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The Bronx, ‘The Bronx’ (White Drugs/Ferret)

Sean Richardson // October 2, 2003

The Bronx aren’t from New York, and even though their debut full-length is distributed by metal-core label Ferret, they’re not the next Ozzfest buzz band, either. They are, however, a fine young maximum-punk outfit who, like Hot Snakes, get their ecstatic tempos from garage rock and their noisy edge from hardcore. Seven of these raucous tracks were produced by former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke, who checks his commercial instincts and ratchets up the sleaze. Frontman Matt Caughthran starts the album with a bloodcurdling scream on “Heart Attack American,” and before long he’s leading a defiant sing-along about quitting both his girl and his job. With the chorus to the dissonant doper anthem “Strobe Life,” he neatly sums up the new punk depravity: “I never want to run out.”

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