Thursday, December 6, 2007

The Bronx

For me, one of the more exciting bands in the past few years has been The Bronx. While the halfway point between hardcore and rock has been eternally blemished by bands like Lincoln Park and Korn, there are a few bands that do it right. At the top of the pile I put The Bronx, who manage to harness both the energy of hardcore bands like Black Flag and rock appeal of AC/DC without the cheesy metal riffs, mosh breakdowns or growled lyrics that plague alt metal bands today. The Bronx play straight up heavy hitting music that's catchy, yet hard, and they aren't afraid to mix it up with a few slower songs.

Click here to listen to Heart Attack American, their opening song to their debut LP that came out in 2003. It blows away almost any other band from this decade. In 2006 they released their second album, their major label debut on Island/Def Jam, which oddly enough was self-titled, just like their first self-released album. The second album doesn't pack quite as much of a punch, but it's still damn good. I shot these photos when the band played live at the Crocodile Cafe July 6, 2006.

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