BRONCHO Announce new album Bad Behavior Due out 12 October 2018 via Park The Van Records
August 27, 2018
Credit: Pooneh Ghana
Announce new album Bad Behavior
Due out 12 October 2018 via Park The Van Records
BRONCHO is the Tulsa, Oklahoma-based band of Ryan Lindsey (vocals/guitar), Nathan Price (drums), Ben King (guitar), and Penny Pitchlynn (bass), who announce their new Chad Copelin-produced album Bad Behavior, due out on 12 October 2018 via Park The Van Records. The band’s new double single “Sandman” and “Boys Got To Go” are out now alongside a 12-minute video directed by Pooneh Ghana, which she explains: “follows a man’s journey of self-realization as he breaks down and breaks through his own wall. He slowly finds the strength to start over and face life with a new outlook and clarity. He truly embraces life again.” Watch it now HERE. Bad Behavior is now available for pre-order HERE.
Having extensively toured the U.S. and Europe over the past few years, including arena shows in the UK with Queens of the Stone Age, BRONCHO will head out on a headlining North American tour in October and November, including two New York shows, Rough Trade on 6 November and Elsewhere Zone One on 9 November. More dates will soon be announced.
Churning out thoughtful, nuanced rock and roll with an art school spirit and a punk rock heart since 2010, Bad Behavior finds them leaning into their strengths for their strongest effort yet. Following the catchy, playful vibe of past singles like last year’s “arena-ready anthem” (NPR Music) “Get In My Car,” which also appears on Bad Behavior, the new record reveals BRONCHO’s fly-on-the-crumbling-wall vision of our moral climate, complete with a reenergized, accessible sound and the charmingly sardonic, smiling-while-sneering delivery of singer and bandleader Ryan Lindsey.
“It’s a reflection of the current world: everybody’s been acting badly over the last few years so we made a record about it,” Lindsey says. “There are multiple ways of portraying something as ‘bad,’ and there are moments of self-reflection throughout the record as though we could be talking about ourselves—but not necessarily. It’s observational, like we’re looking through muddy binoculars from a distance. It’s a blurry mirror image of the times from where we sit.”
Bad Behavior slinks and purrs with a sense of lascivious flirtation. Lindsey sings with a mischievous twinkle in his voice, peppering his verses with suggestive uh-ohs and ahhs and at times barely pushing out his words to the point of whispering. Lines like “You caught me in the weekend/You caught me with your boyfriend” (“Weekend”) and “I got a thing for your mother/I got a thing to teach your father” (“Family Values”) match the primal pulse of the songs’ moods and vibes, and their pop sensibilities create a world where T. Rex, Tom Petty, The Cars, and The Strokes collide.
But the misbehaviour here includes more than just what happens between the sheets, as the record is filled with references to religion, sin, drugs, vice, and scandal bubbling just under the surface. It’s a palette familiar to anyone who has ever turned on the evening news, which Lindsey admits was a huge influence on him. “Through the writing process I watched a lot of CNN, and man there’s a lot of bad behaviour there,” he says. “Not to mention that there’s a company making money off of people watching their depiction of it all. From an entertainer’s standpoint I get what they’re doing, calling everything ‘breaking news’ and keeping people glued, but taking up that kind of space can’t be good for society. Although it’s pretty fun to watch.”
Bad Behavior represents a picture of a band that have crushed their own commercial expectations and are doing what they want to do at their own pace. They’ve cleaned the slate and quietly made a return with urgent, bonafide pop songs. If you want to catch a whiff of Bad Behavior, simply stick your head out the window and breathe.