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, metamorphing -  landscape….

It makes sense then, that BRONCHO, 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,

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 – initial inspiration still there, but now pushing far

beyond the stiff confines of score. And what began as

an ode to ramshackle, high-energy early punk has

become something deeper, weirder, and much more

nuanced.  The undercurrent of early 1980 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 band mates 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 boom box held high.  "Jenny Loves Jenae" and

"Speed Demon" strut with an when 80s met 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 spray 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 cigarette.  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.

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