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  • This is an Enhanced CD, which contains both regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files.
  • The Bouncing Souls: Greg Ahonzio (vocals); Pete Steinkopf (guitar, background vocals); Bryan Kienlen (keyboards, bass, background vocals); Michael McDermott (drums).
  • Producers: John Seymour, Bryan Kienlen, Pete Steinkopf.
  • Recorded at Long View Farm, Brookfield, Massachusetts and Water Music Studios, Hoboken, New Jersey.
  • In a contemporary landscape where what passes for "punk" is often little more than a watered-down, mega-mall version of the mighty music that once horrified authority figures the world over, it's nice to know that some bands can still rock with the same pre-irony, heart-on-the-sleeve sensibility that characterized the genre's greatest moments. On ANCHORS AWAY, the Bouncing Souls forego faddish Blink 182-esque smarminess in favor of a holy racket that sounds like the best mid-1980s CBGB's matinee that never was. In addition, the band has a keen sense of melody and guitar texture that perfectly frame the songs' '77 Clash-like shout-a-long choruses. Best of all, vocalist Pete Steinkopf spits out the lyrics with a desperate sincerity rarely heard since the heyday of Black Flag and Husker Du. Young bucks take note: Green Day may have lighted the mainstream punk fire, but the Bouncing Souls are keeping the spirit of this once-noble genre burning bright.
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Alternative Press (9/03, p.96) - 4 out of 5 - "...Although the majority of ANCHORS' content is straight-laced, serious-minded and mature, there's still plenty of snotty, street-wise attitude intertwined with the band's now-trademark brand of melodic punk..."
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