Friday, August 30, 2013


I bought tickets to see Broncho as soon as I heard they were coming to Denver, loving their propulsive and infectious sound.  Playing at the Larimer Lounge this evening were Dudebabes, Hindershot, Mozes and the Firstborn with Broncho closing the place down.  Being a Tuesday night, there might have been a hundred people in the place at most, with many being members belonging to the bands.  After the show I drove the truck to the Morrison exit where I parked it and slept in the back, giving myself an extra hour of sleep (versus going home) before meeting others to head off to the Western Slope.

Westword writes:

Broncho hit the stage last night like a great, long lost band from several eras. With its catchy melodies, and its infectious exuberance and aggression, Broncho recalled the Buzzcocks by way of the Stooges, except the guitar sweep and atmospherics were more like some psychedelic '60s garage band playing riffs more grounded in '90s noise rock.

Frontman Ryan Lindsey sang with a calm, cool confidence but he also let loose with fiery yelps and during the instrumental passages, and he leapt in the air to rhythms and dynamics provided by drummer Nathan Price and bassist Johnathon Ford. Guitarist Ben King seemed to synch perfectly together with Lindsey to create interlocking, searing leads and a vivid, sometimes contrasting, tonal layer.

The band really got the crowd going with "Try Me Out Sometime." It was especially impressive that the crowd was so engaged considering how little interaction the band had with the crowd. At one point, Lindsey pointed out that Denver was going to be the next capital and made mention of the artwork at DIA. Curtis Wallach from Dudebabes said something about how it was a weird airport to which Lindsey remarked, "Conspiracy weird." Other than this exchange, Broncho didn't interact much with the crowd and instead left it to the music to inspire folks to movement both inwardly and outwardly. At the end of the show, a woman said, "I think I'm going to cry."

Read it all here:

The surprise of the evening were Mozes and the Firstborn, playing their first night here in the US on their tour with Broncho.  It is written:

"The band is a group of youngsters from the Netherlands, with the age between 18 and 22 years. The lead singer has been working on the band for 4 years and has lived a year in London where he has searched the true roots of garage-rock. After playing a few years as amateurs, Mozes and the Firstborn started to receive a lot of attention from all the major Dutch record labels last year. However, they decided not to sign any contract, but they wanted to produce a good album first. They built their own studio, quit side jobs and studied and spent months non-stop in their basement studio, practicing and creating new songs. After this, they signed a good contract with the record label Top Notch. They have released their self-titled debut album on the 2nd of March. This band is the newest talent from the Netherlands, playing old style hard rock. It is a long time ago the Netherlands produced this kind of rock. For the last couple of months, they’ve played their album at a few festivals, getting 5 star reviews and already being labeled as the most talented new artists from the Netherlands."

I liked them enough to pick up a CD of theirs after the show.

Download the Mozes and the Firstborn show here:

Broncho is good and I thoroughly enjoyed their short performance!  Others have written:

"Perhaps the best debut album of 2011 came by way of BRONCHO, a garage-punk quartet from Norman, Okla. Frontman Ryan Lindsey is better known as the keyboardist for the Starlight Mints, but this side project has been touring the Midwest since early 2010. Can't Get Past the Lips hit stores this August, and "Try Me Out Sometime" was an instant standout. It's not a complex song, by any means, and the simplicity is fantastic because the execution is so strong. Three chords are plenty enough backdrop for Lindsey to yelp out the hooks."

Download the entire Broncho show here:

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