Posted in music | pictures on October 2, 2013

photos by Dylan Johnson, words by Andrew Sacher

Brian Fallon / Bouncing Souls
Bouncing Souls @ MHOW - 9/30/2013
Bouncing Souls @ MHOW - 9/30/2013

I'm not 100% sure what the average age was at The Bouncing Souls' Music Hall of Williamsburg show on Monday (9/30) -- our latest BrooklynVegan-curated installment of Red Bull Sound Select -- but it was no all ages hardcore matinee show. Yet that didn't stop the crowd, who probably had work rather than school the next morning, from going apeshit like they were in their teens for the New Brunswick punk heroes. The Souls (new drummer George Rebelo of Hot Water Music included) were in great spirits delivering tons of old favorites -- "True Believers," "Hopeless Romantic," "Manthem," etc -- which had the crowd shouting back, fists in the air, piling up on each other, and endlessly stage diving.

Before they went on, co-headliner and co-curator Brian Fallon (frontman of The Gaslight Anthem) played a "solo" set, joined by his bandmate Alex Rosamilia on guitar. The Bouncing Souls and The Gaslight Anthem have a long history together, and though the latter might be more successful, they'll tell you it never would have happened without the influence of The Bouncing Souls. So it was a pretty special night, because the two bands who have shared bills many times -- just this summer in NYC in fact -- collaborated on stage for the first time ever.

Brian and Alex began their set together, playing stripped down folkier versions of GA tunes with the whole crowd singing along like a drunken campfire night. A bunch of covers were worked in too (check out a picture of the setlist below), including The Misfits' "Astro Zombies" (for which he was joined by an enthusiastic crowd member) and Roky Erickson's "I Walked with a Zombie" (for which Brian instructed the entire crowd to sing, and which he played and talked about on the East Village Radio special we recorded with him). Eventually, all four members of The Bouncing Souls joined Brian and Alex for a few songs at the end of their set, including Gaslight Anthem's "Handwritten." And Alex returned the favor by sneaking in on guitar towards the end of The Bouncing Souls' set.

As with all RBSS shows, the openers are local bands. For this one, we teamed up with Brian to pick two Brooklyn bands that would fit the punk theme of the night. First was Aye Nako, whose amped up rhythms (thanks to a ferocious drummer) and sugary guitar melodies recall the heyday of pop punk, before the genre was taken over by jet-black bangs and neon t-shirts. After them was Nude Beach, who have an early Elvis Costello thing going on, but with a punk attitude and lo-fi ideals. Both bands acknowledged the headliners from stage, with Aye Nako singer Mars Ganito mentioning she was once in a Bouncing Souls cover band for a Halloween show.

Comedian Chris Gethard hosted the show, cracking jokes about his birthplace New Jersey, where it seemed like much of the crowd had traveled from that night to see the co-headliners from NJ play a $3 show in Brooklyn. .

NYC Red Bull Sound Select shows -- always only $3 -- happen each month and are curated either by BrooklynVegan, East Village Radio, Afropunk or Brooklyn Bodega. The same happens in other cities (like the recent Mannie Fresh show in Chicago and Tobacco show in Austin).

Another review of the show can be read over at Local Bozo. More pictures and some videos from our Brooklyn show below...

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Aye Nako

Bouncing Souls @ MHOW - 9/30/2013

Bouncing Souls @ MHOW - 9/30/2013

Bouncing Souls @ MHOW - 9/30/2013

Bouncing Souls @ MHOW - 9/30/2013

Bouncing Souls @ MHOW - 9/30/2013

Bouncing Souls @ MHOW - 9/30/2013

Nude Beach

Bouncing Souls @ MHOW - 9/30/2013

Bouncing Souls @ MHOW - 9/30/2013

Bouncing Souls @ MHOW - 9/30/2013

Bouncing Souls @ MHOW - 9/30/2013

Bouncing Souls @ MHOW - 9/30/2013

Bouncing Souls @ MHOW - 9/30/2013

Brian Fallon

Bouncing Souls @ MHOW - 9/30/2013

Bouncing Souls @ MHOW - 9/30/2013

Bouncing Souls @ MHOW - 9/30/2013

Bouncing Souls @ MHOW - 9/30/2013

Bouncing Souls @ MHOW - 9/30/2013

Bouncing Souls @ MHOW - 9/30/2013

Bouncing Souls @ MHOW - 9/30/2013

Bouncing Souls @ MHOW - 9/30/2013

Bouncing Souls @ MHOW - 9/30/2013

Bouncing Souls @ MHOW - 9/30/2013

Bouncing Souls @ MHOW - 9/30/2013

Bouncing Souls @ MHOW - 9/30/2013

Bouncing Souls @ MHOW - 9/30/2013

Bouncing Souls @ MHOW - 9/30/2013

Bouncing Souls @ MHOW - 9/30/2013

setlist
Brian Fallon setlist via

The Bouncing Souls

Bouncing Souls @ MHOW - 9/30/2013

Bouncing Souls @ MHOW - 9/30/2013

Bouncing Souls @ MHOW - 9/30/2013

Bouncing Souls @ MHOW - 9/30/2013

Bouncing Souls @ MHOW - 9/30/2013

Bouncing Souls @ MHOW - 9/30/2013

Bouncing Souls @ MHOW - 9/30/2013

Bouncing Souls @ MHOW - 9/30/2013

Bouncing Souls @ MHOW - 9/30/2013

Bouncing Souls @ MHOW - 9/30/2013

Bouncing Souls @ MHOW - 9/30/2013

Bouncing Souls @ MHOW - 9/30/2013

Bouncing Souls @ MHOW - 9/30/2013

Bouncing Souls @ MHOW - 9/30/2013

Bouncing Souls @ MHOW - 9/30/2013

Bouncing Souls @ MHOW - 9/30/2013

The Bouncing Souls - "Sing Along Forever" / "Manthem" @ MHOW - 9/30/13

Brian Fallon, Alex Rosamilia & Bouncing Souls - "Handwritten" @ MHOW - 9/30/13

"I can't even describe the energy and love of the show at the Musical Hall of Williamsburg last night. The Souls played for their long time fans- it was amazing. If I don't ever see them again, I couldn't be happier to have been a part of that show." - Maria Barannikova

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Comments (15)

Brian Fallon is the worst. Total caricature.

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2013 10:42 AM

No tantrums from Fallon? Hope nobody yelled "Bruce" or sang along at the wrong parts. Those things break his heart.

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2013 10:48 AM

I like the first Gaslight Anthem record a whole lot, and I really wanna like Brian Fallon, but the dude is just like the biggest fucking herb on earth. Maybe he'll choke on cum lol.

Posted by D | October 2, 2013 10:51 AM

So the majority of the people that went to this show had work in the morning, huh? So how the hell did they get into this show then? Must have been a sick day..

Really, enough of this BS of day of tickets/free shows. Don't enable the unemployed/trust funders with shit like this..

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2013 11:14 AM

curated

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2013 11:29 AM

I believe Mars prefers the pronoun "they" not "she."

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2013 11:59 AM

Shut up, 11:59.

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2013 12:08 PM

great show, thanks BV. Before the show I made fun of how pretentious "curated" sounds, but the show proved how important is to get the right mix of bands.

Definitely Jersey-heavy crowd. Stayed cold through Aye Nako and Nude Beach and went crazy for Fallon and the Souls. Good fun though.

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2013 12:18 PM

nice polaroid filter dylan! its super hip!

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2013 12:23 PM

11:14 you are a loser and A pussy, they allowed people in at 8pm the time I had arrived. Maybe you should move out of long island!

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2013 1:52 PM

^ Don't listen to him, 11:14. You're not a loser. But my god, you are a HUGE fucking pussy. No offense.

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2013 2:22 PM

whoa whoa whoa there 1:52... I worked till 6:30 and drove into BK from Long Island. I had no problem getting in I had a blast and got up for work today.. 11:14 is just a douche bag. It doesn't matter where they came from..

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2013 4:37 PM

Aye Nako were a fucking embarrassing joke. Everyone else was on point.

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2013 8:38 AM

Curated by Red Bull and Springsteen jr. Jesus.

Posted by Anonymous | October 7, 2013 1:07 PM

True Believers, Gone, Manthem are great songs but I like The´╗┐ Golden Record still a little better.

Posted by Yamilet | November 1, 2013 5:30 AM

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