A lot of us are playing catch-up with Tulsa band Broncho, which is not a bad thing at all. It’s just that a lot of new fans are still discovering their 2011 debut, Can’t Get Past the Lips, re-released this year. And you notice right away that there’s an essence there – the aggressive energy, the passion, the attitude and sound that is so very New York City 1976/Modern Lovers/Voidoids-ish and ridiculously contagious. They hone in on old-school punk styles but make it all feel as alive and electrifying as ever, right down to the short length of the songs. The entire album clocks in at about twenty minutes, leaping all over the place with crunchy, jagged, stripped-down tracks that remain true to Broncho’s punk rock lineage. They keep it simple, and in your face. Perfect.
This is a show that’s a definite must-see. Catch Broncho tonight at Stubb’s indoor venue, 801 Red River. The bill includes performances by an outrageously cool garage pop quartet all the way from Eindhoven, Antwerp, Mozes and The Firstborn, and local rock ‘n’ roll hoodlums The Blind Pets. Get there early; word from Blind Pets’ front man Joshua Logan is that the music starts at 9 p.m. So recommended.