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The Bronx Biography

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Genres: Alternative/Indie, Rock

The Bronx is an American hardcore punk band from Los Angeles formed in 2002. The band's current lineup consists of vocalist Matt Caughthran, guitarists Joby J. Ford and Ken Horne, bass guitarist Brad Magers and drummer Jorma Vik. They have released three eponymous rock albums, and two additional albums of mariachi music under the alter ego Mariachi El Bronx.

The Bronx formed in 2002 in Los Angeles, California. The initial lineup of the band consisted of singer Matt Caughthran, guitarist Joby J. Ford, bassist James Tweedy and drummer Jorma Vik. At their first performance they impressed Jonathan Daniel, manager of American Hi-Fi, who became their manager.

After only twelve live performances the band signed a contract with the Island Def Jam Music Group. However, feeling as though they were not yet ready to record for a major label, the band opted to form their own label, White Drugs, to put out their first few releases. They recorded a demo entitled “Sure Death” in 2002, followed by their first single “Bats!” in 2003.

Their debut album “The Bronx” was released in August 2003, followed by the EP “La Muerte Viva” that November. To support the album, singles and music videos were released for the songs “They Will Kill Us All (Without Mercy)” and “False Alarm.” The band toured the United States and Australia in support of the album.

The Bronx's major-label debut was 2006’s “The Bronx,” a second self-titled album that was supported by singles and music videos for “History's Stranglers,” “White Guilt” and “Shitty Future.” Ken Horne of The Dragons played some guitar parts on the album and soon joined the band as second guitarist.

In April 2007 the band announced that they would record two new albums, which like their first two albums would both be self-titled. “The Bronx” was planned as a punk rock album, while “El Bronx” would be a mariachi album. They entered a recording studio in March 2008 to begin work on both albums, with Brad Magers (formerly of Christiansen and Your Highness Electric) replacing Tweedy on bass guitar, and Vincent Hidalgo (formerly of The Drips) also joining the group. That June they issued the new song “Knifeman,” from “The Bronx,” followed by the premier of “PR Rules” from “El Bronx.”

Beginning with preparations for the release of “El Bronx,” the band has performed as “Mariachi El Bronx” when playing their mariachi set and as “The Bronx” for rock sets. “The Bronx” was released in November 2008, with “El Bronx” following in August 2009. A second album of mariachi music, “Mariachi El Bronx,” was released in August 2011.

Several members of the band also appear on the 20011 debut self-titled EP by Armistice, a Canadian indie pop band consisting of Coeur de pirate and Jay Malinowski.