When you choose to title your albums simply with Roman numerals you expect the album to be just as simple. The Bronx have been making music for over a decade now. At no point would anyone mistake them as being complex.
Their latest album IV, produced by Beau Burchell (Saosin), is 12 tracks that are simply put, rock and roll genius. It has been over 5 years since the L.A. band released an album and this was worth the wait. Matt Caughthran’s raspy yet powerful voice leads you through this fist pumping journey. Like a fine automobile IV’s lines are simple, sleek, and filled with an engine that will take you for the ride of your life.
The band released the single “Youth Wasted” recently and it is a good representation of what fans can expect for the rest of the album. While this song has a bit more structure than others like “Along for the Ride” and “Under the Rabbit” it stands on its own while flowing well with the rest of the album.
While most fans will appreciate the band’s consistency, new fans will enjoy the band’s rockin punk sound. The best way I can describe this album would be if Motorhead, Guns N’ Roses, and Gallows had a baby and that baby came out horns up. The rock is infectious and the roll is intoxicating. Definitely a great way to start 2013. This album made me believe in rock n’ roll again.
IV will be released on February 5, 2013 via White Drugs/ATO Records.
The Bronx (IV) Track Listing:
01. The Unholy Hand
02. Along For The Ride
03. Style Over Everything
04. Youth Wasted
05. Too Many Devils
06. Pilot Light
08. Under The Rabbit
10. Valley Heat
11. Life Less Ordinary
12. Last Relevation
RIYL: Cancer Bats, The Bouncing Souls, Refused, Bad Religion
Categories: Album Reviews