Johnny Brenda's Presents


Valen, Straw Hats

Fri, May 11, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$13.00 - $15.00

This event is 21 and over

All shows are 21+ Proper I.D. required for admission

Broncho - (Set time: 11:00 PM)
Stick your head out the window and sniff the air: there’s a blizzard of badness brewing, and it’s not blowing over
anytime soon. Sure, the political leaders, bullies, and other villains of various venoms are dominating the headlines,
but these days the list of troublemakers extends well beyond the usual suspects.
From their home base in the Heartland, Tulsa, Oklahoma’s BRONCHO have a unique vantage point from which to
survey the sins. Churning out thoughtful, nuanced rock and roll with an art school spirit and a punk rock heart since
2010, the band’s fourth album, Bad Behavior, finds them leaning into their strengths for their strongest effort yet.
Following the catchy, playful vibe of previous albums Can’t Get Past the Lips (2011) and Just Enough Hip to Be
Woman (2014), as well as the deliberate sonic intent of 2016’s sludgy, moodier art piece Double Vanity, the new
record reveals BRONCHO’s fly-on-the-crumbling-wall vision of our moral climate, complete with a reenergized,
accessible sound and the charmingly sardonic, smiling-while-sneering delivery of singer and bandleader Ryan
“It’s a reflection of the current world: everybody’s been acting badly over the last few years so we made a record
about it,” Lindsey says. “There are multiple ways of portraying something as ‘bad,’ and there are moments of selfreflection
throughout the record as though we could be talking about ourselves—but not necessarily. It’s
observational, like we’re looking through muddy binoculars from a distance. It’s a blurry mirror image of the times
from where we sit.”
Lindsey (vocals/guitar) and the band—Nathan Price (drums), Ben King (guitar), and Penny Pitchlynn (bass)—are a
tight unit who have seen their songs featured at influential TV and radio and have toured the U.S. and Europe,
including arenas with the likes of Queens of the Stone Age, The Growlers, Portugal.The Man, and Cage The
Elephant. In the gritty warehouse district of Downtown Tulsa they have carved out a physical place for themselves,
an industrial blank space where BRONCHO can experiment with sounds, performance, visuals, and more. It’s where
they recorded Bad Behavior with producer Chad Copelin in the first half of 2018, a controlled process that allowed
them to work at their own pace and by their own standards, almost like a secret club.
Bad Behavior slinks and purrs with a sense of lascivious flirtation. Lindsey sings with a mischievous twinkle in his
voice, peppering his verses with suggestive uh-ohs and ahhs and at times barely pushing out his words to the point
of whispering. Lines like “You caught me in the weekend/You caught me with your boyfriend” (“Weekend”) and “I
got a thing for your mother/I got a thing to teach your father” (“Family Values”) match the primal pulse of the
songs’ moods and vibes, and their pop sensibilities create a world where T. Rex, Tom Petty, The Cars, and The
Strokes collide. “Keep It in Line” chimes along to a driving, pepped-up beat and serves as both the album’s catchiest
moment and its closest swerve toward ethical commentary, as Lindsey’s narrator demands to be reminded of his
place in the world while attempting to submit to his misgivings. The result is less an act of penance and more of
honest reproach, an ultimate judgment that is matched in its directness only by the following track, “Sandman,” an
overt yearning for pleasure that Lindsey calls the band’s answer to The Chordettes classic “Mr. Sandman.”
The record is filled with references to religion, sin, drugs, vice, and scandal bubbling just under the surface. It’s a
palette familiar to anyone who has ever turned on the evening news, which Lindsey admits was a huge influence on
him. “Through the writing process I watched a lot of CNN, and man there’s a lot of bad behavior there,” he says.
“Not to mention that there’s a company making money off of people watching their depiction of it all. From an
entertainer’s standpoint I get what they’re doing, calling everything ‘breaking news’ and keeping people glued, but
taking up that kind of space can’t be good for society. Although it’s pretty fun to watch.”
Can all this unsavory activity exist without taking sides? Lindsey holds tight to his role as a relayer and is
comfortable with leaving it to the audience to cast their own lot. “We’re assuming that everybody is coming from a
certain set of values, but ultimately that’s impossible,” he says. “There’s a lot of people who think a certain way
about the world and aren’t as shocked by these things. Maybe we’re simply trying to start the conversation. The best
news is just a report of what’s going on, without bias. This record is a non-biased, non-profit reporting on what’s
going on in the world. Part of it’s an exploration in solving those problems, on a personal level and ultimately on a
cultural level.”
Bad Behavior represents a picture of a band that have crushed their own commercial expectations and are doing
what they want to do at their own pace. They’ve cleaned the slate and quietly made a return with urgent, bonafide
pop songs. If you want to catch a whiff of Bad Behavior, simply stick your head out the window and breathe.
Valen - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
Valen is a singer/songwriter newly settled in Los Angeles and you can consider “I’ll Be Waiting for You” her showstopping official introduction. It’s a hazy slow-burning heartbreaker of a song, with 80s pop hooks drifting through up-close-and-personal bedroom-style production, and that makes the video by Growlers-embedded director/cinematographer/videographer Taylor Bonin and producer Danny Rose especially fitting. See for yourself—Valen might be singing into her mirror, or she might be singing right to you.
Straw Hats - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Straw Hats
From the sticks to the city, STRAW HATS rummaged the streets of Philadelphia finding one complete drum set, bass rig (with bass), and guitar rig (with guitar). Soon after, these three young vigilantes turned in their lives of nighttime crime fighting for music and more chances of social interactions/brighter future filled with melody and attitude. Hopefully that picture is in the right res you need...just let me know if not.
Venue Information:
Johnny Brenda's
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125