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Matt from The Bronx talks musical influences and “the best LA song of all time”

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.

Catch the full interview above.

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