Broncho at Larimer Lounge, 8/27/13
BRONCHO @ LARIMER LOUNGE | 8/27/13
Broncho hit the stage last night like a great, long lost band from several eras. With its catchy melodies, and its infectious exuberance and aggression, Broncho recalled the Buzzcocks by way of the Stooges, except the guitar sweep and atmospherics were more like some psychedelic '60s garage band playing riffs more grounded in '90s noise rock.
Frontman Ryan Lindsey sang with a calm, cool confidence but he also let loose with fiery yelps and during the instrumental passages, and he leapt in the air to rhythms and dynamics provided by drummer Nathan Price and bassist Johnathon Ford. Guitarist Ben King seemed to synch perfectly together with Lindsey to create interlocking, searing leads and a vivid, sometimes contrasting, tonal layer.
Tom Murphy BRONCHO at Larimer Lounge
Playing eight tracks from its excellent 2011 debut Can't Get Past the Lips, along with five newer songs, Broncho proved itself capable of writing songs that are strong, defiant and tender. The way the band played the music hit with the force and visceral quality of a punk band but it never quite came off as abrasive. Seamlessly amalgamating proto-punk, post-punk, punk and garage rock, Broncho brought a high level of energy to the stage while exuding a quiet confidence.
The band really got the crowd going with "Try Me Out Sometime." It was especially impressive that the crowd was so engaged considering how little interaction the band had with the crowd. At one point, Lindsey pointed out that Denver was going to be the next capital and made mention of the artwork at DIA. Curtis Wallach from Dudebabes said something about how it was a weird airport to which Lindsey remarked, "Conspiracy weird." Other than this exchange, Broncho didn't interact much with the crowd and instead left it to the music to inspire folks to movement both inwardly and outwardly. At the end of the show, a woman said, "I think I'm going to cry."
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Earlier in the night, Dudebabes, kind of cross-dressing punk band, got things going. The outfit blurred the lines in other ways with Ned Garthe of Hindershot "playing" the exercise bike by riding it shirtless and wearing only shorts and socks and shoes. Seth and Spencer Stone played guitar and drums, while Curtis Wallach played an electric banjo crafted by John Rumley and ran it through a Boss Metal Zone pedal.
Suzanne Magnuson fronted the band in full '70s rock star singer regalia, including moustache and sunglasses. The originals were actually fun, but not fully a vehicle for the concept. But when Magnuson announced the band was going to play "Dude Looks Like A Lady" and said it was "an original," you had to laugh and applaud the audacity of peddling a joke that bad without breaking character. Magnuson offered an amusing anecdote about an annoying experience playing with Speedwolf, and it only got funnier when that band's frontman Reed Bruemmer came to the show later.