The Bouncing Souls first played the Court Tavern in 1989 (no one remembers the exact date.) Well, the boys came back to rock New Brunswick's famously unfamous venue again last week, 25 years later, as part of Red Bull Sound Select. Opening the show was Tacocat from Seattle and then Bayonne's The Scandals, who are quickly becoming our good friends and one of my favorite bands.
Here's a bit from the story, or read the whole feature that I wrote for the RedBull.com/music page.
“It was pretty much the same as it was now… just dirtier,” joked guitarist Pete Steinkopf. “It’s funny, I was talking to Dave Hause and this kid comes up and starts complaining that the Court Tavern isn’t what it used to be because the bathrooms don’t smell anymore.”
“I, for one, don’t miss the smell of urine,” added bassist Bryan Kienlen, “I’m just happy the Court Tavern still exists. There was always a threat of it being knocked down, taken over, or shut down.”
The Melody, Club 357, the Roxy Grill and many of the legendary New Brunswick punk houses that used to host shows are no more. But the Court lives on.
Big thanks to Red Bull for keeping a focus on good artists and Andy Diamond for bringing it all together. I'm really looking forward to the next Sound Select show when Chuck Ragan plays the Court on October 25.