(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Bands to Watch #345: Broncho

By on Friday, 6th March 2015 at 12:00 pm

Oklahoma-based garage punk band Broncho are set to take SXSW 2015 by storm later this month after spending February on tour with punk icon Billy Idol. Their current support slot for The Growlers‘ 5-day residency at Brooklyn’s Baby’s All Right runs through the first week of March, then the group will head to Austin before setting out on their own American West Coast headline dates.

Broncho’s current LP ‘Just Enough Hip To Be Woman’ was released in September 2014 on Dine Alone Records. Its opening track ‘What’ is characteristic of the album as a whole, heavy on chugging guitars and sullen vocals. Each of its 11 comprising tracks is concise and to the point; the album clocks in at just over 30 minutes total.

The current single from the album is called ‘NC-17’, referring to the movie rating that signifies adult content. While the accompanying video for the song doesn’t merit that rating (you can watch it below to see for yourself), its lo-fi home movie quality reflects Broncho’s garage band sound to a tee.

My early pick for Best Earworm of SXSW 2015 goes to ‘Class Historian’, whose trippy “do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do” refrain will likely take up residence in the ears and minds of Austin punters for months to come. Aside from that pervasive melody, the song’s tempo is driven by the persistent drum rhythm and the deep reverb of the guitar lines. Just below, watch a live performance video of ‘Class Historian’ recorded at Austin’s KUTX studios back in November.

‘Just Enough Hip to Be Woman’ is slightly more refined than Broncho’s previous album, 2013’s ‘Can’t Get Past The Lips’. Their early brash punk style played out there in the album track ‘Try Me Out Sometime’, which has a grittier instrumental sound behind the anxious energy of its insistently repetitive lyrics.

If you’re not yet convinced about Broncho, you can stream ‘Just Enough Hip To Be Woman’ in full on their Soundcloud. The band are scheduled to play several official showcases at SXSW 2015, including the Dine Alone Records tenth anniversary show on the 18th of March at the Bungalow.

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