Background of the Bouncing Souls

By Elyssa McFadden
April 14, 2005

Courtesy of Epitaph Records

An important part of the Spring Fling tradition is the music. Every year, Cabrini strives to provide bands that will create an exciting atmosphere for students.

This year the bands will include Lovebomb, Zolof the Rock and Roll Destroyer and The Bouncing Souls. Spring Fling will be held Saturday, April 16 this year.

The Bouncing Souls formed when the members were in high school in 1987. The relatively stable line-up for the past 15 years has been comprised of vocalist Greg Attonitoni, Pete Steinkept on lead guitar, Bryan Kienlen playing bass and Shal Khichi on drums.

The Souls are a punk band and their music has been described as “loud, fast, three chord party music.”

Upon their high school graduation, music became a main priority and finding a label to release their records was a challenge. Unable to find a suitable label, they formed their own called Chunksaah Records. Their first album was called “The Good, The Bad and The Argyle.”

Soon after their first album was released, they began to tour. The buzz forming around the band helped them land a deal with BYO Records, who they eventually signed with. The Souls are no longer looked at as an underground band and are said to have created the local punk scene in New Jersey.

Following the success of their first album, they continued to release more albums, including their most recent titled, “Anchors Aweigh.” The Souls have and will continue to grow, picking up new fans along the way. However, no matter how successful they get, the band refuses to have their videos played on MTV to avoid the pop stigma.

The band is originally from East Brunswick, N.J. leading to a huge fan base in New Jersey and Philadelphia. They will be playing an already sold out show at The First Unitarian Church in Philadelphia to support the Syrentha J. Savio Endowment Program on Sunday, April 24.

It is said that The Bouncing Souls are guaranteed to put on an unforgettable performance. They have a reputation for immediately stage diving into the crowd to gain the instantaneous interest of fans. Come out on Spring Fling to watch this energetic performance.

Posted to the web by Ryan Norris

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