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Interview:
Punk Rockers Don't Need Album Titles
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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The Bronx’s third album, due out Nov. 11, is called “The Bronx” — just like the other two before it.

Clearly the Los Angeles punk rockers don’t spend a lot of time thinking up titles.

“Joby (J. Ford, the group’s guitarist) is a great graphic designer, and we let him dictate the vibe of the record with his artwork instead of coming up with a title for it,” explains frontman Matt Caughthran, who co-founded the group in 2002. “At this point, if we can not do (a title) ever, that would be great. I enjoy it.

“But if the time comes when it’s absolutely a necessity to do it, maybe we’ll have to come up with something. Right now, though, I don’t think it’s really necessary.”

That may seem irreverent, but then again this is a group from the West Coast that named itself after a New York City borough and that has a mariachi album set to drop in 2009.

“The goal of the band is to always try to do things differently and to try to challenge ourselves creatively and visually,” Caughthran, 29, says. “So when it came to the name, it just kind of made sense doing things opposite — being from L.A. and calling ourselves the Bronx just seemed right.

“I love the way it sounds. Visually it looks good. And I love the way it fits in your head. It keeps you guessing, and that’s what we like to do.”



The Bronx performs Monday (Oct. 13) at the Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12. Call (313) 833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.

Web Site: www.majesticdetroit.com

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