Interview: Ryan Lindsey of BRONCHO

By on Tuesday, 6th September 2016 at 11:00 am
 

BRONCHO is a real party animal. He can’t be stopped sometimes. Sometimes it’s too hard to get his attention. Sometimes it’s too easy. Sometimes I’m not sure what he’s talking about, and sometimes you’re not either, right?” Thus begins our strange q&a with the Oklahoman band’s frontman Ryan Lindsey. “BRONCHO also seems to care about the people. He seems to be a real people person. A man of integrity. A promise keeper. A secret keeper. He always keeps secrets. Tell him one, and find out for yourself.” Enigmatic, yet enlightening. You see what sort of frustrating entity we’re dealing with here. Is BRONCHO friend or foe? Ally or enemy? Keep reading and find out.

As mentioned in my album review of their newest work ‘Double Vanity’, BRONCHO was born from a film project, when Lindsey was asked to compose music to an ‘80’s inspired punk film. The concept of visualisation has remained a constant for Lindsey, no matter what he’s up to: “I write in all the same ways. I think visually a lot when I write. Whether it’s for a project, or if the project is BRONCHO. I like to write songs with a visual in mind. Sometimes that visual turns into a video idea or ultimately a video.”

“I wanted the record to be a discovery process [for the listener]”, says Lindsey about ‘Double Vanity’. “I know it might take a minute for some people, but I like that. Some of my favourite records are records that I didn’t get the first time”. When asked about the reason for this and if there was a change in direction when writing the album he simply replied, “these songs made the most sense when they were slow. Keeping the songs slow left a lot of open space, so we added a lot of reverb to take up some space. That felt the most natural to me. Reverb is very dreamy, and I do love dreams”. You just imagine Ryan Lindsey smiling like a Cheshire cat saying those words. He is proving almost as enigmatic as BRONCHO.

Thankfully, the band was open-minded towards the recording and production of their new material, which appears to have reined in any fanciful notions on Lindsey’s part. “The way we recorded ‘Double Vanity’ was different than the previous two records. And those two were different from each other. I have a big imagination, so that finds its way into the process too.” Over the years, the band have undergone a few line-up changes, first losing original bassist Jonathon Ford, which led to the addition of Penny Pitchlynn (bass) and Mandii Larson (guitar). When asked how if at all has the changing line-up affected the music, Lindsey replies that this hasn’t fazed him one bit. “It hasn’t really affected the music. Just makes the hang on the road a lot more fun”. Make of that what you will.

If you’re a fan of BRONCHO, you know that they have quite an eclectic discography. Despite only being active since 2012, they have already released three studio albums each more diverse and forward thinking than the last. Album number two ‘Just Enough Hip to be Woman’ is their most commercially successful. Their songs ‘It’s On’ and ‘Class Historian’ were used in the soundtracks of HBO series, advertisements and Hollywood films, propelling the band to the mainstream. “I want everything I work on to be successful”, Lindsey says with bold, unfettered ambition. “I think that last record [‘Just Enough Hip To Be Woman’] made more sense to a larger audience. It wasn’t the plan or goal for that to happen. Our goal is always to be happy with what we do”. As if to prove there’s more to him than being seriously, Lindsey adds light-heartedly, “Or if we’re not happy about it, to at least get a few drinks in. Best case scenario, we are happy and get a few drinks in”.

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Perhaps the Oklahoman five-piece will do just that when they come to the UK at the end of September. As the days draw closer, Lindsey can’t help but express his excitement: “I can’t wait to get to the UK! We love playing the UK, I think I’m supposed to live in the UK. I’ve always felt that”. Given they are currently finishing an extensive European tour, they may not be top of their game, but Lindsey is confident they won’t be flagging. “We won’t be too tired. Or maybe we will, but we won’t let that get in the way!”

Bring it on, BRONCHO. Be sure to get your tickets for one (or more) of the many dates on their UK tour starting later this month; you can find all the dates here. BRONCHO’s third and most recent studio album ‘Double Vanity’ is available now on Dine Alone Records. For more on BRONCHO on TGTF, go here.

Editor of TGTF Mary Chang contributed to this feature.

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