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