Power-punkers Bouncing Souls return to Buffalo in support of its sixth studio release "How I Spent My Summer Vacation." We caught up with singer Greg Attonito on the phone before the start of the four-band "True Believers" tour.
Q: So how did you spend your summer vacation?
A: We made this record, and that's how we came up with the name. It seemed a little silly at first, but then we thought how serious our other CD titles were and thought this would be fun.
Q: Are you happy with the recording?
A: We love it. It has the feeling of our live shows that we wanted to capture. It captures the energy but doesn't sound live. It has good production. It comes out of the speakers and grabs you.
Q: Your music is positive and fun. Is that done on purpose?
A: I don't know how else to do it. If it wasn't fun, it's not worth it. We were conned into the business aspect of it for a while, and it was one of the most miserable experiences of my life. We knew things had to change. We reevaluated ourselves and we're having fun again. And if it feels good and you're positive, it comes right back to you.
Q: Do you enjoy playing in package tours like this?
A: Yes. When we were a smaller band, we would tour with another small band. You can then enjoy all the experiences of touring much better. It's more fun being with other people, as opposed to an ego trip where you're out there on your own.
Q: Your band has been making punk music since 1989. What's the music's magic for you?
A: Instantly, it's something you feel inside. You know, "This is who I am," as opposed to other things people want you to be. Listening to punk is the first step in connecting with it. Once you start playing, you find a new way of expressing yourself and a new perception of how life was before. Once that happens, there's no turning back.
Bouncing Souls, Flogging Molly, One Man Army and Madcap will play at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Showplace Theatre, 1063 Grant St. Call 447-1271 or 852-5000.