Broncho - Double Vanity

by Steve Reynolds Rating:7 Release Date:2016-06-10

I remember the first time I heard The Mary Chain’s ‘Barbed Wire Kisses’ the intense and stand off feel that the album gave off sounded like it had been recorded in a dark, dank echo chamber such was the density of the production they’d managed to nail down.

BRONCHO’s third album, ‘Double Vanity’, has been cut from the same cloth and takes the band down a different avenue from their 2014 album, Just Enough Hip To Be Woman that was much poppier and lighter in sound and finish. 

The Oklahoma quartet are unbridled in their love of garage rock and dark fuzzy lines on this newie and frontman Ryan Lindsey’s moribund, downtrodden vocals certainly blacken the mood of the album as it’s chucked into the washing machine with an unearthly amount of reverb to boot like some incessant moody hangover.

Lindsey’s languid vocal adds a certain sense of sleaze to what BRONCHO do.  His at time incoherent, ambiguous drawl sits perfectly inside his band mates’ musical accompaniment. Opener ‘All Time’ drags its arse like a rattlesnake on its ahem (sic) last legs and Lindsey suitably obliges with his “I’d rather be, I’d never be alone” which implies he hasn’t got a clue which way to turn or which is the best move for him to make next.

‘Fantasy Boys’ is of similar ilk and Lindsey tells us about Fantasy Boys and that he wants to “look em up and eat em up”.  This is a man that leaves you to work out his sexuality and he’s probably laughing his head off whilst you decide. He positively revels in his band mates’ music and even puts on his finest falsetto for ‘I know you’. 

He keeps up his sordid imagination on ‘Jenny loves Jenae’ and even throws in some groans and moans for good measure and the rest of the group take on a Kills type arrangement on the blues induced ‘Senora Borealis’ proving that BRONCHO are not just a one man band.

‘Speed Demon’ steps out of the shadows of the previous songs with some Shangri Las backing vocals against a much more fervent driving guitar, reminiscent of their previous work with Lindsey telling us “I like the way that you look”.

Other gems include the breezy but dark lines of ‘Soak up the sun’ and the Beach Boys influenced ‘Two Step’.

Closer ‘Wanna’ returns to the murkiness that overhangs the majority of ‘Double Vanity’ and sums up the hard work that the band have put in to make this album.  All in all it gets a double thumbs up.

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