Bowling for Soup interview
By Joey Eyebank, 8.2.07, Cambridge Corn Exchange
"Can someone please save us from punk rock 101?"
Bowling For Soup are four larger than life Texan pop-punksters.
But are they melodic spokespeople for the geeky misfit,
or a middle class re-packaging of punk as a designer commodity?
Joey Eyebank Ramone went along to find out when they
stopped off on in Cambridge on their UK tour.
"Same song, different chorus"?
Joey: So how's the tour been going so far?
Bowling for soup : Yeah its been going brilliant, we've only been on
tour for 3 days now but every day has been a blast!
Joey: Do you think it's important that your music has stayed the
same since you started, instead of bands like Blink 182 or Green Day
who jumped on the "emo" bandwagon to sell more records?
Bowling for soup : To be honest we've never thought about following
what's popular to sell more records, we just play the music that we
play and stick to it.
Joey: Originally you were going to be called Bowling for Shit, could
you explain why?
Bowling for soup - Bowling for Shit came from Steve Martin's "Wild
and Crazy Guy" album. He claims to have written several books...one
of them entitled Bowling for Shit.
Joey: So what do you think of your new album compared to your previous
Bowling for soup : I (Eric) personally think its one of the best albums
we've done! We've worked really hard on it and we're very pleased with
Joey: What do you think of your support bands "Wheatus",
"Son of Dork" and "Army of Freshman"
Bowling for soup : Yeah they're all really nice people, Army of freshman
we've known longer than the others and been on many tours with but we're
new to others.
Joey : What about musically?
Bowling for soup : Yeah they all make good tunes and they're talented.
Joey : Who were your main influences for this album?
Bowling for soup : It's hard to say really, we listen to a broad range
of types of music and none of them really sound like what we do in Bowling
Joey : How's it different performing in England compared to the USA?
Are you more well known here or there?
Bowling for soup : Well, we did become famous over here in England and
I think USA caught up with us 1 or 2 years later, but we are generally
more well known here. I think the difference between England and USA
is that the fans seem to be more hardcore and determined over here,
and they will do anything for the band that they love.
Joey : What do you listen to when hoovering?
Bowling for Soup : Billy Joel, The Millennium Concert
Joey: Lastly, Chips or cream buns?
Bowling for soup : What's a cream bun?
Joey : (laughs) it's like a cakey doughnut with cream in the middle
and you usually get jam in them, you can get them at tearooms or bakeries.
Bowling for soup : well I've never tried one, so I'm going to have to
Thanks to tour manager Emma Watson and Warren of Chuff Media for
organising this interview.