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Concert Review: Bowling For Soup

Sokol Auditorium, April 29, 2011

My clothes are soaked with sweat, a frayed yellow wristband is glued to the hairs on my left arm, and my ears are still ringing a little. Job well done, Bowling for Soup! Last Friday’s show was at Sokol Underground, played for a sticky hive of teens and 20-somethings, with minimal airflow around us to cool our moshing limbs. Omaha was the second stop of BFS’s new tour to promote their 11th album, and I was doubtful if they could still sound relevant. Don’t get me wrong, I played “Girl All the Bad Guys Want” like it was nobody’s business back in high school, but did we really need this goofy pop-punk trio to keep pushing this hard? Sure, why not? The night began with openers Sheridan Breakdown and The Dollyrots doing their thing. The Dollyrots are a female-led trio that played fast punk like it was still the ‘80s, and their blonde lead singer Kelly is my new musical crush. They were a great warm up for Bowling for Soup, who took the stage around 9:15 p.m. while the crowd chanted their ridiculous band name. They rollicked through their new single “S-S-S-Saturday,” which sounds a lot like most of their older songs. I forgot how many songs of theirs I knew, and the group remembered to play all of the important ones, with “1985” and “Almost” being fun sing-alongs. Frontman Jaret Reddick had a penchant for stopping songs halfway through to give various segues and backstories, which might have been annoying if the filler hadn’t been so great. First he called out a guy in the audience for punching someone; another time he paused to talk with the bassist about paper-mache’d testicles. The guys also blazed through Journey and Skynyrd covers, as well as a hilariously bad Lady Gaga rendition. It was a fun, lighthearted night, capped off by Reddick dancing in the audience during their encores. I feel like these guys truly like what they do, which is refreshing.

posted at 11:38 pm
on Tuesday, May 03rd, 2011


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