Broncho’s Psych-Pop Innuendo Is Stronger Than Ever on “Sandman”
A little over a year ago, Broncho released “Get in My Car,” a sunny summer driving song that’s also the Oklahoma band’s take on a well-worn musical metaphor about cars and sex: “I like to go fast, I like to go far.” As it turns out, “Get in My Car” was the advance warning for a new album, Bad Behavior, and last week’s two new singles could make the first one blush. “I need your love and I need an open hand,” frontman Ryan Lindsey sings on “Boys Got to Go,” a typically Broncho swirl of psych-pop sludge. “Kick him out,” the refrain goes, though in Lindsey’s thick-tongued diction it sounds more like “kinky.”
Most irresistible of the bunch is “Sandman,” a blurry electric blues punctuated by lusty trills and stinging guitars. The folkloric Sandman sprinkles magic dust and brings dreams to sleeping children; in Lindsey’s deadpan falsetto, a line like, “I want it in bed / Or nothing at all,” leaves those dreams’ contents up for interpretation, but not by much. Penny Pitchlynn’s bass is wall-shaking. The combined rhythm section is enough to put you in the mood for a moral panic.
Director Pooneh Ghana’s 12-minute double video for “Sandman” and “Boys” casts the Sandman as a skeletal, chain-smoking barfly haunted by the four members of Broncho, clad in ghostly rock ‘n’ roll whites. They follow him through the streets and watch him from the screen of a motel television, cradling a pharmacist’s jar filled with psychoactive maraschino cherries. There are cherries on the new album’s cover art too, a gelatinous slurry slurped by a serpentine tongue, a sensual, spooky revival of the juiciest of rock clichés.
Bad Behavior follows up 2016’s Double Vanity and comes out October 12 from Park the Van. Watch the double video for “Sandman” and “Boys Got to Go” below.