By Andrew Hunter
The Bronx have been around for a while now, I really got into them on their 2006 album. I fell in love with them- songs about how the world sucked, “History Stranglers” has to be one of the weirdest\funniest videos ever, and the album was produced but ex Guns N Roses cool guy (just not as cool as Izzy) Gilby Clarke. It was one of my favorite albums when I was younger, “Shitty Future” spoke to me, “Dirty Leaves” a great break up song. So when The Bronx were back last year (2013) with The Bronx IV I was excited, but I didn’t love it to begin with compared to other stuff they have put out. It still had the heavy riffs of Joby j. Ford and Matt Caughthran’s growling vocals, the guy is one of the best punk vocalists, his vocals even shine on slower tracks like “Life Less Ordinary”. But listening again to this their sixth album (if you include the Mariachi El Bronx stuff, these guys aren’t just a punk band, they do mariachi music too) I feel like they’re a band who haven’t been given the recognition they deserve, I mean The Bronx IV gets better the more I listen to it, and it has a tiger on the cover so it’s obviously cooler than the last album you listened to, right?
Lyrically though they still sound as disenfranchised with the world as they ever did. On “Torches” Caughthran sings “you cannot change the life you’re born to live” they just sound pissed at the world, like they haven’t got what they wanted. On “Life Less Ordinary” he sings “Lost my mind been walking backwards my whole life”, and maybe they have. I still struggle to find people that really dig The Bronx which sucks . This has to be their most accessible or even radio friendly album, “ Youth Wasted” seems made for radio, but maybe it’s a good thing they haven’t become hugely popular, or they wouldn’t be putting out such good records, about how much the world bites sometimes, but I just hope the final track on the album “Last Revelation” is not actually the last cause … I don’t want it to be, so go out and get the album, so they don’t stop making music, I don’t want to lose such a cool band.