Los Angeles, CA
New Bomb Turks, Queens of the Stone Age, Rocket From The Crypt, Turbonegro
The Bronx – ironically not from New York – are one of the hottest and rocking-est acts to come out of LA in years. Known for their punishing sounds and kinetic live shows, the band can know add acting to their resume, as they perform a cameo as the legendary Black Flag in the impending biopic of Germ’s lead singer Darby Crash.
The Bronx are sort of like George Foreman: they insist on uniformity when naming their offspring. Whereas Foreman named each of his sons ‘George,’ The Bronx dubbed each of their three albums The Bronx. This propensity for eponymous titles varied – slightly – with the release of 2009’s mariachi-themed album, Mariachi El Bronx.
The band’s stock and trade is an aggressive brand of hardcore punk mastered by bands like Drive Like Jehu: adrenaline-fueled bombast and high-voltage, in-your-face vocals. Each subsequent release retains the group’s energy while adding ever more catchy choruses and hooks to the high-octane mix.
The Bronx are now back where they began on their own White Drugs label after a foray on a major. And as they approach almost a full decade of existence as a band, there’s no better time to catch them perform in either their original incarnation or as their alter-egos, Mariachi El Bronx. One word of advice: if you go see the former, bring some earplugs.