Bowling For Soup

3TEN ACL Live presents

Bowling For Soup

The Dollyrots

Fri · April 20, 2018

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

Advance: $25.00 // Day of Show: $30.00

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This event is all ages

Bowling For Soup
Bowling For Soup
There’s a place called The Sweetwater Tavern just off the main square in Denton, Texas. You’ve perhaps not been there, but if you’re familiar with Bowling For Soup, the larger than life Texan band who have delivered infectious power pop music to the world for over two decades, you’ll most certainly know the name. Why? Because rather than trying to break away from their hometown, BFS simply took their hometown with them and into the hearts of millions of people all over the world. It’s this lovable honesty that has served them well since forming back in 1994.
Everyone can relate to what BFS sing about, everyone can relate to the characters in the band – singer Jaret Reddick, guitarist Chris Burney, bassist Erik Chandler and drummer Gary Wiseman - we want to be their friends, heck, as far as they’re concerned, we ARE their friends!
Finding their niche back in the 1990’s would be tough when the musical climate was in serious shift. 'We were just the stereotypical, small town guys with nothing else to do - starting a band to keep ourselves out of trouble.' recalls Reddick looking back. There was certainly no current trend to follow, every other band seemed to be genre jumping to try and catch ‘the next big thing’ without even knowing what ‘the next big thing’ was, leaving the members of Bowling For Soup with no option to just go out and have fun. Brought up on a heady diet of 80s John Hughes Movies, LA Hair Metal, Steve Martin comedy routines (which spawned the band’s name) and hook laden punk rock, BFS hit the ground running on the simple blueprint - have a good time and pretty soon, everyone else will join in.
This is no flash in the pan, gimmick band. Certified hit singles such as the Grammy Nominated ‘Girl All The Bad Guys Want’ and the US smash hit ‘1985’ over consecutive releases, back to back, more than proved this. Even since leaving their long time relationship with Jive Records almost a decade ago, has seen the band thrive and go on to form their own cottage industry, recording and releasing albums on their own terms. ‘We're in control of everything now. If we decide we wanna do something, we just do it - we don't need to ask anyone’s permission. It also makes you feel super proud when you do something yourself and it’s a success’, reveals Reddick. BFS have been, without a doubt, one of the pioneers of the fan funding music platform by taking fan interaction to the next level with each project proving more and more rewarding and successful for both the band and their fan base.
Today that fan base consists of the most varied cross section of music fans you’re likely to find at any rock concert. What began as spiky haired, skateboarding teenagers at a Vans Warped Tour Show has somewhat changed. Those fans are still there but don’t be surprised to now see the occasional middle aged rocker who picks up on the numerous Mötley Crüe references dotted within the songs, and even parents with their children can be seen singing along, no doubt thanks to the band serving up the theme tune to the hit Disney cartoon ‘Phineas & Ferb’ and Reddick being the unmistakable voice of the iconic Chuck E. Cheese character! Everybody LOVES Bowling For Soup – it’s plain to see!
2016 sees the release of the brand new, fan funded album, ‘DRUNK DYNASTY’, follow up to 2014’s Greatest Hits collection ‘Songs People Actually Liked - The First 10 Years’ and the first album of new material since 2013’s perhaps darker, reflective album ‘LUNCH.DRUNK.LOVE’. The new eleven track album is bursting at the seams with undeniable feel good, smile inducing pop rock goodness such as ‘Hey Diane’ and ‘Stop Doing That’ right through to epic, hands in the air anthems like the epic ‘Catalyst’.
With no plans to slow up just yet - BFS are fresh from a huge UK Arena Tour alongside Steel Panther and Buckcherry and will be following ‘DRUNK DYNASTY’ with an acoustic live DVD / CD, ‘Acoustic In A Freakin English Church’, filmed at Union Chapel in London on their October 2013 tour. BOWLING FOR SOUP continue to re-write their own rule book. There are no boundaries for where they go next because they will always do it with honesty and a smile. That way, whatever the outcome, they can never fail!
The Dollyrots
The Dollyrots
Kelly Ogden has always wanted to be a mermaid.

The bassist/vocalist for the Dollyrots clarifies: “Growing up in Florida, we were always at the beach, or swimming in a pool or a lake or a spring. I’ve just always felt at home in the water.”

Being suited to both land and sea has been a theme in Kelly’s life, and has been woven into the imagery and songwriting on the Dollyrots’ new album, Whiplash Splash. Being half human and half fish seems a fitting metaphor for the way the band now splits their time between downtown Los Angeles and coastal Florida, or how they manage to balance touring life on the road with parenthood at home.

Whiplash Splash is the Dollyrots' sixth studio LP, and their first since 2013’s Barefoot and Pregnant. And after touring with their rat Snuffy, their dog Quito, and their son River, it also marks the addition of their new daughter Daisy to their entourage.

“We only had three months to write, record, and finish the album between the launch of our PledgeMusic campaign and the birth of our daughter,” says guitarist Luis Cabezas. “Parenthood doesn’t afford us the time to overthink things anymore. We tracked everything at home and went with our first instincts when it came to the music and lyrics.”

The result is an album that’s focused, sharp, and completely fan-funded. During their 16-year career, the Dollyrots have released albums on labels like Blackheart and Lookout!, but have successfully crowdfunded their last few releases thanks to their loyal (and generous) fans. Whiplash Splash is the band’s fifth collaboration with producer John Fields, known for his work with All Time Low, Switchfoot, Andrew W.K., and so many others.

The Dollyrots plan to tour in support of the album while River and Daisy are still portable, but their days of traveling in a crusty van and waking up hungover on random people’s floors are behind them.

“The album art is a mermaid alone, isolated. It can be difficult sometimes; there aren’t a lot of women I know who are living this same split lifestyle,” Kelly explains.

“But mermaids are also a symbol of transformation and growth. And that’s something to be excited about."
Venue Information:
3TEN Austin City Limits Live
310 Willie Nelson Blvd, Suite 1A
Austin, TX, 78701