Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on the Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Try Me Out Somtime” by BRONCHO off their self-released debut album Can’t Get Past The Lips.
“It’s not nostaliga, it’s natural,” says BRONCHO bassist Jonathan Ford, referring to the Oklahoma City band’s undeniably 70’s sound. The side-project of Starlight Mints keyboardist Ryan Lindsay, BRONCHO adheres to an style and work ethic highly reminiscent of punk forefathers, a comparison the band embraces with reverence and respect with the addendum that it’s anything but a tribute and all about the attitude. In control and in total style, their 10-song debut album clocks in at barely over 20 minutes in triumphant celebration of the foundations of the realy loud and especially fast.
“Try Me Out Sometime” combines a straightforward, 3-chord Ramones-like anthem with clean-cut production and staccato guitar strums. Fast, repetitive and without a hint of aggression, the track toes the line between pop and punk in a way that stays true to the genres’ seminal legends. Lindsay spits out his hazy vocals, different iterations of the same self-doubting and timidly hopeful proposition, creating a distinct contrast with the band’s high-strung and refined energy that seems to build but never quite erupt, accented of course with a few yelps here and there.
BRONCHO has a string of West Coast dates next month, including a show at the High Dive in Seattle on Sunday, March 3rd, and an in-studio, live on KEXP, at 11:00am on Monday, March 4. Until then, be sure to check out their website and Facebook page for more information, and watch their guerrilla performance tactics in the “Try Me Out Sometime” video below: