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Album Review: Bowling For Soup- Sorry For Partyin’

Bowling For Soup- Sorry For Partyin’

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With seven albums already under their belt, many questioned whether Bowling For Soup would serve us anything we hadn’t heard before. Whilst it’s obvious from first listen that Sorry For Partyin’ doesn’t mark a new direction for the band, it’s certainly anything but recycled material from their fourteen year career. What it does manage to do is consolidate exactly what fans adore about Bowling For Soup into a neat one-hour package, showing glimpses of maturity for a band that prides itself on being immature.

Not doing much to relinquish the lazy tag of “That Joke Band”, there are plenty of laugh-a-minute tracks, explaining just why Bowling For Soup are synonymous with having a good time. Opener ‘A Really Cool Dance Song’ acts as a scathing parody on the current music scene, resulting in an effort better than the majority of the bands they’re mocking. Catchy enough to be embraced by the drunken masses and for anyone else who doesn’t get the joke. Up next is ‘No Hablos Ingles’, a hilarious slice of sing-along sunshine pop punk, showcasing exactly how good a ‘novelty song’ can be. Typical BFS ground is lovingly trodden, with odes being sung to Beer and Penis alike, with ‘Hooray For Beer’ and joyously mirthful single ‘My Wena’ both satisfying the three-year gap from the band’s last effort.

It comes as no surprise that a band extolled for their witticisms and harbingers of bromance, hijinks and having fun are deft-handed at writing a comical three-minute ditty. The surprise comes from the ease in which the band navigates the deeper subject matter and the fact that there are clever and knowing lyrics hidden behind the jovial exterior. The soulful pseudo-ballad ‘Me With No You’ might just be the best song this band have ever written, emitting just enough emotion to smack you into the chest without treading into the dangerous slush-schmaltz territory that so many bands fall into. Beneath the expected song fare are some unexpected surprises, the Sugar Ray-esque ‘I Gotchoo’ is an eulogy to 90’s pop-rock, sunnier than a trip to the Equator and laced with a Motley Crue-inspired metal breakdown; it is perhaps the most bizarre song of the year and an undeniably guilty-pleasure. Equally as unexpected is the politically-charged ‘America (Wake Up Amy)’, showing that you don’t have to create an American Idiot-sized epic to give a subtle middle finger to the current state of affairs.

The only blotch on an otherwise flawless slate is that someone felt the need to shove two perfectly good and album-worthy songs into the dark depths of the bonus track list. Surely if Bowling For Soup can transcend what it means to be a light-hearted pop punk band, then they can manage a 17-track album without fear of reprimand? Despite the minor gripe, Sorry For Partyin’ showcases just how much depth, creativity and passion a so-called novelty band can have, so much so that if you still pin any band that dares to have a sense of humour as a joke then it will firmly be on you.



Steel Panther Announce UK 2010 Dates
October 26, 2009, 3:11 pm
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LA’s finest sleaze shock-rocking troupe, Steel Panther have announced two headlining shows to make sure your 2010 starts with a bang.

If you missed Rock’s new guilty pleasure on their current headlining tour you can catch them at the following:

March 2010:
18th- Newcastle Academy
19th- London Brixton Academy

Tickets go on sale later this week (leathers and metal headbands not included).



Bring Me The Horizon Announce Aftershow Parties

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Bring Me The Horizon have announced details of a number of exclusive club nights, available for fans attending their upcoming UK tour.

The aftershow parties are only available at three dates of the October tour, with A Day To Remember and August Burns Red; but are sure to be worth sticking around for if you are a ticket-holder. Details for the nights are below:

OCTOBER
22nd – GLASGOW Cathouse
Over 18s only. Free entry with gig ticket. Drinks from £1. Doors 11pm – £2/£1. With DJ sets by BMTH and RobotSonics.

23 – MANCHESTER Satans Hollow
Over 18s only. Featuring Oli Sykes on decks playing tracks from Suicide Season- Cut Up. Doors 10pm- 3am.

24 – BIRMINGHAM O2 Academy
Over 18’s only. O2 Academy Birmingham and Subculture are hosting the official Aftershow Party straight after the gig, with an exclusive DJ Set from the band in Academy 3 + DJ set from RobotSonics. As a ticket holder, you’ll be able to stay for free, simply stay in the venue after the show.



Slayer to perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

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Thrash gods Slayer will be shredding shit up on Wednesday 4 November’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! The band will be promoting the upcoming release of “World Painted Blood”, is out  the day before on American Recordings.



Maylene and the Sons of Disaster get in the ring with WWE

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Southern metallers Maylene and the Sons of Disaster are venturing between the ropes with a string of collaborations with World Wrestling Entertainment. The band’s single “Step Up (I’m On It)” has been chosen as the theme song for the WWE’s Bragging Right’s pay-per-view. The track will also appear on the Smackdown vs Raw 2010 video game.

As if this isn’t enough chair-swinging, guitar-toting tomfoolery, Maylene have also been commissioned to write a song for the Unified World Tag Team Champions Chris Jericho and the Big Show. Expect to hear the tune “Crank The Walls Down” on Raw and Smackdown soon.



Creed Comeback Is On With New Album, Video and Single

US melodic-rockers Creed are back. After months of speculation, Scott Stapp’s purveyors of soaring choruses will return with new album “Full Circle” on November 2nd. Accompanied by storming new single “Overcome”, the band’s first studio effort since 2001’s “Weathered” looks set to restore them to their radio rock throne.

Check the “Overcome” video out above.



Henry Rollins announces UK spoken word tour

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Former Black Flag singer and Rollins Band leader Henry Rollins has announced an extensive UK spoken word tour early next year. The burly vocalist rarely minces his words so these dates will be a treat.

Catch the wisdom at:

Dublin Vicar Street January 12
Glasgow Academy January 13
Leicester De Montfort Hall January 14
London Royal Festival Hall January 15
Manchester Lowry January 16
Leamington Spa Assembly January 17
Norwich UEA January 18
Bournemouth Opera House January 19
Liverpool Academy January 20
Newcastle Academy January 21
Leeds Academy January 22