For the second time this year, Broncho is making a stop through Boise, and to the band, it's starting to feel a little like home. For Broncho's Ryan Lindsey, coming to the City of Trees is like getting a little taste of his home of Norman, Oklahoma, with mountains in the backdrop.
"Boise was always really wild," he said. "I think lots of times people come through here and realize there's some arts going on, some music they wouldn't expect."
Broncho will play the Neurolux at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 20.
From an bird's-eye view, Boise and Norman are relatively similar. They're both small cities with a major university, and both have blossoming arts and music scenes that may not be apparent to the naked eye.
Lindsey has plenty of fond memories of Boise. It even has the leg up on Norman in some ways, like the vegan barbeque options at BBQ4Life—something missing from the Oklahoma dining scene. Before, or even after, a Broncho show in Boise, Lindsey said he can usually be found dining at Yen Ching, which was closed for renovation the last time he was in town. Lindsey said if he had to guess, he has been through Boise five or six times.
It goes without saying that Broncho is sweet on Boise, and by the number of times the band has been invited back, it's safe to say the feeling is mutual.
Whether by design or fate, Lindsey is the centerpiece of Broncho's captivating sound. Most songs have the characteristic catchy, poppy guitar hooks and Lindsey's seemingly effortless vocal style, evoking a Joey Ramone-esque attitude.
Broncho's most recent release, Bad Behavior, first dropped in 2018 and the band has been touring on it since. The standout tracks from the most recent release are "Get In My Car," a poppy, energetic guitar track, and "Big City Boys," which is a bit more relaxed and drawn out than the former, but still maintains a catchy hook. While not much of a departure from previous work stylistically speaking, Bad Behavior has a more dialed-in sound. The key for Lindsey: not making too many rules.
"I don't like a lot of rules with what we're trying to do," he said. "There's always moments where there's an opportunity to jump on another train."
For that reason, Lindsey and the other band members don't lay out a schedule for when they need to come up with another album. It has to happen naturally and at the right time.
"Sometimes a song happens really quick and it's easy," Lindsey said. "Sometime it's songs you have no idea how to make it work in a studio, you get in there and it just happens."
Over time, whether things require a little more maneuvering or come easy, things tend to come together the way they're supposed to, Lindsey said.
"At that point it's a little miracle that you have a record," Lindsey said. "Everything is kind of different, I like being open to the situation and the moment, that way I don't have a bunch of rules of what I have to do."
When Broncho isn't touring, its members work on new material as a group, at least part-time. That's the plan this time around, too. Linsdey said he has been in the studio already and cut a few demos. There's a plan for a few older tracks that haven't seen daylight yet to debut on the next album.
When he's cutting a record, it's hard for Lindsey to pinpoint where the songs are coming from. But, as is often the case, hindsight is clearer. In the process of creating Broncho's 2016 album Double Vanity, Lindsey didn't really detect that the overall theme was growing up, but looking back, he sees where those themes came from. It's safe to say the same can be said of whatever is next for Broncho.