Whether performing as their Mariachi alter egos or the original iteration of the band, authenticity has always shone through The Bronx’s work.
On the Los Angeles group’s fifth album V, Dave Hidalgo Jr’s (replacing Jorma Vik on drums) first double-kick on opener Night Drop At The Glue Factory, is an unadulterated reminder of the power the five-piece possess; it rings in your ears and continues through the succeeding, equally riotous Stranger Danger. Side Effects and album closer Kingsize create the perfect middle zone between The Bronx and their Mariachi personas – singer Matt Caughtran’s signature clean vocal receives centre stage on the record’s slower tracks. Older and wiser with a wider scope of the world around them, The Bronx have never shied away from a fight before, and V is no exception.
V is out September 22 via Cooking Vinyl.