BRONCHO premiered the VHS-shot music video for their new single “Fantasy Boys” today via Noisey; the clip features a fuzzed-out aura that aligns with the song’s romantic nostalgia. “Fantasy Boys” is the first single from BRONCHO’s forthcoming third album Double Vanity, due out May 27 on Dine Alone Records.
Praise for “Fantasy Boys”:
“Double Vanity is somewhat of a tonal shift from their last album-they’ve gotten a little smoother, a little slower, and a little sexier… [“Fantasy Boys”] sounds like the romantic final slow dance scene from a sexy late ’80s movie.” – The Fader
“The subdued track comes smothered in spacey guitar effects, and vocalist Ryan Lindsey somehow makes lines like ‘I wanna eat you up’ sound sexy instead of weirdly ominous. It’s a lower-key look than nearly anything we’ve seen from BRONCHO so far, and it might be a sign that they’ve finally learned how to relax. Or, better yet, get down.” – Consequence of Sound
“You know a song is good when it makes you shiver a little and it’s not just because the air con is on full blast.” – Noisey
“A hooky, dreamy piece of ’80s-sounding pop songwriting.” – Brooklyn Vegan
“[S]hows the quartet moving in a sexier, more shoe-gazey direction. If you’re thinking of your favorite 80s cult-movies while listening to ‘Fantasy Boys,’ you’re not alone.” – Observer
BRONCHO will be on tour through May and June, opening a string of dates for Cage The Elephant at venues like New York’s Central Park Summer Stage and Philadelphia’s Mann Center, and then continuing on with a headlining tour across the country.
BRONCHO 2016 TOUR
* w/ Cage The Elephant
5/06: Deltaplex – Grand Rapids, MI*
5/07: Masonic Auditorium – Detroit, MI*
5/08: International Centre Arrow Hall – Mississauga, ON*
5/10: Bell Center – Montreal, QC*
5/11: Times Union Center – Albany, NY*
5/12: Mann Center – Philadelphia, PA*
5/15: Merriweather Post Pavilion – Columbia, MD*
5/16: Central Park Summer Stage – New York, NY*
5/17: Central Park Summer Stage – New York, NY*
5/19: Ascend Amphitheatre – Nashville, TN*
5/20: Infinite Energy Arena – Atlanta, GA*
5/26: Rudyards – Houston, TX
5/27: Club Dada – Dallas, TX
5/28: Sidewinder – Austin, TX
6/02: Valley Bar – Phoenix, AZ
6/03: Casbah – San Diego, CA
6/04: Teragram Ballroom – Los Angeles, CA
6/05: Constellation Room – Santa Ana, CA
6/06: Catalyst Atrium – Santa Cruz, CA
6/07: Independent – San Francisco, CA
6/09: Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR
6/10: Chop Suey – Seattle, WA
6/11: Cobalt – Vancouver, BC
6/13: Kilby Court – Salt Lake City, UT
6/14: Walnut Room – Denver, CO
6/16: 7th Street Entry – Minneapolis, MN
6/17: Beat Kitchen – Chicago, IL
6/18: Wicker Park Green Music Festival – Chicago, IL
6/22: Great Scott – Boston, MA
6/26: Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
6/30: Outland – Springfield, MO
Blasted grassland, the thin ribbon line of the freeway unspooling beneath wheels, skies stretched wide between mountaintop. It is dream music, foggy, atmospheric, the melodies you hear while you gazing out through fingerprint smeared windows into a constantly moving, metamorphosing landscape….
It makes sense then, that BRONCHO was born out of out a film project, its initial incarnation sparked when founder Ryan Lindsey was asked to create music “to set to an early 80s punk film.” “That’s all I knew about it,” he remembers, “they were looking for songs that touched this era. And songs kept coming to me and turned something on inside of me artistically.” Lindsey found himself in the midst of prolific run of songs and he liked the idea “of starting out there and seeing where it could go.”
What’s evolved from those first tracks there has been a steady run of success, critical accolades and two full-length albums: 2011’s Can’t Get Past the Lips and 2014’s Just Enough Hip to Be Woman. And beneath it all, the music has been constantly mutating and ceaselessly experimental. From that first inception as a soundtrack in 2010, BRONCHO has taken on a life of its own. The initial inspiration is still there, but now pushing far beyond the stiff confines of score. What began as an ode to ramshackle, high-energy early punk has become something deeper, weirder, and much more nuanced. The undercurrent of early 1980s punk is still there, but The Ramones pogo has been replaced more often by a kind of Love and Rockets-inspired, honeyed, cotton-mouthed drift.
Double Vanity is Lindsey and bandmates Ben King, Nathan Price and Penny Pitchlynn steadily moving ahead, transforming the raw angst of the first record into a sound decidedly more layered and complex. Tracks like “New Karma” or “Two Step” riff off the later explorations of punk, culling up refracted images of John Hughes prom nights, love songs echoing from a boombox held high. “Jenny Loves Jenae” and “Speed Demon” strut with a 80s-meets-50s swagger, discord transformed into a jagged, frenetic pop. “Señora Borealis” is all bad boy sneer – sensual, moody, with a sly and predatory swagger. “I Know You” is simultaneously infectious and brooding, somehow both exalting and heartsick.
The result is a record that veers gleefully from BRONCHO’s roots, moving from graffiti sprayed backrooms into a sleeker, plusher sound, a place bright with the polished gleam of chrome and bleached white sunlight. Close your eyes and what you feel is the raw wound pulse of adolescence; what you see behind your lids is suburban shopping mall wastelands, glazed eyes, dead grass, lips glossed in bubblegum pink. There is the burst chest thump of teenage longing, the smell of hairspray and cigarettes. There is glow of neon and the glint of streetlight rolling across hood.
Double Vanity evokes a shared nostalgia for the past and for the unknown future, as BRONCHO takes a turn off the wide freeways and into a world of intimate, intricate – but always universal – emotion.