Release Date: Sep 16, 2014
Record label: Dine Alone Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Garage Punk, Indie Rock
Ever wonder what the Beach Boys might have sounded like if they joined forces with the Ohio Express and some ‘70s glam rock group? Well, do I have the band for you! Oklahoma trio Broncho sounds pretty much exactly like that candy confection on their sophomore disc, Just Enough Hip to Be Woman. With enough lo-fi fuzziness to put cotton balls in your ears, this album is a chewy piece of bubblegum blast from start to finish. Some of the music resembles Real Estate a bit, and some of it resembles the Strokes, and some of it even makes one think of Wolf Parade – only if all three groups had more of a sense of humour and a dollop of sass.
While Oklahoma trio Broncho (the ‘ch’ is soft) aren’t taking any huge risks on their second record, they are updating their power pop sound a little. ‘Just Hip Enough To Be Woman’ matches the kind of unadulterated racket that sounds like it’s been flung together in a garage surrounded by empty cans of cheap beer with something altogether glossier. While the quartet’s reference points (Weezer, Pavement) are hardly unusual, their sound is fresh and invigorating.
BRONCHO's second album followed a period of tough music industry scuffle for the Oklahoma scruff rock trio. After one album for Fairfax Recordings, Can't Get Past the Lips, they went looking for a better home and found one with Dine Alone. Their second record, Just Enough Hip to Be Woman, captures much of the lovably dumb (in the best way) punk rock spirit of the debut, but also shows the band maturing and dialing down the rambunctious energy.
From “la-la-la” and “ooh-ooh-ooh” to “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo” and “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah”, sometimes nonsense syllables capture the improvisational joy of pop music better than proper words ever could. With the hook on their standout single “Class Historian”, Oklahoma’s BRONCHO understands the use of these non-lexical vocables better than most. The song kicks off with a rapid-fire series of falsetto-sung “doot-doot-doot”s, making for one of the most contagious melodies of the year.