BRONCHO chug along nicely on Bad Behavior

Bad BehaviorYou've got to respect bands that stylise their name in all-caps. Does that mean we need to shout it out loud? Way to subvert the system, guys! Maybe they should legally enforce it. Imagine, the Gardaí storming in and violently cuffing you if you didn’t. Promising young student, life ruined because they didn’t let it settle; aged mother is devastated, but understands the law is there to protect us all.

Bad Behavior, the latest from Oklahoman all-capitalisers BRONCHO is a compact little thing of stylish post-punk numbers. It weighs in at under half-an-hour, and we have respect for that. If only more bands could restrain themselves in such a way. There’s a nice undercurrent of punk through the album too – though it has more of the too-cool-for-you, not-giving-a-fuck vibe rather than smashing the system. The lyrics are also very much of the window-dressing variety (“I got a thing for your sister/I got a thing for your brother/I got family values” on “Family Values”).

These are the kind of songs that work very well at a catwalk show, complemented by the androgynous vibe of frontman Ryan Lindsey's singing style. Alongside the record, we get a quote from said wordsmith, who informs us, “The best news is just a report of what’s going on, without bias. This record is a non-biased, non-profit reporting on what’s going on in the world. Part of it’s an exploration in solving those problems, on a personal level and ultimately on a cultural level.

Strange news programmes they must have out there in Oklahoma (“I like to go fast, I like to go far/Won't you open that door? Get in my car”, “Get in My Car – no relation to El Hasselhoff, one hopes).

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Perhaps it’s best to focus on the noise. It’s unlikely to change anyone’s world, but Bad Behavior is smart enough, with a smattering of prettiness overlaid by minimalist chugging. It all complements Lindsey’s breathy delivery and penchant for vocalisations well.

BRONCHO are at their best with the delay and chorus pedals on. The aforementioned “Weekend” has something of The Cure or New Order about it and would be a good soundtrack for night driving. “Boys Got to Go” is a sweet and wistful number, as is “Big City Boys”, which features some lovely chord progressions and vocal harmonies. It recalls the mighty Cut Copy. Lots of boys around, eh?

Even where BRONCHO abandon this formula, as on the minimal blues of “Sandman” or the vague surf rock of “Get in My Car”, they’ve got enough swagger to pull it off. If forced to criticise, we'd say it’s a little one-paced. More profoundly, it’s certainly lightweight. Like we said, it’s unlikely to change your life – but as far as punk records go, it’s enjoyable enough.

Released: October 12th, Park the Van Records

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