If you’re a fan of LA punk rock icons The Bronx, you may have noticed that they have been steadily touring Australia at least once a year for the past few years.
If you’re really an avid fan, you may have even noticed that each tour has perfectly aligned with the month of October, usually concluding with a Halloween show.
Well, I am here to inform you, that has been an accident… but this years regional tour, you better believe that’s in October for a reason.
“It’s Bronxtober man,” laughs the groups lead vocalist Matt Caughthran. “It just seems like such a magical time for us to be down there. The last two years it was actually by accident but the geniuses we are, the light bulb finally went off and we thought ‘hey, October is a pretty righteous time to be in Australia, so why don’t we make it an annual thing,’ and if we get to do a Halloween show every year that’s pretty killer.
“That was kind of the plan for booking the shows around these dates,” he continue. “We have always wanted to do regional Australian shows for years now so it is kind of a culmination of a couple of ideas and a couple of years in the making.”
When asked why the Bronx chose to do a regional tour upon their return to Australia, Caughthran gives a simple answer: “I just think that it’s fun.”
“Why come over and do the same shit every time? And that’s not me having anything against the major cities because they already know that we love them and the shows are always great, but it’s more so, what can do we different? How can we do more? We just want to bring a little bit of chaos to town. No security, no barriers, no problems.”
Touring off the bat of their most recent release V (which fits in nicely among the bands previous four eponymous titled albums), Caughthran explains that their upcoming tour isn’t quite an album tour for V.
“We are going to be hittin’ every record,” he says. “The Bronx [the bands first album] turns 15 this year so we’ve got some old songs off the first record that we haven’t played in a while and then we will also be playing songs off The Bronx 2, 3 and 4, as well as 5.
“It’s going to be a magical evening man. I was putting together some set lists yesterday and just trying to get things ready and it’s going to be pretty crazy. There is one song on there from Bronx 2 called ‘Three Dead Sisters’ that we haven’t played in easily 10 years. I don’t even know how it’s going to sound, but we are going to give it a try because it’s a ripper song and we like to surprise the fans a bit.”
Bringing along Aussie legends High Tension (who toured with the band in support of IV) and up and comers Private Function, the regional shows are bound to get pretty crazy and Caughthran is pretty bloody excited.
“High Tension are awesome. We loved those guys and gals last time so I can’t wait to catch up with them and I’m really keen to see Private Function; I think it’ll be a killer bill that’ll be an awesome show. We are looking forward to partying with all those guys as well as all the fans down under!”
When & Where: Karova Lounge, Ballarat – October 29 & The Barwon Club, Geelong – October 30.
Written by Alex Callan