Bad Weather California, Broncho

PopGun Presents

Bad Weather California


Strange Shapes

Aug 08

Doors: 8:30 pm / Show: 8:30 pm


This event is 21 and over

Bad Weather California
Bad Weather California
This is American music. Drawing on (perhaps channeling?) The Velvet Underground and Post Beatles era John Lennon, Bad Weather California is both timeless and classic while somehow being, simultaneously, forward thinking and modern. They have been around – as in around the country – countless times; touring the United States, Canada and Mexico, calling broken tour vans and random living room sofas home.

Since their first tour with Leeds UK's Boyracer to the Dave Longstreth (The Dirty Projectors) jaunts to the Thanksgiving west coast rips to the epic voyages with Wolf Colonel, Bad Weather California have shared bills with Doug Martsch (Built to Spill), The Microphones, Scout Nibblete, The Mountain Goats, Little Wings, Mirah, David Dondero, CEX, The Blow… Fuck it. You get the picture.

Most recently the Bad Weather California live experience has been compared to The Flaming Lips, The Band, Bob Dylan (Blond on Blond era). Adolf has been critically praised as a lyricist. But he has a different take on the process.

"Writing songs, or rather letting songs write themselves, has led me down an organic path of self, perhaps even spiritual discovery and creativity. I'm not unique in this. It's just that I have chosen to share my path through the things that I make. Here's my vibe: I just want to be a regular dude playing music for regular people. I am not special."
"Perhaps the best debut album of 2011 came by way of BRONCHO, a garage-punk quartet from Norman, Okla. Frontman Ryan Lindsey is better known as the keyboardist for the Starlight Mints, but this side project has been touring the Midwest since early 2010. Can't Get Past the Lips hit stores this August, and "Try Me Out Sometime" was an instant standout. It's not a complex song, by any means, and the simplicity is fantastic because the execution is so strong. Three chords are plenty enough backdrop for Lindsey to yelp out the hooks. Watch the excellent music video, in which the band barges into unsuspecting, unlikely venues — stores, major intersections, a college classroom — and performs increasingly disastrous versions of the song before darting out. BRONCHO has never played a show outside a narrow corridor from Austin to Chicago, so coast-dwellers will have to cross their fingers for that to change soon." --NPR Music

Harkening back to punk rock's glory days of the 70s, Oklahoma outfit Broncho captures the aggression, DIY authenticity and youthful exhilaration of a bygone era and then drags it by the hair into the Here and Now, creating a fresh sound that's unlike anything being played today. With echoes of The Replacements, Iggy and the Stooges and The Ramones, Broncho's exuberant ten song debut Can't Get Past the Lips is a blisteringly cathartic 20 minute flash of gritty, crunching guitar work supported by an assaultive rhythm section and made whole by songwriter Ryan Lindsey's aggressive, yelping vocal work.

Lindsey's vocals and guitar are supported by Johnathon Ford (bass), Ben King (guitar) and Nathan Price (drums). The project began as an off-the-cuff recording session for Lindsey (who also plays keys for Starlight Mints, in addition to performing as a solo artist). He quickly laid down early versions "Pick a Fight" and "Losers" with the assistance of King (Cheyenne) and Price (Native Lights), and then sent them to Ford (Unwed Sailor), asking for feedback. Ford loved the songs so much that he suggested they begin playing shows as a band.

"The next thing I knew, Johnathon had a show booked in Tulsa," Lindsey says.

That first show, a manic, ultra-lean showcase of six songs that clocked in at less than 15 minutes, occurred in February of 2010, since then the band has performed in Chicago, Austin, Dallas, St. Louis, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, etc, and has released their debut album, Can't Get Past The Lips to international acclaim.

The collective talent and cumulative experience of all involved with Broncho has resulted in an album that, for all its dirty-dishwater punk roots, is a masterwork of garage/pop simplicity. Speaking of the band's reference points, Lindsey says "We all love the way those records sound so we naturally went in that direction, as far as fidelity goes. But more than anything, it's the attitude of an era that I wasn't around for, but feel a connection with. We didn't set out to recreate a record from that era, we just took on that message and made it our own."
Strange Shapes
Strange Shapes was formed in Brooklyn, New York in 2009.

The band has release a number of singles and one EP. Their EP "Star Chart" was release in Japan in 2011 through Rallye Label.

They are currently writing and recording their first full-length album to be completed by the end of the year.
Venue Information:
Glasslands Gallery
289 Kent Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11249