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Posted April 6, 2021 by Jeff in Tunes
 
 

The Bronx’s Latest Offering Is a Group Effort

The Bronx, Photo By Mike Miller
The Bronx, Photo By Mike Miller

Los Angeles-based hard rock outfit the Bronx will release its latest effort, Bronx VI, on Aug. 27 via Cooking Vinyl.

“I’m excited,” says guitarist Joby Ford. “From Day One, we really decided that we wanted to make a record that went in different directions and places. The thing I like a lot about it is that everybody contributed songs. It’s not just Joby J. Ford guitars with [singer] Matt [Caughthran] singing over it. I loved listening to what other people wrote, and I think those differences and nuances really come through.”

Caughthran agrees.

“We’re such good friends and we’re so tight creatively, but we’re still learning stuff about each other, especially when it comes to the process of creating an album,” he says. “[Bassist] Brad [Magers] and [guitarist] Ken [Horne] are just coming out as songwriters and we’re learning to write songs as a group around ideas they bring to the table. This is a really important record for us growth-wise because it kicked down a lot of doors that needed to be kicked down. I feel like now going forward the sky is the limit.”

An early taste of the 11-song album comes via the single “White Shadow,” a hard-driving track Caughthran describes as “a song about spiraling.

“[It’s got] wild eyed guitars, drums, and bass mixed with a high speed chase and a frantic mind unraveling,” says Caughthran.

Joe Baressi (Tool, Melvins, Bad Religion), someone with whom the band has wanted to work for many years, produced the album at his House of Compression studio in Pasadena, CA.

“We’d been talking about doing a record together since 2005,” explains Ford, “and it finally aligned schedule wise.”

“He was just the perfect guy for this record,” says Caughtrhan. “We went in feeling really good about all the songs, and we just needed someone to make them sound fucking badass and take it to the next level. That was definitely Joe.”  

Album pre-orders are available now with the collection available digitally, on CD and with a number of vinyl variants (orange crush vinyl, orange and black galaxy U.S. webstore exclusive, orange with black splatter U.K. webstore exclusive, transparent with orange splatter Revolver/Brooklyn Vegan exclusive, orange and blue half-and-half vinyl Banquet Records exclusive, and an orange and blue galaxy Australian webstore exclusive).

Each of the 11 songs on Bronx VI will be available as individual, limited-edition 7-inch singles featuring unique artwork from a hand-picked group of artists including Estevan Oriol, DABS MYLA, Craig Stecyk and Tim Armstrong. The 7-inches, while available individually, can also be purchased as a monthly subscription, dubbed the Mirror Press series and limited to 400 fans. Recipients of the Mirror Press series version will receive a collectible, handmade wooden box embossed with the band’s logo, a lyrical decoder mirror, 7-inch slip mat. Philadelphia-based graphic artist Jeremy Dean handled artwork for the single.

Photo credit: Mike Miller


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