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The Bronx
White Drugs

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
With their feverish punk rock, The Bronx (based out of Los Angeles), tear the walls down and let the jagged debris crash down on you. The vocals attack you on all sides while the drums beat you to a pulp. These violent boys are looking for an artery, and won't stop until they bleed you dry.

Imagine a motorcycle, a loud one like a Harley. Now imagine a big burley biker on that Harley with a tall boy in one hand and a fender guitar in the other. Now picture that same biker with the guitar and the beer with vampire teeth and a maniacal look in his eye. He's on the streets looking for blood and the look on his face tells you he ain't gonna stop until he finds it. That is the image that The Bronx paints. It's ferocious Rock and Roll, unrelenting to the point of insanity.

There is a definite homage to Rocket From the Crypt felt throughout The Bronx. The powerful combination of heavy drums and loud guitar in songs like White Tar, with the chorus- "We got cancer looking for the answer" is a constant on this album. The music is intense and the song titles prove they can keep a sense of humor while musically kicking you in the face.

As far as the sound is concerned, there is not really anything groundbreaking with this album, but the raw power of the whole thing is something to admire. The Bronx have the energy of a Les Savy Fav show crossed with the power of the Explosion to back it up. Like the cover-art suggests, they have a thirst for blood, but I think it will sooner come out of your ears than your mouth. The Bronx are loud. The opening track, "Heart Attack American," begins with an AC/DC on speed guitar riff and scream of "Yeeaaahh" like you wouldn't believe.

These 4 boys aren't afraid to make mistakes. In the studio they recorded sans headphones, all in the same space at the same time and it only makes the album that much more powerful. It says they stuck with a 3-take rule, using the best of 3 recorded takes, and using my critically trained listeners' ear, I can't find one discernable mistake on the entire album that would serve to stop the momentum of The Bronx. Track after track each song sounds just as powerful, if not more so, than its predecessor.

The Bronx hit you like Andrew WK, but they don't ask you to party- they force the party out of you. The album comes with a cardboard spray paint stencil of the band's name, and I won't be surprised if I see that name adorning the buildings and dumpsters of my city in the near future.

Reviewed by Bob Ladewig
Having been introduced to good music by his sister in the early years, Bob Ladewig has been searching out all the best in indie music ever since. He also rides a skateboard and performs/directs comedy shows and, like all great men, he\'s afraid of really growing up.

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