There is a tradition of back-scratching in the Lock Up tent – most frontmen will take a moment to congratulate themselves on playing with ‘a bunch of great bands on this bill’ and The Bouncing Souls always seem to roll off the tongue. Universally admired and respected, the masters of anthemic punk have just come off the back of a crippling van robbery but you wouldn’t know it from their performance. Regardless of context or conditions the Souls will play their show with the energy and passion of their first, last and next, with vocalist Greg Attonito unique in his simple, unassuming swagger and the supporting cast throwing all in to ensure people enjoy the tunes.
Unfortunately the conditions are somewhat against them today as opening track ‘Static’ sounds more like mud and doesn’t quite light a fire under the crowd’s belly. It takes the likes of ‘Hopeless Romantic’ and ‘True Believers’ to really rouse a singalong and in a set full of material from new album ‘Comet’ it is the old favourites that prevail once again. Not a set to be talked about all weekend but a damn good use of everyone’s time for 45 minutes. Duncan Geddes