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Album Review

Following up their fiery 2003 debut, the Bronx return with their second self-titled effort. Whereas that album was an unexpected punch to the gut with its hungry hardcore punk delivery, on this set the Los Angeles outfit seems to have softened just a touch. Veteran producer Michael Beinhorn (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Korn, Mew) joins the Bronx in concocting an almost alt-metal sound; such a huge change makes it hard to digest. Imagining a polished version of Queens of the Stone Age meets Social Distortion is where the Bronx stand here. The rage, the passion, and the disgust for cultural norms seem a bit forced this time, but the album starts out strong with ferocious songs such as "Small Stone" and "Shi**y Future." "Dirty Leaves" and "Around the Horn," however, are broken by anxious choruses and layered harmonies, making the Bronx's overall sound come off a bit directionless. [Island released the CD in 2006.]

Biography

Formed: 2002 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

The Bronx's swaggering interpretation of hardcore punk found them a quick audience in Los Angeles, where guitarist Joby J. Ford, bassist James Tweedy, vocalist Matt Caughthran, and drummer Jorma Vik founded the band in 2002. Known for a blistering live show, the quintet attracted attention from major labels after only a handful of performances. An offer from Island/Def Jam materialized after the Bronx's 12th gig, but the band decided to issue several recordings on its own label, White Drugs, before...
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