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Albums Of The Week: The Bronx | The Bronx VI

The L.A. vets bring the big rock once again — along with a dash of lighter fare.

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “L.A. rockers The Bronx return with their sixth studio album Bronx VI — a disc that builds on their nearly two-decade legacy while proving the door to what’s next has not just been kicked down, but chopped up and burned to a cinder.

The first four tracks — White Shadow, Superbloom, Watering The Well and Curb Feelers — bristles with the wild and untamed energy that’s defined the band from the off. But then — all of a sudden, as Peace Pipe kicks in — the pace and mood shifts to something a little less aggressive. Elsewhere, Mexican Summer and its (relatively) chilled-out mariachi vibes serve as an homage to the band’s alter-ego Mariachi El Bronx (and was written while that incarnation of the band was on tour), while fatalistic closer Participation Trophy masks singer Matt Caughthran’s existential dread behind searing riffs and a catchy, defiant and exuberant melody.

“The feelings I got when writing for this sixth record is the same type of feeling I got writing Heart Attack American,” he says. “It all comes from the same place and it’s all still 100% genuine and real. Believe me — I’m still feeling the raw emotion that I felt when this band first started. That’s just who I am, that’s who we are as people. You can’t fake stuff like that when it comes to music or art. You have to stay connected. You’ve just got to be real.” Bronx VI was produced by Joe Baressi (Melvins, Tool, Bad Religion).”

Photo by Mike Miller.