“Epic” may not even begin to describe the incredibly thrilling mayhem that Broncho brought to the Replay Thursday night. The Oklahoma-based band brought more than just a night of heavy rock, they brought a new level of mutual understanding and respect for our local scene.
Doubleplus opened up the night with fast and heavy songs. The band gained popularity at first in Lawrence with their flawless covers; but now that they have a solid foothold in the scene we’re seeing more and more original songs from the band. The crowd took a liking to the ruffians, and yelled out “Faster! Louder!” after several songs. The band did us a favor by shredding our eardrums to bits with the roaring vocals, it got us ready for the heart-pounding set that was to come from Broncho.
It didn’t take any time at all for folks to lose their damn minds. The crowd was just aching to get rowdy, and it wasn’t until a couple of songs in that Broncho finally started busting out some really intense tunes. The fans happily let loose and immediately started flailing. The venue was fairly full, and the front half of the area closest to the stage now belonged to only the most dedicated thrashers. The air was thick with sweat and punches, and all the while frontman Ryan Lindsey jittered uncontrollably onstage.
The closer Broncho got to the end of their set, the more the audience clobbered each other. At one point they almost knocked the bassist’s mic stand right into his own face (it never made impact thanks to the cat-like reflexes of one fan). Amid the mess of screams, hollers, and cheers, the slaughter on the dance floor continued (even the disco ball was getting knocked around). The band’s wallop was so entrancing that time flew by and before we knew it, the short, intense bursts of music were over.
It may sound like the crowd was rowdy, but in live music terms they were actually on their best behavior. There’s nothing more welcoming to an intense rock band than a lively and active crowd. Everyone in there gave their full attention to the music by pummeling each other and thrusting their flesh towards one another.
This type of scene is nothing new for the band. They caused a similar ruckus when they played Middle of the Map fest in April, and they tend to bring this level of badassery everywhere they go. This isn’t their first time in Lawrence, and it certainly won’t be their last (they’ll return in August).
We got the chance to catch up with Ryan Lindsey after the show, while everyone was still drenched in sweat and excitement. He commended the Lawrence scene for becoming more relaxed over the past few years. “Everybody is just so fucking chill,” he told us. He has played Lawrence several times in the past, but Thursday night’s was a much different (and better) experience. “I hear all this hype about Lawrence, and never understood it until I played the Replay.”
Here’s to hoping we can hold onto our “chill” and give Broncho another warm reception in August.
BONUS VIDEO OF CROWD GOING NUTS AT THE SHOW