Grammy nominated fun lovin’ rockers Bowling For Soup have announced plans to release their 11th studio album, Fishin’ For Woos, on April 26 via Brando Records. The band recently performed their raucous first single “S-S-S-Saturday” to a worldwide audience at the Professional Bowling Association’s Tournament of Champions on ABC Television. Check out “S-S-S-Saturday” streaming now at Absolutepunk.net (http://absolutepunk.net/showthread.php?t=2199092).
After being signed to Jive Records for the past decade, Bowling For Soup have amicably parted ways with the label to record their 11th studio album independently and unrestrained; rejuvenating the band for their best album in years.
Recorded at Valve Studio in the band’s hometown of Dallas, TX, in late 2010, Fishin’ For Woos is the classic Bowling for Soup sound and energy that fans have come to love, led by marquis tracks “S-S-S-Saturday”, “Girls In America”, “I’ve Never Done Anything Like This” featuring Kay Hanley of Letters to Cleo, and “Turbulence” featuring Gabriel Mann, who is 1/4 of The Rescues and composes the music for mega hit TV show Modern Family.
Also making its full-production debut is “Guard My Heart,” which will make legions of fans very, very happy. Written by bassist Erik Chandler for a film called Sardines, the rough demo was leaked to fans online in 1997 and became a monster favorite around the world. Being able to include “Guard My Heart” on the record simply because they want to is the nutshell of where Bowling for Soup is at right now.
“The freedom is amazing,” says frontman Jaret Reddick. “If we want to release a new record every 6 months, we can. If we want to make a Christmas album, or remix album, or sing in a Disney project, we can. We don’t need to get anyone’s permission.”
Bowling For Soup has become a worldwide phenomenon over their 16 year career with a string of hit singles (including “High School Never Ends,” “Girl All The Bad Guys Want, and the MTV and radio smash 1985”) to their credit. The band is also a TV and movie-soundtrack juggernaut whose Emmy-nominated contribution to Disney’s global phenomenon “Phineas & Ferb,” is one of the most widely heard cartoon theme song on the planet.
While keeping their fans of all ages fat and happy on BFS music and TV goodness, the guys have kept right on doing what they’ve done from the start: the road. Having literally played around the world several times, including Cuba, Australia, Japan, Belgium, Italy, China (twice), thousands of shows in the US and 26 separate tours of the UK just since 2000, these guys know the road.
“You gotta stay busy to stay relevant,” remarks Reddick. “Plus, we love what we do. It’s our job to play music for people, and we love our job.”
In 2011, “the job” will include an acoustic tour of the UK in April supported by Erik Chandler’s solo project The Mulberry St. Socialites and People On Vacation (Reddick’s other band), and then May/June shows in the US before spending July in Asia playing for the U.S. Military. After Asia, it’s back to the US for college shows in August/September and then a full-force UK tour to drop Fishin’ for Woos on the world.
Fishin’ For Woos Track Listing:
1. Let’s Pretend We’re Not In Love
2. Girls In America
4. What About Us
5. Here’s Your Freakin’ Song
6. This Ain’t My Day
7. Smiley Face (It’s All Good)
9. I’ve Never Done Anything Like This
10. Friends Chicks Guitars
11. Guard My Heart (2010)
12. Graduation Trip
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