Release Date: Apr 26, 2011
Record label: Brando Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Punk/New Wave, Punk Revival, Punk-Pop
Everyone's favourite pop-punk band return with another album of uplifting tunes... Bowling For Soup are back, doing what BFS do best – upbeat, uplifting, foot-tapping songs. Don’t listen to this expecting hardcore angst and stick-it-to-the-man anthems, but if you’re looking for something to make you smile and get stuck in your head then you could do worse than this.
Hearkening back to the group’s earliest records -- then again, who’s to say they've ever moved that far away from their beginnings? - Fishin’ for Woos, Bowling for Soup’s 11th album, delivers as expected. There are hooks and humor, plenty of bratty, throwaway pop culture jokes, and anthems for the weekend, punctuated by the occasional strum-along, all digitally polished and propelled by stomp boxes from an earlier, simpler time. It’s not markedly different, better, or worse than previous BFS albums, with the main distinguishing factor being that there’s nothing with a killer hook along the lines of “1985,” but for the legions of faithful fans, more of the same isn’t necessarily a bad thing, and that’s certainly what Fishin’ for Woos offers.
Indefatigability isn’t a character trait that I’d expected to associate with Bowling For Soup. Yet while most of their middle aged skateboarding punk pop peers have retreated from the toils of fleeting commercial success, concentrating instead on their careers in the fast food industry, BFS have diligently ploughed on in the face of mass indifference. Remarkably Fishin’ For Woos is their eleventh studio album.
Back in 2002, Bowling For Soup was witty, catchy, and likable. In 2004, with the hit “1985”, they broke through and still retained its catchy sensibilities. Here we are in 2011, and the band and their sound has not changed in the least. The only problem is that the music that they made years ago does not have the same appeal today.