Oklahoma rockers approach 'Bad Behavior' with an open mind

Broncho singer/guitarist Ryan Lindsey often thinks about a particular day he spent with his grandmother.

“I remember at one point someone asking me what I was up to, and I was trying to figure out what to say, because I wasn't really doing anything. And [my grandma] stepped in front and said, ‘He's collecting,'” Lindsey said recently by phone. “I've always held onto that. It gave me an answer.”

That answer frames the way Lindsey thinks about Broncho's new album, Bad Behavior. “The record is a collection of everything that's been going through our world, whether it's politics or local news or national news,” he said.

Part of that collection process happened in front of the television. “I would [watch] Rachel Maddow, and then CNN. There were a lot of things going on. It was sensory overload with a lot of politics and entertainment. Everyone is throwing their opinion around, and that's pretty fun to listen to,” he said. “But any time you do too much of one thing you get numb to it.”

Live TV provided plenty of opportunities for the Tulsa, Oklahoma-based bandleader to interrogate the idea of bad behavior. “It sounded fun to talk about bad stuff. And some stuff, who knows if it's really that bad? And what are we talking about? It's maybe more about perspective and being submissive than being bad,” he said. “We try to keep our hands as legally clean as possible when talking about any particular subject. I like being more of a reporter on stuff than an editor or a columnist. … The more people I meet who come from a different place, the more I can see at least why people do certain things, rather than necessarily concluding that it's good or bad.”

In that way, the songs on Bad Behavior, one of Broncho's more sonically streamlined rock records, are never just one thing. Lindsey sees them not just as multidimensional, but interdimensional. “I like how songs can talk about multiple things and cruise through other dimensions,” he said. “I think songs can really travel through time like that. … I love sci-fi.”