Matt Caughthran of The Bronx and Mariachi El Bronx fronts two of today’s most ironically named bands holding down the punk rock genre. Maybe best known for his high-decibel scream, Caughthran is a force on stage. It’s not many artists who can jump, flip, and headbang through a set and not miss a single note. Off-stage, he brings a casual, undeniably upbeat vibe, and No Name gets a chance to talk Oasis stories, musical influences, and the origins of Los Angeles-based bands The Bronx and Mariachi El Bronx with him in-studio.
No Name: For someone who has never heard The Bronx before, how would you describe your band without using the words “punk, agro, rock…”
Matt Caughthran: It’s self-expression at its finest. It’s a positive violence, if that’s a thing. It’s something that we love all the way down to the core of who we are as human beings. We go for it.
NN: You clearly go to a different place. The best thing about seeing The Bronx live is that you spend more time on the floor than on stage. Usually, when you go to see a live show, people are spazzing out to the band. You’re the biggest spaz in the room.
MC: I try to be the human icebreaker. I spaz out so everyone else knows it’s cool if they spaz out too. It’s cool to knock down the barriers.
NN: When I go to a Bronx show, I have to ice my back for like a week after. You picked this next song: Iggy Pop’s “Passenger.”
MC: He is the godfather. There really is no one greater. We’ve lost a lot of legends over the years. The fact that Iggy is still alive and still kicking a whole lot of ass is amazing. So props to Iggy. This is still one of my favorite songs.
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