On their debut EP Younger Days, the Texas Alt-rock band Bronco Simmons recalls the heyday of 90’s Alt-Rock. The songs on Younger Days rock out, but never veer into faster paced territory. Instead, they move along at an unhurried pace that give the band plenty of room to showcase the dexterity of their playing whether it’s the anchoring bass of Dom Garcia (who really shines on the EP) or the interplay between guitarists Jorge Hinojosa and Brendan Freeman. As a lead singer Hinojosa lets the music move around him, rather than push himself upfront, making the band’s choruses seem effortless rather than forced.
Highlights include the slow-burn of “Away She Goes” and the rollicking “Heavy Chandeliers”. For more info on Bronco Simmons, take a visit to their Facebook page.
Take a listen to “Heavy Chandeliers” below.
There are certain songs that are forever attached to specific memories. Whenever I hear Toadies’ “Possum Kingdom”, I’m always transported back to middle school. Whenever I hear the song’s signature guitar line, I can almost smell the stale seats of my school-bus. I was in 7th grade when this song came was popular, and almost every kid on the bus knew this song and loved to sing “Do you wanna die?” at the top of their lungs.
We all thought The Toades were fucking awesome and they would be destined to become the next Pearl Jam, or something. The kid next to me used to sometimes air-drum to the song when it came on the bus radio.
When I first got iTunes a few years ago, I decided to download “Possum Kingdom” for purely nostalgic reasons. (Before Spotify, Itunes was the only way to do this. A lot of my first purchases from the Itunes store are actually kind of embarrassing for this reason.) As I listened to it, I was kind of struck by how good the song actually was. It’s got a great hook, and a memorable guitar line. The “Do you wanna die?” section made not be as good or rewarding as I remember it, but it still works within the context of the song. Most importantly, “Possum Kingdom” doesn’t sound like Nirvana-lite. And in 1994, that’s saying something.