REVIEW: Bowling For Soup – Acoustic In A Freakin’ English Church

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Pop-punk legends Bowling For Soup have been pretty busy these past few months. Not only did the band release their brilliant eleventh studio album Drunk Dynasty, and announce that they will be playing Slam Dunk Festival 2017, they have also recently released their live acoustic album and DVD, Acoustic In A Freakin’ English Church. We’re not complaining. The more Bowling For Soup, the better. We will always be in the corner of ’90s pop-punk!

Frontman Jaret Reddick and bassist Erik Chandler took the stage in London back in 2013 for a special acoustic show at Union Chapel. This acoustic album is a product of that magnificent show. 19 tracks of pure cheek-in-tongue pop-punk goodness.

The stripped-back versions of classics like ‘2113’ and ‘The Bitch Song’ prove that not only are BFS as talented as ever, but their hilarious and witty one-liners translate to acoustic in a special (and rather romantic) way. The tracks leave you with a warm and fuzzy feeling in your stomach.

Considering the band have been around since 1994, and have released almost a dozen studio albums, it’s pretty amazing that they can still command a crowd like they do. The laughter, sing-a-longs and pure, unadulterated happiness erupting from the crowd proves just how loved the band are.

Fan favourites ‘Punk Rock 101’ and ‘Ohio (Come Back To Texas)‘ are given a softer, ballad-type facelift. While the hilarious ‘1985’, even in its acoustic form, maintains its energetic, playful nature.

Jaret Reddick’s passionate words and Erik Chandler’s mighty strums soar through the magnificent Union Chapel and prove that not only are BFS still on top of their game but that they still genuinely love pop-punk. BFS, like most of us, will always be angsty punk teenagers. Acoustic In A Freakin’ English Church is another win for Bowling For Soup.

Acoustic In A Freakin’ English Church by Bowling For Soup is out now via Que-So Records / Brando Records.

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