SAN FRANCISCO — The Bouncing Souls played the first of two consecutive nights at Slim’s on Tuesday, and front man Greg Attonito seemed to direct the show with the quiet grace and wisdom that only decades of touring as a punk rock legend can provide. That said, the Souls didn’t feel 28 years old and they had plenty of spunk left in them to do what they do best, and that’s to light up their fans.
“We want to send a lot of love out,” Attonito said. “Kindness and respect to everyone in the world.”
The Bouncing Souls are on tour in support of Simplicity, their 10th studio album, and performed new songs and old favorites alike Tuesday.
Forty minutes into playing favorites like “Lean on Sheena” from The Gold Record and “Sing Along Forever” from Anchors Aweigh, Attonito paused to give fans some good news: “Heres where we get to play what you guys want to hear.”
After a few false starts of fans requesting songs the band hadn’t actually practiced, he announced deep cut “Highway Kings” off Anchors Aweigh, which sent the crowd into hysterics.
The Bouncing Souls’ entire set saw crowd surfers aplenty, but as they closed out the evening, the last song of their encore, “Manthem,” off How I Spent My Summer Vacation appropriately devolved into about a dozen fans onstage, dancing with the band.
Get Dead opened the show with a bang as frontman Sam King jumped onstage, a bundle of energy. It was nearly impossible to watch Get Dead without getting pumped. The local Fat Wreck Chords band is supporting its newest release, Honesty Lives Elsewhere, and King took the room from lukewarm to sweaty and thrashing in under five minutes.
Highlights included their cover of No Use For a Name’s “Pre-Medicated Murder,” in dedication to Tony Sly, as well as, “$1000 Bender,” which King introduced saying,“This one goes out to anyone who got paid on a Friday and woke up broke on a Monday.” Here, Here.
Get Dead was followed by the Phoenix folk-punk band, AJJ (née Andrew Jackson Jihad), who are supporting their 2016 release, The Bible 2. AJJ was a change of pace from what came before their set and what was to come after, but nevertheless the band had a significant showing of fans at Slim’s.