Bowling for Soup to roll into HeadlinersWritten by Vicki L. Kroll | | email@example.com
If you visit Bowling for Soup’s website, www.bowlingforsoup.com, the first song to play from the new disc, “Fishin’ for Woos,” is “S-S-S-Saturday”: “I wish every night was Saturday night/ Here’s to hoping Monday never comes/ S-S-S-Saturday night.”
Bass player Erik Chandler insisted the band isn’t preoccupied with 1975 — or The Bay City Rollers.
“It could be [an homage], but that actually isn’t true,” he said. “The whole idea was a tribute to the weekend, a tribute to the partying and forgetting about the everyday grind for a little while.”
So the guys won’t be breaking out the tartan?
“Maybe around Halloween,” Chandler joked.
The foursome known for packing fun into their high-energy songs released a serious single titled “Turbulence.”
“That song is one of those great, super-well-crafted rock ballads that seems very relatable to everyone. We all go through those tough times in our lives, and you just have to stick it out and ride through it,” Chandler said during a call from Dallas, where the band was appearing on a local show.
Chandler, lead singer and guitarist Jaret Reddick, guitarist Chris Burney and drummer Gary Wiseman are all about song craftsmanship.
“There’s got to be the melody that you can sing even when you don’t know the words,” Chandler said. “You do that or the super-catchy hook tagline of a chorus or a pre-chorus, lyrically, something that just grabs you and that’s the thing that sticks in your head.”
Think “1985,” Bowling for Soup’s hit from 2004.
The group is also building a young fan base, thanks to singing the theme song for the Disney cartoon series “Phineas and Ferb.”
“The two creators of the show used to work together on ‘The Simpsons’ and, evidently, at least back in that day, they were playing Bowling for Soup a lot in the writers’ room,” Chandler said. “They had this 30-second song written, and they wanted Bowling for Soup to be the band that performs this song. So they flew Jaret out to LA and had him look at some of the original episodes that weren’t even finished yet and asked him if we’d be interested — absolutely.”
The show’s creators, Dan Povenmire and Jeff Marsh, liked the song so much they asked the band to record a three-minute single, “Today Is Gonna Be a Great Day.”
“Jaret has a reoccurring role on the show; he’s the singer for the band Love Händel and plays the part of Danny,” Chandler said.
Bowling for Soup will play Headliners at 6:30 p.m. May 16. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 at the show.
Slated to open are The Dollyrots, Patent Pending, This Is Everything and Ryan Started the Fire.
“Bowling for Soup is not here to reinvent the wheel; we’re not here to be The Beatles,” Chandler said. “We’re here to make you smile and that is our main objective.”