Class Historian: An Interview with Broncho
FPH: Why the name “Broncho” and not “Bronco?”
Ryan Lindsey: You know, I have no idea. [laughs]
FPH: How important is Oklahoma rock to you and the band? Specifically the scene in Norman, Oklahoma.
Lindsey: It’s pretty good. There is definitely a scene going on. It changes from time to time because it’s a college town, so everything sort of recycles. People move away. In the last year or two, a new scene has started and it matches with the scene I’ve been in for a while. And yeah, it’s cool.
FPH: As cliché as it sounds, since the Flaming Lips are from Oklahoma, have they been a large inspiration for the direction of Broncho?
Lindsey: Yeah, definitely. Clouds Taste Metallic is pretty good. I like [Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots]. I like all of their stuff, though. I know the guys in the band and I like them on that level, as well.
FPH: Did everything start from an 80’s punk film?
Lindsey: Not necessarily, but some of the early parts of the band that did.
FPH: Broncho has a very upbeat, melodic tone, so what are you currently using on your pedalboard?
Lindsey: I have a Boss Super Chorus, a Holy Grail Reverb, a Full Tone, and MXR Distortion.
FPH: What about the guitar? What year is that Silvertone?
Lindsey: I use a 1962 Silvertone 1448.
FPH: I pretty much gave up on the vintage Japanese guitars; I find them to be poorly built. Has it been smooth sailing for you when it comes to the guitar’s stability?
Lindsey: The 1448 I have is fairly simple. I have had it worked on a couple of times, but not much more than that. Most of the time, older instruments need more work than newer ones, but guitars can be a bit different. Fingers crossed, everything will remain easy. I have two of the guitars. I used to have another [guitar], but it got stolen, and it was a Teisco. An early 60’s, red Teisco. I loved it. Our video for “I Don’t Really Want To Be Social” had it in there.
FPH: What started your interests in class historians? Did you run as one in school?
Lindsey: A class historian is an office held in high school. I’m not really sure what it was supposed to be, but all of my friends ran for class office, and I decided to run as class historian. All I really had to do was show up to meeting, and then had to write and read a poem at graduation. I campaigned pretty hard, and made all the promises required as candidate to win the candidacy. I eventually wrote a song about it.
FPH: Could you imagine a school election like the presidential one we are having now?
Lindsey: [laughs] It’d be cool, huh? Local Donald Trump.
FPH: When that song started to blow up and companies wanted to start using them in commercials, were you always open to it? Were you put off by potentially being a “sell-out,” according to critics?
Lindsey: I was definitely always open to it. You gotta make that money! I think that some people are put off with bands putting songs in commercials because they don’t have to pay the bands bills [laughs]. Yeah, I don’t know. I get both sides of it. I mean, when you hear a song, and I don’t think our song was this way, necessarily, but there are constant “commercial songs” that turn people off, but I don’t really care. I’m into it.
FPH: Do you think people lose interest in those bands all together?
Lindsey: Yeah, maybe some people do, but the other side of it is that other people hear stuff for the first time and get turned on to it, so it’s a two-sided debate for sure. There are still people hearing us for the first time if one of our songs is on a movie or commercial, and they begin to get into us. There’s always someone who hasn’t heard a song and that’s always a good thing.
Check out to Broncho’s new single, “I Know You,” and their latest record, Double Vanity, released June 10.