Bowling For Soup Live At Southampton Guildhall

Bowling For Soup
Southampton Guildhall, UK
October 10, 2004
If you've been listening to the radio recently, you should know what Texas' Bowling For Soup are all about. Their chart-bothering single '1985' was an infectious anthem of bubblegum rock lifted from an album that could happily soundtrack your days at Uni and, though they're not yet pop-punk nobility, Bowling For Soup are certainly cementing their importance within the scene.

Out on the road to promote new album 'A Hangover You Don't Deserve', Jaret Reddick and the BFS boys have been taking their intoxicating live show across the UK. So, what do you get when you take four Texan pranksters, season with high school lyricism and cutie-pop melodies, and mix in 2000 pogoing fans?

Bowling For Soup are often derided by critics for producing 'simply more of the same' on record, yet in the live arena they are a wholly different proposition. As they power through opener 'Emily' there is a vigour and impetuous urgency that never quite emerges in the studio. Not exactly exposing a flaw, more a new level of dynamics to the band. Old favourites 'Suckerpunch' and 'The Bitch song' are given an airing alongside premieres of new material and all are absorbed by the crowd as if masterpieces of music long forgotten.

In a set punctuated by explosions of humour such as the BFS Beer Break and pinging plectrums into the crowd with fans bra's, breakthrough single 'Girl All The Bad Guys Want' is an obvious highlight of the night. The fan reaction as Reddick kicks into the opening riff is one surely worthy of the Richter scale, and the tune is played with such enthusiasm that you can't help but get bouncing. Original Pranksters they may not be, but they are certainly one hell of a fun band to watch.

Writer: Dave Hardwick

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