BRONZE is the new band featuring Ian Menard and Charlie Davis, formerly of Detachment Kit. Menard and Davis are joined by veteran percussionist, Jess Birch, and guitarist Ian MacDermut. They are based in Brooklyn NY, and made their debut in the Spring of 2010 where they shared the stage with the likes of Free Energy, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Film School, Cloud Nothings, Dominant Legs, and Depreciation Guild. They’ve offered a self-titled EP for your listening pleasure. This EP is an excellent Friday Free Feature, because it captures all the spirit and ebullience of a Friday afternoon or early evening. It’s one of those recordings that you can play in the car when you leave work, or to listen just before heading out for the evening.
Bronze plays fun indie rock that touches on a range of influences. The opener, Horses, is solidly powered indie pop that serves its purpose by getting you to move and in the mood to listen for what’s next. Deep Freeze is a slick little indie pop number that sneaks up on you with its pulsating beat and bouncy echoing choruses. Contrary to its title, Sunny Day, is quiet and moody with airy vocals, subtle percussion and drowned out guitar, it’s probably my favorite track on the EP. Sara Lisa opens with an intro that would make New Order proud, but the track is far more edgy and rock oriented than anything the UK synth pop band ever produced. They close the EP with the Glam Rock inspired, Count to Two; a track that I’ve played repeatedly because it’s so much fun.
The guys are playing a few shows in NYC, so if you’re in town, go see them:
Jan 14Brooklyn, NY—
Jan 30New York, NY
Bronze – Horses [mp3]
Download: The Bronze EP from Bandcamp. While you are there, throw the guys a few shekels and buy one of their cool t-shirts!
Cheers and Happy Friday, y’all!