EP Review: Ronx-'Retrograde'
Updated: Feb 1, 2022
Three-piece New York experimental pop-punk band Ronx returns with an exciting and refreshing EP release Retrograde.
The pop-punk scene is always looking to redefine itself with the bands and artists that shape its genre. Many try to compete for attention within its cramped spotlight. From time to time, there are small gems that manage to struggle their way out from beneath the rubble and shine. Latino pop-punk Bronx natives band Ronx are one of those small gems. With their first 2018 album release Division St., Ronx proved with their lively instrumentation, nostalgic melodies, and honest lyricism that they were able to turn a few heads and create a bit of a buzz for themselves. This would help propel forward a few singles such as "Roses" and "Drug in Me" which would really help shape and define their sound to what it is today.
“The energy does not stop there as we are shipped another great moment on Retrograde, "TISYCSO."Having these gorgeous skate-punk overtones while also feeling like a love letter to early 2000's punk instrumentally, this track is a knockout point on the EP and will also be a song many will replay many times over. ”
Now with their latest EP release Retrograde, the colorful and energetic punk band is extending their positive message in a bolder and more immersive way. Painting in subgenres such as emo-rap and nu-punk subgenres into the mix, Ronx's soundscapes have never sounded more fresh and exciting.
The EP starts with "Retrograde," as the EP is promptly titled after. Keeping in step with their self-aware lyricism, infectious guitar rhythms, and percussive cadence, it's the perfect way to start the EP while doing a great job of combining multiple genres into one listening experience.
The energy does not stop there as we are shipped another great moment on Retrograde, "TISYCSO." Having these gorgeous skate-punk overtones while also feeling like a love letter to early 2000's punk instrumentally, this track is a knockout point on the EP and will also be a song many will replay many times over.
The EP ends somberly with "EVERYTHING I'VE EVER WANTED." A softer, hued, and more denuded tone than what we have gotten from the other two experiences, it's a pretty and honest way to end an already mini forthright musical journey thus far.
Retrograde does a great job of exposing a myriad of genres and vulnerable lyricism, all in a small dose. While this is a small taste of what we will be getting from these guys later this year, Ronx has a contagious sound conviction that proves that whatever awaits us will be worth it.