Wednesday 7th February 2007 – Bowling For Soup w/ Son of Dork, Wheatus and Army of Freshmen at Southampton Guildhall

This tour was the first under Bowling For Soup’s ‘Get Happy Tour’ banner, named after a song from their best album A Hangover You Don’t Deserve. Usually I would attempt to be respectful to others and say “my personal favourite”, but this is a hill I’m willing to die on and I say it in some confidence that nobody will be arsed to fight me on that.

This was my fourth time seeing the band, and far from the last. Bowling For Soup are in a league alongside Reel Big Fish of US bands that planted their flag firmly in UK soil throughout this decade. Their shows in decent sized venues gave a platform for other acts from across the pond to earn their own reasonable sized audience in this country.

One of those bands were Army Of Freshmen. I don’t know how I came to know of this band, but I had a few of their MP3s(!) that I acquired from somewhere and just assumed they were an obscure US act I’d never get to see. Off the back of these BFS tours, AOF were able to headline their own UK jaunts and our band got to open for them in late 2008.

Another band I never thought I’d get to see were Wheatus. A bit like Good Charlotte, I missed the boat first time around and despite two follow up albums, which I loved, their Teenage Dirtbag era popularity had diminished by the mid 2000’s. The band had evolved over the years, and even though I’m still unsure about the use of an electric drum kit, I liked their new, expanded line up. I’ve seen them multiple time since, including a second time in 2007.

Which brings us to Son Of Dork. James Bourne’s post Busted band. I’ll admit, I liked the single, but I still haven’t forgiven him for trying to buy my (then) girlfriend a drink at an All American Rejects show a year earlier. By 2010, Son of Dork had disbanded and guitarist, Dave’s new band opened a show we played at The Craufurd Arms in Milton Keynes. We didn’t realise it was him until the following morning.

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