Dead Bars to support Bouncing Souls at Dream Gig

Dead Bars and Bouncing Souls in Jersey City

Last week, The Bouncing Souls announced both a 30-Year Anniversary Tour and the release of a new EP titled Crucial Moments, out March 15th via Rise Records. As if this news wasn’t exciting enough, it’s a huge deal for Seattle, WA punk band Dead Bars, who were confirmed yesterday as opening support for the Souls’ hometown tour kick-off / record release show on Sat, March 16th @ White Eagle Hall in Jersey City, NJ with Strike Anywhere. Tickets are currently sold out.

Dead Bars singer and founding member, John Maiello, has been a well-known Bouncing Souls fan for a long time. Even on the band’s closing title-track ballad to their debut album, Dream Gig (2017, No Idea Records), Maiello sings about being an “aging rocker just trying to make it in this world” whose “only goal is to play with The Souls.

When asked what this opportunity meant for the band now that they finally got that “dream gig,” Maiello shared with us:

“I’ve loved The Bouncing Souls since I was a kid. Fun songs, amazing energy, lots of heart. The thing about them I always admired is their story: They are literally still playing in their high school band with their best friends 30 years later.

Every kid has that dream when they are sixteen playing songs in the garage with their friends. Every kid says ‘We should do this forever.’ It’s cool to see a band realize their dream [and] it means the world that Dead Bars got asked to play…”

– John Maiello, vocals

This will be first time Dead Bars have returned to the East Coast since their Fall 2018 tour with Ramona and Pity Party. Wisteria NYC presented the Brooklyn date at Bushwick Public House with local support from Ellen and the Degenerates and Great Wight

Dead Bars, Ramona, Pity Party and Ellen and the Degenerates at Bushwick Public House, Brooklyn. Flyer by Elena Barrio.
Dead Bars, Ramona, Pity Party and Ellen and the Degenerates at Bushwick Public House, Brooklyn. Flyer by Elena Barrio.

At the moment, Dead Bars have no confirmed future plans to tour, but recently announced via BrooklynVegan they had signed to A-F Records for their next album (release date TBA). Listen to the prophetic “Dream Gig” by Dead Bars below. 

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