Oct 4, 2017

The Bronx - Ottobar

By Bob Suehs

 

THE BRONX / ‘68 / PLAGUE VENDOR

10/4/17

Baltimore, Maryland

Ottobar

 

 The Bronx Set List:  Sore Throat, Heart Attack American, Rape Zombie, Unholy Hand, Shitty Future, Under The Rabbit, Glue Factory, Pilot Light, Too Many Devils, White Tar (open), Side Effects, White Guilt, Youth Wasted, Two Birds, Knife Man, 6 Days A Week, Rib Cage, Around The Horn, Stranger Danger, They Will Kill Us All, History’s

 This show took place on a Wednesday night and the first 2 bands on this bill suffered for it; the crowd did not start pouring into the venue until just before The Bronx took the stage.

 ’68 opened the show and this 2 man band features original Norma Jean/The Chariot singer Josh Scogin and drummer Michael McClellan.  The band looked like 2 guys preparing to do battle, they wore suits onstage yet acted as if they were ready to quarrel.  Musically the band is best described as glorious noise.  The drums are what holds the sound together, the guitars are tuned down and bass like while the vocals are pure screamo.  

 Plague Vendor were 2nd on the bill and their set was dark, gloomy, and intense.  The bands guitarist had to set on a chair due to his broken leg but the bands lead singer made up for it with his spastic movements which was reminiscent of Iggy Pop in parts.

 The Bronx are an unassuming, average looking band with a sound that combines hardcore, punk, hard rock, and metal.  Lead singer Matt Caughthran looks like he could have just left the skate park, his shaved head, baggy jeans, and dirty shoes make are offsetting to his insane, over the top performance as a frontman.  Matt performs the majority of the set in the mosh pit with the fans.  Matt isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty and The Bronx fans are amongst the most rabid fans in rock today!

 The guitar combination of Joby Ford and Ken Horne balance out the aggression quite well and their twin Gibson attack is a proper balance of punk and hardcore.  Ken brings a NY styled punk vibe while Joby adds the Cali punk essence.

 Bassist Brad Magers is The Bronx secret weapon, his attack, his aggression, and his drive; that’s the true backbone of The Bronx overall sound!

 The Bronx featured new drummer David Didalgo, Jr. who was previously a member of Social Distortion.  David has also played drums for Suicidal Tendencies and was a touring member of Brody Dalle’s band Spinnerette.  David’s father is the lead singer/guitarist for Los Lobos. 

 The Bronx took the stage at 10:15 PM and performed for a little over an hour.  “Youth Wasted” and “White Guilt” were highlights of the set; the guitar lick in “White Guilt” was influenced by early 70’s rock and is reminiscent of The Rolling Stones.

 Bronx singer Matt thanked the crowd for allowing the band to do what they do for so many years, he thanked the crowd for allowing the band to play music for a living.  The Bronx are a band that lives by the motto, “by the people, for the people” because the only thing that separates The Bronx from their fans is that stage.