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INTERVIEW: Bronco Simmons

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been? 

(**Talking with Jorge Hinojosa – vocals, guitar)

Hello VENTS! We’re absolutely great. Coming off a busy month with SXSW, a few gigs in the Dallas area, and releasing our most recent track “Heavy Chandeliers”. But hey busy is good right?

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Heavy Chandeliers”?

Of course! Heavy Chandeliers definitely holds a special place in our arsenal. It’s meant to be an injection of adrenaline and a kick in the balls all in one package. No matter how a live set is going, we know we can count on Heavy Chandeliers to be a catalyst. From the initial pounding of the drums to the driving, fuzzy bassline, it gets us going. I personally love playing this one on guitar because this kind of song is what my Jazzmaster is made for! I love stacking effects on this song…flanger, fuzz, wah…all the goodies. This track was also the first we laid down in the studio, which we recorded with Chris “Frenchie” Smith (Toadies, Santana, Meat Puppets, Jet) by the way. When we laid it down, we knew it was something special. We knew people would dig it. It’s a great feeling when you’re confident in a track from the get go.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

Actually yes…and I hate to bring Donald Drumpf into the mix, but he did inspire the lyrics behind the song. I personally am from Mexican descent…so when Donald went on his rant against my people, I definitely took offense and I then imagined a heavy chandelier falling on his head. I wrote the lyrics as a call and response between opposing parties: the verses contain hyper-conservative sentiments toward certain social issues while the chorus shuts out the hate in a rebel-spirited kick in the teeth.

Any plans to release a video to go along with the track?

No detailed plans yet, but we definitely want to shoot a video this summer and this would for sure be the track we shoot for. Maybe we can just grab a bunch of bats and break stuff a-la-Clockwork Orange… Be on the lookout though, we will definitely film something!

How was the recording and writing process?

Both the writing and recording of this track came especially easy. If you listen closely to the verse, there’s an almost folky sound to the chords being played… cowboy chords if you will. And at first I thought that was a deal-breaker, but I dirtied it up and asked Dom to give me a fuzzy bassline that would drive the song forward and it ended up working perfectly. Seriously, just listen to the bassline during the verses, it’s fucking genius. For the chorus, we took a simple three-chord, grunge approach and put some good ol’ gang vocals on top for some added cheese…we were kinda going for a Cheap Trick meets the 90’s vibe. The recording was a fucking blast! When we laid down the scratch tracks, we were literally going wild in the tracking room… jumping up and down, doing rock star poses, and playing the living shit out of our instruments. We wanted to convey that energy onto the recording. I hope y’all feel that.

How’s your new EP coming along?

The Younger Days – EP is actually finished!

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

The title of the EP is Younger Days to convey the EP’s general theme of personal discovery. It’s full of angst, heartache, and aspiration for what lies ahead. We have one more single to release mid-April, it’s actually the title track so be on the lookout for that as well! The full EP will be released in mid-May, around May 20.

Any plans to hit the road?

Plans to hit the road are in the works. We’re thinking a regional tour here in the South, but that could definitely expand further…just depends if more time opens up. We’ll most likely hit the rode in late May and then again at the beginning of July.

What else is happening next in Bronco Simmons’ world?

Honestly, this kind of stuff is what we’re focusing on right now…talking to blogs, interacting with listeners online. Everyday we ask ourselves how we can gain at least one new listener. It can be a disheartening process, but it’s one every band deals with and we are no different. We are incredibly confident in this batch of songs coming out in May and we are ready to take the internet waves by storm. Next step, find a manager. 

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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