In punk circles, some folks think of Epitaph Records as the label
equivalent of software-gobbler Microsoft.
Sure, Epitaph's roster contains
notable bands that it has fostered all along (NOFX, Pennywise, and Bad Religion
before they left for Atlantic spring to mind). But they now have
In the past year or so, the imprint has fleshed out its ranks with
great punk acts who first proved themselves with several releases on smaller
indie labels, such as the Humpers (formerly with Sympathy For The Record
Industry), New Bomb Turks (ex-Crypt), and Gas Huffer (late of eMpTy Records).
Add to the latter list the Bouncing Souls, formerly with the BYO label:
Epitaph will announce soon that it has signed the New Jersey pop flavored
punks. Later this month the band heads into an L.A. studio with producer Thom
Wilson (the Offspring's Smash, T.S.O.L., the Adolescents) to record
their first disc for Epitaph, due out in September.
The Bouncing Souls are
best known for 1992's energetic The Good, The Bad, & The Argyle, which
features tracks such as "I Like Your Mom," "Old School," and "These Are The
Quotes From Our Favorite '80s Movies." Over the years, they've toured with the
likes of Green Day, the Offspring, the Descendents, and the Swinging Utters.
The band's most recent release is Maniacal Laughter (1996).