They Rocked Connecticut. They Can Rock You
There comes a time for every young bird to leave the nest, even when the bird is a band and the nest is the local music scene they came up in. For Connecticut’s Bronze Radio Return, that time is here. In fact, it’s past: the Hartford band has been putting in plenty of hours on the road, playing more than 100 shows a year as they seek to broaden their reach.
The group this month releases their third full-length album, “Up, On & Over.” Speakeasy today exclusively premieres the title track.
The album is a buoyant collection of upbeat, rootsy rock songs built around clap-along rhythms and lyrics that convey a sense of wistful optimism. The title track stacks layers of vocals over trebly guitar and a strong rhythm as frontman Chris Henderson sings about powering through obstacles.
“‘Struggle’ isn’t quite the right word, but it’s about the process of setting a goal and working toward something,” Henderson told Speakeasy. “It’s about the ebb and flow of the process.”
Though the musicians spend a big chunk of their lives in their van riding to and from gigs — “In rock ’n’ roll, there’s a lot more roll than rock,” Henderson cracks — they still consider Hartford home. In fact, they play a hometown CD release show there Saturday in the Great Hall at Union Station.
“We strive to be known on a larger scale throughout the country, but our heart is still in Hartford,” Henderson said. “It’s important that we all really still respect the scene and we enjoy being a part of it.”
Bronze Radio Return releases “Up, On & Over” June 25. What do you think of the title track? Leave your thoughts in the comments.