Album Review: The Bronx – IV

Jordan Schursky February 7, 2013 New Music, Reviews 2 Comments

BronxLadies and Gentlemen, I’m pleased to announce the return of The Bronx. They never broke up or went on hiatus, instead they became something else. After the release of III in 2008, the Bronx threw out their “punkabilly” sound to form an alter ego band – a mariachi band called Mariachi El Bronx. I’m not kidding. Some appreciated the change of scenery, while others shook their heads. I was part of the latter group. IV is a welcome return to their original sound. It’s fun, energetic, catchy, and an overall great album. It’s not quite I, but it far surpasses II and III.

Matt Caughthran recently talked about how Mariachi El Bronx influenced IV in an interview with Blow The Scene:

I think El Bronx had a subliminal effect on Bronx 4 in a couple ways. There are a some songs on the record that are new styles for us. Songs like “Torches” and “Life Less Ordinary” were important songs that we really wanted to make the record. Looking back, I think there’s also a lot of vocal melody on this record. More so than any other The Bronx record. During the vocal tracking it didn’t feel that way at all- Almost the opposite.”

The first few notes of the opener “The Unholy Hand,” perfectly exemplify the intention the album promises – and it delivers. My personal favorite track “Style Over Everything,” could easily carry this album alone while “Pilot Light,” could come in at a close second with one of the catchiest hooks on the album. IV oddly feels over produced and polished, considering the quality of production on their original records. However, I think it’s a nice transition – Matt Caughthran’s vocals can be heard loud and clear with a perfect balance of the band’s instruments.

I highly recommend this album for any rock/punk/hardcore fan. It’s a fun album that’ll keep you tapping your toes all the way through. The Bronx have recently wrapped two shows in LA and NYC, with a small tour in the United Kingdom underway. Here are the dates:

Feb 9 – Preston, UK – 53 Degrees
Feb 10 – Cardiff, UK – Solus at Cardiff University
Feb 12 – London, UK – The Underworld
Feb 14 – Norwich, UK – The Waterfront
Feb 15 – Wolverhampton, UK – Slade Rooms
Feb 16 – Glasgow, UK – Garage
Feb 17 – Aberdeen, UK – The Garage
Feb 19 – Manchester, UK – Club Academy
Feb 20 – Nottingham, UK – Rescue Rooms
Feb 21 – Leeds, UK – The Cockpit
Feb 22 – Newcastle, UK – Newcastle O2 Academy 2
Feb 23 – Bristol, UK – The Fleece
Feb 24 – Portsmouth, UK – Wedgewood Rooms
Feb 25 – Exeter, UK – Cavern
Feb 26 – Southend-On-Sea, UK – Chinnery’s
Feb 27 – York, UK – The Duchess

Mariachi El Bronx have a few dates lined up as well:

Mar 9 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
Mar 11 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
Mar 12 – Seattle, WA – The Paramount
Mar 14 – Garden City, ID – Revolution Concert House & Event Center
Mar 15 – Salt Lake City, UT – Saltair
Mar 16 – Las Vegas, NV – Boulevard Pool at the Cosmopolitan

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Jordan is a graduate of The School of Visual Arts. When not getting his metal on, he works as a freelance editor in Film & TV.

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