Indie Punks Bouncing Souls Soon To Haunt Epitaph Records

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

company.

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).