The world is in the midst of an electronic music renaissance, and you find most of this boon of producers laying claim to the club-friendly, bass-dropping variety, holing up in the the free-flowing world of hip-hop beatmaking or pitching their tent on the out-there, boundary-pushing EDM camp.
Broncho has never been hurting in the hook department. The success of the trio’s 2011 debut, Can’t Get Past the Lips, was predicated mostly on its ability to marry melodies with kinetic guitar riffs and anarchic energy. Yet we’ve heard nothing to the degree of pure pop catchiness on display in “Class Historian,” the new single from Broncho’s upcoming sophomore album, Just Enough Hip to Be Woman.
No one wants to be forgotten; everyone wants some sort of legacy, a mark they leave behind as they exit this life for whatever lies beyond.
And for as long as there has been death, there have been monuments — whether austere or understated, abstract or concrete, prominent or tucked away in private — erected by the ones they loved to assure that remembrance, at least for a time.
Some of the best albums and artists were born out of happy accidents owed to varying degrees of early suckage — the perfect note or chord for a song found by missing the one you are aiming for, failed mimicry of an idol bearing something entirely new and great instead.
Having covered Pryor’s Rocklahoma for certain competing publications in the past, I am both highly aware of and terrified by the sort of person who eagerly attends the festival, which is sort of an amalgamation of sweaty, cock-rocking big-billers of the past with the most vulgar alt-rockers of the more recent past and more modern rockers who aren’t quite pretty enough to get on the Warped Tour.
That said, here’s this year’s lineup, announced at 8 a.m. today. Note that The Darkness (yes, thatThe Darkness) is included in the May 25-27 bill. Road trip, to northeast Oklahoma, anybody?
• Rob Zombie • Chickenfoot featuring Joe Satriani, Kenny Aronoff, Michael Anthony and Sammy Hagar • Creed • Megadeth • Slash • Queensrÿche • Chevelle • Theory of a Deadman • Jackyl • Puddle of Mudd • Hellyeah • P.O.D. • Volbeat • 10 Years • Cavo • Adelitas Way • Black Stone Cherry • Pop Evil • Red • The Darkness • Art of Dying • Trivium • Aranda • Redlight King • James Durbin • Janus • New Medicine • Rival Sons • Anti-Mortem • Gypsy Pistoleros • Wildstreet • Firstryke • Black Tora • Sunset Riot • The Glitter Boys • Fist of Rage • Switchblade Scarlett • Krank • and more