Friday, August 24, 2012

BRONCHO Rids Again

I'm really digging BRONCHO right now.  I heard about them through an effects pedal company and like what I heard of them before their album was released.  I'm not generally into the late garage rock/early punk stuff, but BRONCHO had an authenticity and urgency that kept me listening.  I supposed it didn't hurt to learn that Unwed Sailor members Jonathan Ford and Nathan Price were in the band too.  But no matter what I think of the members' other projects, it doesn't mean that they can automatically sell me on their new projects.  

I caught them at the Vaudeville Mews on Tuesday.  Singer Ryan Lindsay spied my t-shirt from half a block away and we began talking right away.  We drank copious amounts of drinks at and the band was gracious enough to geek out with me about gear and our favorite bands.  Ford even politely suffered my telling him that he was one of my all-time favorite bass players.  

I dig that the songs are blistering fast; nothing on the album lasts longer than 2.5 minutes, and there isn't a dull one among them.  I think the band is making a video for every song on the album, which makes sense because they're all singles.

I'm thinking about driving to Iowa City tonight to catch them again. 

Monday, August 6, 2012

Two Lines

"On my side of things, you used me up.  I traded a fuck for what I thought were feelings".

This is my favorite song from the few Decibully tracks that have accompanying videos.  It's not the first song I heard from the album, and I always like it when bands have the balls to place their single so deep into the album that by the time you get to it, you've already heard a half dozen other songs that could have been singles too.  

"Somewhere in the World" opens with an exceptional dueling guitar intro and a rocking drum fill that consists of only three total drums even though it sounds like a 16-piece Rush kit.  

This songs, and, indeed, most of the album, highlights the balancing act of noise that Decibully so expertly mastered in their years together.

The quote used above is the first couple of lines of the song.  They absolutely tear me up, especially after a messy break up. And the way that the song ends, with a broken whisper rather than a bombastic smash, completely conveys the song of a used-up broken heart.