Song Premiere: The Bronx, ‘Youth Wasted’

The Bronx is back with a brand-new rock anthem.

Half a decade ago, Los Angeles punk band The Bronx traded in their amps for Spanish guitars on a pair of surprisingly authentic albums under their Mariachi El Bronx moniker. The Bronx (IV) will be the group’s first album under its original name in five years, and their Mexican holiday hasn’t dulled their edge. With a full-frontal attack that lands between the Foo Fighters‘ alternative assault and The Black Keys‘ bluesy swagger, the electric “Youth Wasted” doesn’t miss a beat announcing The Bronx’s triumphant, highly evolved (and highly anticipated) return to rock.

Listen to The Bronx’s “Youth Wasted” after the jump.

“Sometimes the best-laid plans still end with blood on your hands,” frontman Matt Caughthran sings with a palpable, pitch-perfect bite to his bark. Pretty sure he’s singing about the winter premiere of Pretty Little Liars. (IT’S TOMORROW, not that we’re getting daily Gcal reminders or anything.) But murders mistakes aside, the song’s ultimately an anthem: “Youth is not wasted on the young,” Caughthran bellows.

He’ll be dispensing punk wisdom all over the 12-track The Bronx (IV), which drops Feb. 5 on ATO. The band hits the road in February, pulling double duty with a month of Bronx dates in the U.K. and a handful of Mariachi El Bronx sets back in the U.S. in March.

+ Listen to The Bronx’s “Youth Wasted.”

Photo credit: Lisa Johnson