BY JOHN B. MOORE
Apparently Dave Matthews and his buddies have just discovered their inner punk rockers. ATO – the label co-owned by Matthews, his manager and a few others – has been on a signing spree recently picking up some balls out rockers including J. Roddy Walston & The Business, cowboy punks Lucero and the fellas in The Bronx (though their alter ego Mariachi El Bronx has been associated with the label since 2011). All three are stellar signings for the already impressive indie label.
On their latest, the aptly titled IV, this LA-based hardcore band turns out their most consistently solid set of songs yet; a dozen tracks of distorted guitars, machine gun drumming and throat-reddening vocals. With the punk-perfect anthem “Youth Wasted,” the album includes what is likely going to the band’s encore staple for years to come (“Sometimes the best laid plans/still ends with blood on your hands”. Come on, that’s lyrical gold right there!).
It’s been five long years since The Bronx turned out a proper album (one not involving their Mariachi counterparts) and between IV and the just-announced 20-date club tour alongside punk greats Bad Religion, they are clearly making up for lost-time.
DOWNLOAD: “Youth Wasted,” “Pilot Light” and “Ribcage” (www.atorecords.com)