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Soup Bowling: The Best Thing Since Snotty Bread

Pop-punk does not want to disappear. Hiding life’s ups and downs in toilet humor, skipping riffs and silly music videos seems to be people’s favorite method of dealing with life’s daily atrocities. “Sometimes there’s a mood for everything and sometimes you have a bad day,” says SOUP BOWLING guitarist, singer and songwriter Jaret Reddick“and sometimes a SOUP BOWLING the song is exactly what you need to get by. The Texas pop punk legends have just released their 11th studio album, Bread Pop Drunk Snotand over their nearly three-decade career, have sold countless records, crossed multiple borders, and garnered huge followings across generations, in addition to being nominated for a grammys.

One of pop-punk’s most admirable traits is its ability to not take life too seriously. On the way to self-awareness The best of all time on the new record, the lyrics “we’ve had a beer on every continent but one” refer to the band who have yet to play Antarctica. “Wouldn’t it be funny if it wasn’t Antarctica?” Imagine if it was every continent except America,” laughs Jaret. “METALLIC played Antarctica and I feel like you must be bigger than METALLIC to make it work. Although some of the crazy places we played were thanks to the military, and I guess as long as you’re on a boat in Antarctic waters, that matters. Maybe it will happen, never say never.

The new disc also includes two tracks about well-known celebrities – actor brad pitt and professional wrestler Alexa Bliss. “I would like to write about THE BEATLES one day,” Jaret admits when asked if he had wanted to write a song about other famous people. “I have always been a John Lennon dude, but recently i switched to Paul McCartney. I already talked about it in a song, but I would like to develop this journey. There must be a song somewhere in there, about going from beetle to beetle.

What makes this disc different from others is that SOUP BOWLING have found that happy medium between pleasure and seriousness. Where some records had too much heavy subject matter that lacked the band’s signature punchlines, tracks like As best we can and Wouldn’t change a thing explore unrealistic relationship expectations and reflect on how we perceive love and success. “Relations are difficult and I think we put a lot of pressure on each other. There’s a lyric in that song, “all the aggravation was based on expectations that you and I could never meet,” and as long as we’re happy, we’ll make it happen,” says Jaret. Hindsight is a wonderful tool, and “you’re unlikely to be with the same person your whole life, and that’s not a bad thing. People change and things become different. In the world my grandparents grew up in, you got married and stayed with that person no matter what. But there is so much unhappiness when you live your life like that. We should always be able to restart.

As a touring musician, romantic relationships are a little tougher than most, and divorces are commonplace. “I had to look at my own behaviors and that’s not an easy thing to do. Unfortunately, in the world we live in, especially when you are very successful, we are not held accountable for many things. Then one day you wake up and realize that I’m a fucking terrible person. The good thing about me and my bandmates is that we stayed away from drugs, one of us probably would have ended up dying otherwise.

As a proud Texan, one thing Jaretthe first solo country record of I just woke up, gave him what pop punk couldn’t, was to take those more bare, exposed songs and give them a welcoming home. “It’s very important to me that you smile when you listen to us. If we make you cry, it is for reasons other than me to tell you about my difficulties. With the country record, I can write about things without this net. Jaret plunged so far into the depths that he ended up writing about things no one else knew about him. “The best thing about it was that I couldn’t hide behind being funny like I do with SOUP BOWLING. Whereas on the country album, the first thing I said to myself was: ‘you can’t make a comedy record out of it, otherwise you’re just going to be a novelty’. It’s basically a 45 minute journal entry for me.

It’s no secret that the music industry is struggling to tackle mental health issues. Be active with Foundation 45 and to the board of directors Punk rock saves lives, Jaret reassures that “I think everyone should go to therapy at some point. 2013 was a motherfucker for me. Anxiety and depression showed their ugly heads, and I had no idea if I was going to pull through. I still go to therapy. I spoke to my doctor and it took me over two years to get the right medication. Everyone should understand, if you’re reading this, it’s not a magic pill. Sometimes you try something and it works for two weeks and then it doesn’t. The reason I defend him is because I’m on the other side. I just do what I can, and most of the time it’s just me telling my story.

Pop Drunk Snot Bread is out now via Brando/Que-So Records.

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