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Five years since their last eponymous release as The Bronx, these hardcore veterans stick to their guns but find that there’s a lot lost after a ten year career. As these LA punkers developed and grew into heavyweights of the scene, they pleasantly surprised everyone with the quaint tunes of their Mariachi side project, and as they return to the main dish they remain strong, but not spectacular.

After taking a self-imposed hiatus to pursue their passion for mariachi music, the hardcore punk band The Bronx is back with their first new release in more than five years. The eagerly-anticipated record, The Bronx (IV), is due in stores on February 5th and the group will be embarking on a tour of the UK shortly thereafter. Drummer Jorma Vik spoke with me recently about the band and the release; here is what he had to say.

Garage punk with a hardcore groove? I think that’s the best I’m going to do at shallowly pinning down the overall sound of this record – or any other full-length from The Bronx thus far, for that matter. The Bronx has always done well by combining the swagger of good punk rock with some of the gutsier vocals and bridges from straight-up hardcore and driving guitar riffs from decades-old rock ‘n roll. This record is no exception. Matty Caughthran’s got one of the biggest voices in punk rock, as both his fans and peers will certainly attest. He puts it to good use throughout this record, maintaining the all-too-important balance between melodic and mean.