After forming between Tulsa and Norman in 2010, BRONCHO has become one of the largest garage-rock acts in the nation. Between touring with Queens of the Stone Age, selling out venue after venue, releasing four studio albums and countless other massive accomplishments, the band's momentum shows no signs of slowing. Frontman Ryan Lindsey found time to sit down and discuss BRONCHO's beginnings in Oklahoma, the band's sound developing over the years, and their upcoming hometown Valentine's Day show at The Vanguard.
Could you tell me about getting your start in Oklahoma and growing out from here. We started out in Norman, kind of, but there was always at least two of us in Tulsa at all times. Still is! Starting out here makes a lot of sense because we’re centrally located. It's just as easy, or hard, to get everywhere.
We started out playing Tulsa. And then we started playing St. Louis, and then KC, and then Dallas. Then Austin and Chicago and, eventually, LA and New York. We just slowly made our way further and further. And now I stay here because I want to come home after going everywhere else.
Is there one thing you always do when you're back: visit a favorite restaurant, bar, coffee shop or anything like that? When I get to come home, I want to stay at home all the time for a period of time. And then eventually there comes a moment where I want to get out there and see what's going on out there. And then I hopefully get into a healthy balance of staying in and out. I’m currently at staying in mode, and it feels so good!
Could you tell me how you developed your art-school-drop-out-punk sound? It's very unique compared to any other band coming from this region, or anywhere really. I appreciate you labeling us that because art school sounds like fun and being labeled fun feels so good. I'm not sure how we are different from other bands around here or out there but I know historically we have tried to make both music and artistic decisions in the moment. Keeping things in the moment has the potential to make things feel good.
You have seamlessly switched from catchy pop to melancholy new-wave to diy punk to grunge time and time again. On the other hand, most bands struggle with pulling themselves out of a rut where everything comes out sounding the same. Do you have any advice to bands having problems with breaking out of their typical sound? If any band out there feels like they need to get out of where they’re currently at then I would say try listening to different music. Maybe things will change. You can do whatever you want, if you want to. And next time you might want to do it differently. We might make all our records differently if we did them now, but I know we made decisions back then because they felt good.
You guys have seen monstrous success, what has been the biggest moment for the band in your opinion? The hardest moment for me to ever believe is when we've finished a record. Every time we finish a record I can’t believe it. It seems so impossible at times. And then inevitable at other times. And then that goes back and forth until out of nowhere, we're done. And I can’t believe it!
Are you looking forward to your show at The Vanguard on Valentine's Day? Is there a different feeling when you play a home state show? Yeah I can’t wait to play the Vanguard! I love playing everywhere but it is real cozy knowing I get to go home after. But for real though, I'm pumped to play Tulsa always, and always will.