Oklahoma’s BRONCHO (yup, all caps) is Ryan Lindsey, Nathan Price, Ben King, and Johnathon Ford. The project began as an off-the-cuff recording session for Lindsey (who also played keys for Starlight Mints, in addition to performing as a solo artist). He quickly laid down early versions “Pick a Fight” and “Losers” with the assistance of King (Cheyenne) and Price (Native Lights), and then sent them to Ford (Unwed Sailor), asking for feedback. Ford loved the songs so much that he suggested they being playing them as a band. “The next thing I knew, Jonathan had a show booked in Tulsa,” Lindsey says.
Harkening back to punk rock’s glory days of the 70s, BRONCHO captures the aggression, DIY authenticity and youthful exhilaration of a bygone era and then drags it by the hair into the Here and Now, creating a fresh sound that’s unlike anything being played today.
The band self-released Can’t Get Past The Lips bringing themselves to the attention of, among others, NPR Music who gave them props in the ‘best of’ section that year and said, “the simplicity is fantastic because the execution is so strong. Three chords are plenty enough backdrop for Lindsey to yelp out the hooks.” Now snapped up by Los Angeles imprint, Fairfax Recordings – the label founded by noted producer Kevin Augunas (Cold War Kids, Lumineers, Richard Swift) with a catalog that includes releases by Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Gotye and Tribes – Can’t Get Past The Lips will be available across all formats for the first time ever.
With echoes of The Only Ones, Iggy and the Stooges and The Ramones, BRONCHO’s exuberant ten song debut Can’t Get Past the Lips is a blisteringly cathartic 20 minute flash of gritty, crunching guitar work supported by an assaultive rhythm section and made whole by songwriter Ryan Lindsey’s aggressive, yelping vocal work. The collective talent and cumulative experience of all involved with BRONCHO resulted in an album that, for all its dirty-dishwater punk roots, is a masterwork of punk/pop simplicity. Speaking of the band’s reference points, Lindsey says “We all love the way those (punk) records sound so we naturally went in that direction, as far as fidelity goes. But more than anything, it’s the attitude of an era that I wasn’t around for, but feel a connection with. We didn’t set out to recreate a record from that era, we just took on that message and made it our own.” Or, as Ford puts it: “It’s not nostalgia, it’s natural.”
Already being compared to everyone from Modern Lovers, and Richard Hell, all the way through to the Replacements, and with a stellar live reputation, a killer set of old school NY ’76 style punk rock tunes, and a highly rated label home, BRONCHO look set to turn heads and make a whole stack of friends.
BRONCHO will be touring the US the entire month of June as the main support for Two Gallants, with some headlining dates thrown in for good measure. The tours kick off June 8 in Las Vegas. The complete set of live dates is listed below.
Ryan Lindsey – Guitar // Vocals
Ben King – Guitar // Vocals
Nathan Price – Drums
Johnathon Ford – Bass // Vocals
“From the opening chords of “Pick a Fight,” BRONCHO establishes their punk lineage…sounding like an exact cross between Wire and the Vibrators…”Psychiatrist” is hilarious, Lindsey’s wry advice reminiscent of the Modern Lovers…”The pace of Lips is mostly Ramones (or early Replacements) relentless over the course of the album’s ten song, twenty-minute sprint.” Blurt Online
BRONCHO will be touring the US the entire month of June as the main support for Two Gallants with some headlining dates for good measure. The tours kick off June 8 in Las Vegas. The complete set of dates is listed below.
“Raw, aggressive and wonderfully effective old-school punk…with the sort of take-no-prisoners delivery that this critic wishes the much more-hyped Smith Westerns unleashed.” – Jim DeRogatis
“BRONCHO blew us away.” – Ted Leo
BRONCHO support to Two Gallants on national tour below. Except * which will be headline dates
08: Las Vegas, NV – Beauty Bar
09: Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom
11: Austin, TX – The Parish
13: Atlanta, GA – The Earl
14: Tampa – New World Brewery
15 – Jacksonville – Underbelly
17: Orlando, FL – The Social
18: St. Augustine, FL – Cafe Eleven
19: Charlotte, NC – Visulite Theatre
20: Durham, NC – Motorco Music Hall
21: Charlottesville, VA – The Southern
22: Washington, DC – Rock N Roll Hotel
24: Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
25: Pittsburgh, PA – Brillobox
26: Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
28: Rapid City, SD – Imperial Inn
29: Ft Collins, CO – Aggie Theatre
30: Boulder, CO – Fox Theatre