At times such as these, we could do with a giggle, and who better to provide that right now than veteran Texan pop-punkers Bowling For Soup?
‘We are easily one of the most fun bands you will ever see perform,’ says singer Jaret Reddick with a grin. ‘That is a testament to the fact that we are 100 per cent having more fun than you are, and it shows!’
Having honed their craft over more than 25 years, Bowling For Soup’s shows are like a cross between a gig and stand-up set, so expect a string of jokes between hits such as 1985, Girl All The Bad Guys Want and their famed Fountains of Wayne cover, Stacy’s Mom, when they play their live-streamed shows this weekend.
‘This live stream is a good way for you to have a smile and sing along to some songs that you know,’ says Jaret.
‘Here’s the thing, if you’re reading this and thinking “Who are they?”, I guarantee you will know some of our songs. You just may not know you know!’
The show was meant to happen at the start of October, but Jaret and his family had to isolate for 14 days after coming into contact with someone with Covid-19.
‘I didn’t want to expose my band and crew and people at the location so we rescheduled it,’ he explains.
‘I was ready and pumped up but now I’m even more excited! We’re taking it to an indoor soundstage, where we can do a full production show with lights and lots of cameras. We’re trying to make it as much like a real-life Bowling For Soup show as possible.’
Although Jaret’s been keeping busy this year playing solo shows online, performing with the full band will be a novelty.
‘I’ve been entertaining a computer screen now since this started in March. But the other guys haven’t, so it’s going to be interesting to see how they react to it, too, with no people there.
‘I’ve done 75 or 80 solo shows just since Covid kicked in. I’m used to the idea of waiting for someone to respond to whatever I’ve played or said on the chat bar at the side. Man, it’s going to be nice to get some instant gratification, though, whether it makes Rob laugh, or makes Chris say something funnier than I just said, or whatever’.
Bowling For Soup also have a tour next year in May. Dubbed Surf The UK Tour, it takes in coastal locations such as Blackpool, Bournemouth and Margate.
‘We decided to do the seaside tour, and of course some fans are going to be all, “Why aren’t you playing up in my town?” But I’m like, look, you have seven months to plan a holiday. I can’t wait to be in front of people.
‘By the time we play in front of people again, it will have been over a year since we have, so I can’t imagine how excited I’m going to be,’ Jaret exclaims.
‘Come to the beach and party with us. This is a bonus. We normally come to the UK either in October or February. So, we’re coming over in May where it’s not going to be insanely cold.
‘Hotels right now are begging you to come to them, this could be the cheapest, best holiday of your life. Book a Travelodge! I love those places – cheap hotel and pizza, what’s not to love?’
Jaret says that if that’s not enough to persuade you, check out the live stream first and they’ll do their best to change your mind.
‘It’s cheap, you can watch it in your living room, and you don’t even have to wear pants! We sound good, we look cool, and we’ll make you laugh.’
What more could you want?
Bowling For Soup play Saturday at 8pm and on Sunday at 2am, bowlingforsoup.com/livestream
Credit: Original article published here.