BRONCHO headlines Opolis IX anniversary show in Norman

BY GENE TRIPLETT etriplett@opubco.com Published: August 16, 2013
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— After the surrealistic sounds he made with Starlight Mints and the alternately bright and wistful daydream pop he created on his 2006 solo album “White Paper Beds,” Ryan Lindsey's inner-punk suddenly busted forth in 2011, and BRONCHO was born.

Certainly no one expected such an outburst from the thoughtful singer-songwriter from Norman whose sunny and infectious solo tunes landed him a publishing deal and have been licensed for network TV series soundtracks, film and even by Starbucks for its in-store background music.

But the rebellious evidence is all there on “Can't Get Past the Lips,” a 10-track album of raw, swift and slashing tunes that clocks in at barely over 20 minutes in length.

And fans can sample BRONCHO's CBGB-style of slam-dance-inducing music Saturday night in Norman at Opolis as the popular bar and micro venue celebrates its 11th year of presenting the best in alternative rock to local discriminating music lovers.

“It kinda started as a side project, and I think for me as a writer, aside from my solo record, which is definitely a certain genre, as far as stuff I was writing for the publishing company, all that stuff was kind of all over the place,” Lindsey said in a phone interview from his Norman home.

“I was writing songs for all kinds of different avenues.”

Then Lindsey started exploring a rougher road, writing and recording some tunes in a more tempestuous vein and sending them along to his bassist, Johnathon Ford.

“He was playing with me at the time on my solo stuff, and I just started singing him the stuff, and it eventually became BRONCHO,” Lindsey said. “And he got really into it, and Nathan (Price), who plays drums with BRONCHO, he was already playing on all these recordings. And so Johnathon said, ‘Well let's just start bookin' shows.' So at first I thought, well, I'm not necessarily ready to start playing shows, but I do like these songs.

“But then they had these shows booked, so I was kind of forced to. So we started playin' shows, and it really just started making sense ... It happened without us really planning it. Yeah, it is quite a bit different than stuff I've done in the recent past.”

Short, simple, fun

With Ben King (Cheyenne) bringing his guitar and vocals to the fray, the band began recording in earnest in 2011 at the storied Church Studios in Tulsa and at Blackwatch Studios in Norman with engineers Jarod Evans and Chad Copelin.

The finished product, from the defiant, rapid-fire album opener “Pick a Fight” to the rough-and-tumble title-song closer with its twin guitar attack and angry vocals that bear absolutely no resemblance to Lindsey's near-whisper singing on his solo work, hearkens back to the glory days of bands such as the Ramones, Iggy and the Stooges and, in particular, the early Replacements.

“Yeah, I think the Replacements are a huge influence on BRONCHO,” Lindsey agreed. “For me definitely, the Replacements make the most sense as far as the way that things have sounded, the way we kinda went about recording.

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