Frontman of Texas pop-punk heroes Bowling For Soup, Jaret Reddick has returned to the UK for another round of his Heartache & Hilarity shows – combining Bowling For Soup songs in an intimate acoustic setting, alongside funny stories and some sad ones too, as the name would suggest.
We went to check out the London show of his solo run, and chatted to Jaret backstage to find out what made him want to do these special shows.
DP!: So, this is the second round of Heartache & Hilarity shows! How did the first ones go, and what will you be doing differently this time round?
J: The first ones were really good. It was the same kinda thing, I made the setlist on the first night and just went out there and started talking and playing songs. There’s definitely a difference this year. Last year, I was still dealing with the end of a pretty insane bout of depression and anxiety, and I really wasn’t as forthcoming in talking about that. I think the vibe of the show was impacted by that, so it was a bit more touching than this year’s is, I think.
This one is a little bit more laid back, though there are some touching moments. It’s a pretty triumphant show. It’s an entirely different setlist to last time too. The only song that I played last year that I’m playing this year is ‘Turbulence’.
DP!: What was it that made you want to do these sorts of shows in the first place?
J: Well, I like the sound of my own voice! So, any opportunity for me to talk to people, I’ll take it. A little back story is that I was an improv comedian, and I always wanted to be a stand-up comic. I really like that job’s connection to the audience, so that’s part of it. And then, also the songs of Bowling For Soup probably don’t get recognised as being those that have much substance, just because of the way that we are and how our band is.
When you break it down to just me and a guitar, they’re almost like different songs, and hear that they do actually mean something. So this idea has kind of just really worked. I’m having a lot of fun with it, for sure.
DP!: You’ve just announced a Christmas tour for Bowling For Soup! Can we expect some sneaky festive covers?
J: Yeah! So, a lot of people don’t realise that we have two Christmas albums; we have an original Christmas album, and then we have an album with a bunch of covers on it too. So, yeah, that’s definitely the plan that we’ll work some Christmas music in. Our manager came to me and said “We think you need to go do some shows later in the year, because you may not get to do the spring tour you wanted”, and so I was like, “Well, English people love Christmas!”.
And I’m excited about it too because we’re bringing Patent Pending over with us, and we haven’t brought them over in a while, but once we started bringing them over they began getting their own audience. So, it’ll be great to get us two back together.
DP!: You’ve also been crowdfunding a concert film of the ‘Drunk Enough To Dance’ anniversary show, filmed at Brixton Academy. Why did you decide on that particular show for a film?
J: Yup, that’ll be out around the end of November! It’s really cool, because I don’t get to see all the stuff that happens behind us at our shows, because I’m facing the audience, because I’m a freakin’ professional. So, when I’m watching it, I’m like, “Man, this is really neat looking!”
We had done a DVD back in 2013, and I was really sick on the night that we filmed it, so we essentially wasted about £30,000 and never got to release it. So, we wanted to do a DVD, and it being the 15th anniversary of ‘Drunk Enough To Dance’ just seemed like the right time.
DP!: Can we expect any new Bowling For Soup music any time soon?
J: Well, after the DVD comes out, and after we’ve done the tour, it’ll probably be time to think about getting back in the studio again. It’s definitely time for us to get back to work. I’ve been writing for so much other stuff, with Kelly from The Dollyrots for our album that’s coming out now. You can go to JaretAndKelly.com if you want to pre-order it and get a free song.
I also manage a band called Not Ur Girlfrienz, and we wrote their record, so I’ve been writing a lot. I just haven’t been writing for Bowling For Soup. I’m actually excited about the prospect of that, though. I think some new material will be really fun!
Bowling For Soup‘s tenth studio album, ‘Drunk Dynasty’, is out now through Brando Records.