This Is Hardcore: The Bouncing Souls – 'Hopeless Romantic'
Gallows/Krokodil guitarist Lags picks his essential hardcore and punk releases – every Thursday on TeamRock
I often wonder when punk lost its identity. With so many conflicting takes on such an accessible style of music, it’s no wonder there are thousands of internet nerds attempting to lay claim on what punk is or isn't. It’s a genre that sparks debate and rightly so. We have logos permanently inked on our skin, we work hard to pay for our record collections and we're willing to travel hours to catch our favourite bands perform. It’s our escape from the daily grind, and for over a quarter of a century, The Bouncing Souls have served as a constant reminder as to why I love punk music and have provided inspiration for many tattoos along the way.