together as people but I think
about that and oh man how am I ever going to deal with like, it's so hard
you know what I mean to maintain this relationship....
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