Creatively Boundless

The Bronx – Brendan Agnew by thebinks
March 27, 2009, 5:38 am
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Alright, so this is the first post ( in a sense) for creatively boundless. Like most of what i’ll be doing, this post is geared towards rock and alternative music listeners, although i may write about hip hop from time to time, since I have a lot of interest in new rap music as well. My articles are most likely going to be either album reviews, concert reviews, some form of rant about rock n’ roll, or me gushing for days about a band I find to be BA. Today’s entry falls into the last category.

Los Angeles has been known to generate many a punk rock group. While New York and D.C. had their own respective hardcore punk scenes in the 1980’s, L.A. generated the greater amount of bands that defined the hardcore punk genre. Groups like Black Flag, the Circle Jerks, X, and the Germs put a new, more agressive, and at times, more creative, spin on the punk rock they grew up on. They made efforts to redefine both live and recorded music, but were always in your face about it, and playing passionately with amplifiers turned up to 11.

In some ways, Los Angeles band the Bronx are the same kind of band. They have all the ingredients of the perfect SoCal punk group. The singer sounds as if he starts each morning eating nails and shattered glass washed down with molten magma. He spends most of the time yelling in a gritty and completely unrestrained voice, reminiscent of Motorhead’s Lemmy Killmister or Circle Jerk’s Keith Morris.  While his voice is obviously flawed, he screams with conviction,  and this kind of passion and fury is what makes a legendary punk rock frontman. There are two guitarists in the Bronx, but many times you wouldn’t know this hearing them. Both guitars are usually playing the same riff, but this makes the sound all the more powerful. This works because their riffs are consistently original, ranging from hectic stacatto guitar attacks (see their song “Knifeman”) fist pumping hooks that recall Black Flag’s Greg Ginn ( see the intense ” They Will Kill Us All” and “Shitty Future”), and occassionally classic rock jams a la AC/DC’s angus young (the swaggery anthem “White Guilt”).  Their rhythm section is just as boisterous and aggressive as you’d expect of a band such as the Bronx and then some. The bass usually just adds more low end to the thundering guitar riffs, although the bass often comes to the forefront, adding exciting fills while keeping the upbeat tempo, in true punk form. The drums are cymbal-heavy and louder than holy hell, which is definitely a necessity, and also adds original and fire to the already intense rhythms of the Bronx’s songs. He plays like Keith Moon if he were drumming behind Keith Morris.

The sum of these parts is what makes the Bronx stand out among dozens of new punk rock  bands. While most groups ( and fans, for that matter) in modern hardcore punk are happy with punk by numbers that sounds exactly like the bands that came before it, the Bronx are refreshingly original. Leave it up to a band from Los Angeles’s D.I.Y. punk scene to rekindle the fire of the genre. The Bronx are abrasive yet catchy, gritty and still witty,  profound and profane, the perfect mixture of street and smart.

Long story short, they can scream profanity with more conviction and songwriting ability than half of the bands out there today.

For starters, check out their homepage Not only can you find most of their tunes there, but you can also check out their tour stories, which are hilarious as well as more BA than most road tales you’ll hear from any modern band.

Also, check out their videos, which are equally as creative as their music.

That one’s a link to the video for White Guilt, a song with a sort of classic rock anthemic feel. Also, it’s about a coke addled prostitute, but still comes across as a clever song that isn’t too grossly direct. Overall, an incredible song to say the least.

That links to a Bronx song called History’s Stranglers. It has sort of a Motorhead feel to it. The lyrics seem to be from the perspective of a murderer, bent on revenge.  It’s perfectly sleazy and cocky, basically if Hannibal lecter wrote a BA rock number, this would, without a doubt, be that song.

False Alarm is a song from the Bronx’s debut. It’s a great hardcore punk style song with a stomping beat. It’s aggressively rock and roll but still catchy enough to get stuck on your head with it’s guitar riffage. The video is basically the band edited into a bunch of old horror films, which is somehow perfect for the music, and seems sort of like something the Misfits would do. Y’know, back when they were good.

P.S. the bronx have been known to perform as Mariachi El Bronx. IN that case, they dress up in matching outfits and play traditional style mexican mariachi numbers that they’ve written. Yeah. You heard right.

The Binks, signing out for now.


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That definitely gets them down to a tee, yep. Haven’t heard the Mariachi side yet….it disturbs me……

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