Staff Pick: Broncho makes rock ’n’ roll fun again

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From the November 7, 2013 edition

Broncho’s Can’t Get Past the Lips comes across like the kind of album the kids at Rock ’n’ Roll High School would have been blasting while knocking back a few beers underneath the bleachers. The Oklahoma City punks’ tunes are universally raw and ragged, and are played with a youthful exuberance that’s damned near impossible to resist.

Songs touch on classic teenage themes of alienation (“I Don’t Really Want to Be Social”), fighting for the girl (“Pick a Fight”) and challenging those in authority, be it parents or the police (“Losers”). Even so, nothing here gets too heavy; these are songs to bound along to, not to get bogged down in. Consider this the soundtrack to your next rowdy night on the town.

Vikesh and The Wind and the Sea open the show.