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      November 11, 2019

      Monday   8:30 PM

      2501 Kettner Boulevard
      San Diego, California 92101


      with Boyo, Rinse & Repeat
      Blasted grassland, the thin ribbon line of the freewayunspooling beneath wheels, skies stretched widebetween mountaintop. It is dream music, foggy,atmospheric, the melodies you hear while you gazingout through fingerprint smeared windows into aconstantly moving, metamorphing - landscape.It makes sense then, that BRONCHO, born out of out afilm project, its initial incarnation sparked whenfounder Ryan Lindsey was asked to create music, toset to an early 80s punk film. Thats all I knew aboutit, he remembers, they were looking for songs thattouched this era. And songs kept coming to me andturned something on inside of me artistically. Lindseyfound himself in the midst of prolific run of songs andhe liked the idea of starting out there and seeingwhere it could go.Whats evolved from those first tracks there has been asteady run of success, critical accolades and two fulllengthalbums; 2011s Can't Get Past the Lips,2014s Just Enough Hip to Be Woman. And beneath it all the music has been constantly mutating andceaselessly experimental. From that first inception as asoundtrack in 2010, BRONCHO has taken on a life of its'own initial inspiration still there, but now pushing farbeyond the stiff confines of score. And what began asan ode to ramshackle, high-energy early punk hasbecome something deeper, weirder, and much morenuanced. The undercurrent of early 1980 punk is stillthere, but The Ramones pogo has been replaced moreoften by a kind of Love and Rockets inspired, honeyed,cotton-mouthed drift.Double Vanity is Lindsey and band mates Ben King,Nathan Price and Penny Pitchlynn steadily movingahead, transforming the raw angst of the first recordinto a sound decidedly more layered andcomplex. Tracks like New Karma" or Two Step" riff offthe later explorations of punk, culling up refractedimages of John Hughes prom nights, love songs echoingfrom a boom box held high. "Jenny Loves Jenae" and"Speed Demon" strut with an when 80s met 50s swagger,discord transformed into a jagged, frenetic pop."Seora Borealis" is all bad boy sneer - sensual, moody,with a sly and predatory swagger. "I Know You" issimultaneously infectious and brooding, somehow bothexalting and heartsick.The result is a record that veers gleefully fromBRONCHOs roots, moving from graffiti spray backroomsinto a sleeker, plusher sound, a place bright with thepolished gleam of chrome and bleached whitesunlight. Close your eyes and what you feel is the rawwound pulse of adolescence, what you see behind yourlids is suburban shopping mall wastelands, glazed eyes,dead grass, lips glossed in bubblegum pink. There is theburst chest thump of teenage longing, the smell ofhairspray and cigarette. There is glow of neon and theglint of streetlight rolling across hood.Double Vanity evokes a shared nostalgia, for the pastand for the unknown future, as BRONCHO takes a turnoff the wide freeways and into a world of intimate,intricate - but always universal - emotion.

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