Hot New Music: The Bronx – Bronx (IV) – Album Review

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L.A. punk rockers the Bronx are set to release their first new album in five years, Bronx IV, on White Drugs/ATO Records this February 5.  While the band has remained active and served up some great music and live shows with their steady moonlighting gig as Mariachi El Bronx, their return to their punk roots is highly anticipated, and for good reason—this album kicks ass.

Literally, it will kick your ass; with searing guitar riffs, blistering bass and infinite hard-hitting drums.  Matt Caughthran’s raspy vocals transition flawlessly between melodic strains and sonic boom screams. It’s a wild and spirited album that knows how to bust through the bullshit of humanity, reflect on societal and personal faults and pressures, but still picks you right up when you’re down.  Let’s just say it’s addictive. Peep their newest single “Youth Wasted” below for a taste!

Three Words to describe Bronx IV: Reflections Beget Revelations.

This Album Would Go Well With: A push-n-shove.  The open road.  A flask filled with your favorite adult beverage.

Favorite Tracks: “The Unholy Hand” is the ultimate fist-pumping anthem. “Are you the anti-christ or the holy ghost? Do you wanna die or just come real close?” Lyrics ring out amidst an intense barrage of battering drums, sick guitar riffs and sustained screams—yep, that’s the type of song that circle pit dreams are made of.

“Too Many Devils”—fast, thrash, madness and insanely catchy lyrics = top favorite track.  “These desperate times are nothing new, there’s a part of me that’s crazier than you.  All these devils, they control my every move, and you would not believe the things they make me do.”

“Life Less Ordinary” is a sad, reflective serenade at the end of the album. This slower track offers a moment to breathe and serves as a perfect ending and change of pace on an otherwise fast and furious album.

Upcoming Show Dates:

Feb 1 – San Diego, CA – The Casbah (Sold Out)
Feb 4 – New York, NY – The Bowery Electric (Sold Out)
Feb 5 – New York, NY – The Bowery Electric (Sold Out)
Feb 8 – Brighton, UK – Concorde 2
Feb 9 – Preston, UK – 53 Degrees
Feb 10 – Cardiff, UK – Solus at Cardiff University
Feb 12 – London, UK – The Underworld (Sold Out)
Feb 13 – London, UK – The Underworld
Feb 14 – Norwich, UK – The Waterfront
Feb 15 – Wolverhampton, UK – Slade Rooms
Feb 16 – Glasgow, UK – Garage
Feb 17 – Aberdeen, UK – The Garage
Feb 19 – Manchester, UK – Club Academy
Feb 20 – Nottingham, UK – Rescue Rooms
Feb 21 – Leeds, UK – The Cockpit
Feb 22 – Newcastle, UK – Newcastle O2 Academy 2
Feb 23 – Bristol, UK – The Fleece
Feb 24 – Portsmouth, UK – Wedgewood Rooms
Feb 25 – Exeter, UK – Cavern
Feb 26 – Southend-On-Sea, UK – Chinnery’s
Feb 27 – York, UK – The Duchess

Check out our interview with Bronx frontman, Matt Caughthran! You can stream the Bronx’s entire new album by clicking here.

Album Review: Emily Saex

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Artist: The Bronx
Album: Bronx (IV)
Label: White Drugs/ATO Records
Release Date: Feb. 5, 2013

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