The show’s opening act was The Hit, a pop rock band from Dallas, Texas. The skinny jean clad five-piece epitomized the pop rock genre: sugar sweet lyrics, cute high pitch voice, songs with great head bopability and smiles galore. Although the band’s sound was nothing revolutionary, their catchy songs coupled with an exciting stage show that included members jumping off their tallest amp stacks, made for a fun show that every girl in the room couldn’t get enough of.
The second group on the bill was the minimalist indie rock band, IAMDYNAMITE. The band has two members – a guitarist and a drummer. Despite their small size, IAMDYNAMITE is able to create a full sound that needs no other additions except their perfectly coordinated harmonies.
Finally the birthday boys took the stage. Before this show, I was under the impression that Bowling For Soup had turned into one of those throwback bands from middle school that you might go see as a kind of joke. However, the crowd, which consisted of everyone from young teeny boppers to fans pushing 40, destroyed this impression. Everyone went crazy as soon as Bowling For Soup stepped on the stage, and the crowd sang along on to not just the band’s hits but every other song as well.
The thing that most took away from the show, though, was Bowling For Soup’s on-stage banter. The entire show was consumed with immature jokes and stories about how much they had drank the night before, which was all more annoying than funny. All of this was particular odd considering the musicians’ age, but then again, if they’ve been going strong for 17 years, maybe they know what they’re doing.
(Bowling For Soup performed at The Parish in Austin, Texas on June 3, 2011)