Oklahoma punk band BRONCHO is previewing “What,” the second single from its upcoming album “Just Enough Hip To Be Woman.”
“Just Enough Hip To Be Woman” will be out on Dine Alone Records Sept. 16.
The Oklahoma City album release show is set for Oct. 3 at Opolis, 113 N Crawford in Norman. For more information, go to www.opolis.org.
As previously reported, BRONCHO will also set out on a 30-date North American tour Sunday that will include dates with Brand New and stops at Riot Fest in Toronto and Chicago alongside The National, The Cure, Weezer, City and Colour and Jane’s Addiction.
My excellent colleague Becky Carman has posted an interesting Q&A with Tulsa’s Low Litas, who are hitting the road with BRONCHO. Mandii Larsen and Penny Pitchlynn are joining the lineup of BRONCHO — Pitchlynn on bass and Larsen on guitar — for a five-week tour with Low Litas as the supporting act. BRONCHO drummer Nathan Price is joining the lineup of Low Litas as well. To read her Q&A, click here.
“Just Enough Hip To Be Woman” is billed as a bold step forward for BRONCHO. Though it certainly bears the hallmarks of their previous work — fuzzy, guitar-driven rock – the production and energy of the record moves into decidedly sleeker and decidedly more new wave directions – think Cheap Trick meets the “Drive” soundtrack meets every great song from “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” meets the greatest after-hours party you’ve never been to, according to the news release.
Tracks like “Stay Loose,” “NC-17” and “What” are the kind of pop-rock that could have easily been beamed in from the same universe that gave rise to The Cars (or a looser version of The Strokes), while the album’s first single, “Class Historian” — with its unstoppable “do do do do” vocal refrain is the kind of song that seems scientifically engineered to stick in your brain forever and is arguably best played loudly over a car stereo with the windows down and your long hair blowing in the breeze.
Clocking in at just more than 30 minutes, the 11 tracks on the new record are a potent statement of intent: an effortless sounding rock record that dips its toe into a variety of different styles without ever succumbing to any of them. It’s a record that sounds like the summer. Or the future.
For BRONCHO’s Ryan Lindsey, making “Just Enough Hip To Be Woman” was more than just a labor of love; it was the culmination of a lifetime of playing around in bands and spending a million hours kicking around in rock clubs.
“Playing live is the entire reason you start a band,” says Lindsey in the news release. “We always want to change things and keeps things new — and I’m really proud of how this record came out and the ways we were able to push things forward — but playing live is always the test. We want people to hear us. We want everyone to have a good time.”
“Class Historian,” the first single from “Just Hip Enough To Be Woman,” made the Song of the Day podcast at 90.3 KEXP Seattle on Monday.
Listen to both singles here: