Tulsa-based art-punk band BRONCHO formed in 2010. The band (Ryan Lindsey, Nathan Price, Penny Pitchlynn, and Ben King) started out writing catchy pop punk songs, the kind that lasted about 2 minutes but stayed in your head a lot longer. In 2016, they shifted gears a bit and released Double Vanity, a record that was more nuanced and moody. Last year, BRONCHO released Bad Behavior, a record that blended both versions of the band into its best record yet.
Bad Behavior is the band’s most topical record, although it never settles on one topic long enough to feel contrived. Imagine The Cars writing a record in the 24-hour cable news era. It’s another showcase for singer/guitarist Ryan Lindsey’s distinct vocal style, throughout the record he’s switching from self-reflective to shifting point of views.
BRONCHO have recently toured with Queens Of The Stone Age, The Growlers, and Cage The Elephant. They begin their next tour at George’s Majestic Lounge on Thursday, March 28, for a show with local bands The Good Fear and The Phlegms.
I asked the band some questions on a break from tour, and here goes…
Who: BRONCHO / The Phlegms / The Good Fear
When: 8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 28
Where: George’s Majestic Lounge
Cost: $12-$15 + fees at Stubs.net
More: See the Facebook event
Bad Behavior is the most focused record you’ve released. Was there a specific moment that led to it? Or was there a theme you stuck to when writing?
Not so much a moment, but the themes are kind of ever present in our reality. Most likely in everyone’s. Just living in the world we live in. The songs are old and new so the moment was maybe just realizing that the few old songs made a lot of sense with the new songs and we had a record.
What have you been reading and watching lately? Has any of it found its way into a BRONCHO song?
We have the entire Seinfeld series on DVD in the van, and we watch that sometimes. Maybe there are some subconscious references we haven’t noticed. Hard to say…
What’s the best part about being a band in Oklahoma?
Everything here is just growing, so it’s cool to be in on some massive shifts in the community.
What do you do in the van between shows? What’s the first thing you look for when you get to a new city?
Mainly naps. We usually have to go straight to the venue to load, so we look for parking right away.
Your shows are non-stop once they start. Any pre-show rituals that you can share?
Lots of rituals. Maybe none we can share.
You’ve played in Fayetteville a lot, including some early shows at The Lightbulb Club. Any stories you remember?
I remember one time when the people we were staying with forgot to leave their door unlocked so we all slept on their front porch. In the morning, turned out it was the wrong house.
What are your favorite things to do in Fayetteville?
Eat, drink, and see our friends Brady and Molly.
Do you have a favorite Arkansas band?
Too many to name one!