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Just Enough Hip To Be Woman is a bold step forward for BRONCHO.
Though it certainly bears the hallmarks of their previous work - fuzzy, guitar-driven rock - the production and energy of the record moves into decidedly sleeker and decidedly more new wave directions (think Cheap Trick meets the Drive soundtrack meets every great song from Fast Times at Ridgemont High meets the greatest after-hours party you've never been to). Tracks like "Stay Loose," "NC-17" and "What" are the kind of pop-rock that could have easily been beamed in from the same universe that gave rise to The Cars (or a looser version of The Strokes), while the album's first single, "Class Historian" - with its unstoppable "do do do do" vocal refrain is the kind of song that seems scientifically engineered to stick in your brain forever and is arguably best played loudly over a car stereo with the windows down and your long hair blowing in the breeze. Clocking in at just more than 30 minutes, the eleven tracks on the new record are a potent statement of intent: an effortless sounding rock record that dips its toe into a variety of different styles without ever succumbing to any of them. They'll be joined in Richmond by YONATAN GAT,
the new project of the ex-Monotonix guitar player of the same name. Anybody who saw Monotonix in their hayday knows how amazing of a live force it was and we anticipate his new band being just as killer. Rounding out the bill locally will be the always amazing THE MILKSTAINS and Raleigh all-lady surf-poppers DADDY ISSUES!
STRANGE MATTER T-SHIRTS EXIST! Thanks to our good buddy Will Towles for this badass artwork. Pick one up at the bar for $12.50!
Many thanks to our pal Armistead Spottswoode over at WCVE's Midnight Frights for producing this cool little spot extolling our many virtues. All you dingleberries on iPhones (or any dingleberries who can't see the embedded video) should click here.
Be sure to tune in to your Community Idea Station every Saturday at midnight for Midnight Frights.