The Bronx

Classic Rock - - The Hard Stuff -

V

Cook­ing Vinyl/Ato Punk, rock and a whole lot more be­sides. The fifth in a se­ries of self-ti­tled al­bums and their first in four years finds LA punks The Bronx in a cu­ri­ous po­si­tion. While their rep­u­ta­tion was crafted around the blind fury of the chaos they cre­ated both on record and on stage, 2013’s IV es­chewed their sig­na­ture fe­roc­ity in favour of a more con­sid­ered ver­sion of punk rock. These punks had grown up, and their fans weren’t en­tirely happy about it.

But it’s disin­gen­u­ous to claim that The Bronx have lost any of their po­tency on this record. Those who were dis­ap­pointed with IV will find sim­i­lar gripes with V, but in har­ness­ing their fury the band’s abil­ity to craft a brilliant pop song has sur­faced. While the fren­zied punk rock of lead-off sin­gle Sore Throat finds them as ur­gent and di­rect as they’ve ever been, V is the sound of a band ac­knowl­edg­ing that there’s more to their sound than that. It swings be­tween buoy­ant hard­core punk, her­itage-heavy hard rock and snotty, brat­tish proto-punk, all pol­ished to a mod­ern sheen.

It’s not all hit – there’s the bor­der­line de­riv­a­tive glam-metal of Two Birds, and the wholly less ar­rest­ing pop-punk of Side Ef­fects – but this is loud, pro­fi­cient punk rock which should leave even the most cur­mud­geonly lis­tener fist­punch­ing with glee.

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