The Bouncing Souls could have been a novelty.
With a moniker that referenced the soles of Doc Martens, a snarling cover of the Strangeloves’ “I Want Candy” and multiple breakneck tunes that quoted John Cusack movies, the New Jersey punk quartet could have flamed out after its debut, “The Good, The Bad and The Argyle.” But more than 20 years, nine studio albums and a few drummers later (George Rebelo has now been with the band since 2013), the group has endured to be much more than instrumentally unhinged eighties culture devotees.
By continuing to deliver relatable three-chord racket to generations of DIY loyalists and drunken celebrants (see: “Ole” off 1999’s “Hopeless Romantic”), longtime core members vocalist Greg Attonito, guitarist Pete Steinkopf and bassist Bryan Kienlen have cemented their sonic reputation with generations of listeners. Teenage fans that were transformed by the runaway angst, Johnny Cash reverence and Quick Check romance of 1995’s “Maniacal Laughter” now have kids of their own, ones apt to spin the band’s newest release (July’s “Simplicity”) and feel the same pulsating connection assured through its earliest work—albeit without lines from “Say Anything” or “Better Off Dead.”
Bouncing Souls has a show scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12 in Waiting Room (334 Delaware Ave.). Off with their Heads and Masked Intruder will open. This is an all-ages show. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 advance (ticketfly.com), $25 at the door. For info and tickets, visit waitingroombuffalo.com.