Bowling For Soup / The Dollyrots / Patent Pending - 'One Big Happy!' (Brando / Que-So Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Rob Lane   
Tuesday, 25 September 2012 04:00

bfsonebighappyOkay, you're familiar with the split single when two bands hook up and record one of the others songs? It's fun right? Well, take that idea and throw another band into the mix, add some brand new original songs and make that sucker a full length album! What you get is 'One Big Happy!'


With their annual October trip to the UK on the horizon, Texan power pop veterans Bowling For Soup have got together with touring partners The Dollyrots and newcomers Patent Pending to produce what is essentially a tour soundtrack! Each band takes on a track by the other and also adds in a brand new song of their own - you keeping up? The rock trio involved all share similar styles giving 'One Big Happy!' its continuity rather than it feeling like your regular run of the mill compilation album and as the title suggests is just one ol' heap of fun.


Whilst the idea itself and the cover versions are entertaining, it's the new original songs that are the main highlights. Bowling For Soup serve up their UK primed and ready anthem 'Let's Go To The Pub', The Dollyrots continue to effortlessly churn out pop quality with 'Just Like All The Rest' and Patent Pending deliver 'Psycho In Love' which is sure to be a hit in the live setting. The real ace in the hole rests with a duet from Bowling For Soup singer Jaret Reddick and The Dollyrots' Kelly Ogden. This is top draw pop rock and feels like it's lifted direct from the BFS hit factory where they can combine both fun and edginess to produce a really strong album finale.


How 'One Big Happy!' will do outside the immediate fan base of the three bands involved remains to be seen but I doubt that is even a concern. This album is for the loyal fans who come out year after year to see Bowling For Soup and their ever growing tour family. Everyone is invited and welcomed to the party. 'One Big Happy!' simply gives them something to make those memories and smiles even bigger!


To pick up a copy of 'One Big Happy' - CLICK HERE