New Jersey punk legends The Bouncing Souls have announced their upcoming new full-length, ‘Ten Stories High’, due out March 24th via Pure Noise Records. For over three decades The Bouncing Souls have been one of the most reliably joyful bands in punk rock, fostering an incredibly close kinship with their loyal listeners. Now on ‘Ten Stories High’, the band have taken this connection even further, creating an album of songs directly inspired by the stories of their fans.
To mark the announcement, The Bouncing Souls have shared two new songs, Ten Stories High and Higher Ground. Both tracks highlight the band in their anthemic element, with sharp production courtesy of Will Yip (The Menzingers, Title Fight, Tigers Jaw). The new songs bookend the record with massive choruses that are sure to inspire singalongs at upcoming shows.
‘Ten Stories High’ finds The Bouncing Souls – vocalist Greg Attonito, guitarist Pete Steinkopf, bassist Bryan Kienlen, and drummer George Rebelo – making the best of the chaotic past couple of years. With touring on pause during the pandemic, the group turned to Patreon connect with their listener community, including a tier where fans could have a custom song written for them. The process would begin with the band having Zoom conversations with fans. “It was so refreshing to be like ‘Oh cool we’re going to get to know someone,” Attonito explains. “We’ve written so many songs from our own experiences but this time we really stepped outside of that.”
The Souls would learn about their fans’ lives, and then dive into tightly regimented writing sessions to turn the things they’d heard into the makings of songs. Eventually the group decamped with Will Yip in Philadelphia to hone their demos, write more, and record ‘Ten Stories High’. The result is an album that draws directly from stories of life’s ups and downs, the moments of joy, sadness, and excitement that end up bonding us together. “We’ve been writing songs together for 30 years and that’s been amazing,” Attonito says, “but this felt like something new: a way to tell someone else’s story and have a whole new journey.”
Ten Stories High was one of the songs written after The Bouncing Souls‘ entered the studio. Attonito explains: “During the studio sessions we realized we wanted a song to summarize the process and tell the story of the project. One afternoon during the session we came up with the title Ten Stories High and matched it up with a melody that Pete and Bryan had recorded earlier on their phones. We really liked how the title added imagery of ten people in a ten story building living out their own external and internal experiences. It was a perfect summary to the project. After a few hours of tinkering with the music and words we had our title track for the record!” ‘Ten Stories High’ closes with the first song the band wrote for the project, Higher Ground. It’s the kind of song that The Bouncing Souls have excelled at for over three decades and still do better than anyone: big choruses and even bigger feelings, all perfect for a night of singalongs and stage dives. It’s music that you make memories to, the kind that you never forget – just like the people with which you share it.
Ten Stories High + Higher Ground ARE OUT NOW
‘Ten Stories High’ is out March 24 via Pure Noise Records – PRE-ORDER HERE
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