What are The Bronsons?

Dead by 1985, reborn in 2013, The Bronsons are a London-​​ and Oxfordshire-based band playing loud, driven, fast and relentless pub-rock garage rock rhythm and blues. On September 28th 2018 the band played their final gig at The Dublin Castle, London NW1.

"Fantastic music... gets inside your head and then tears the place up... you really owe it to yourself to check them out" - 4.52am Magazine

"Awesome... a live show you don't want to miss" - New Music Saturday

"Bringing back the mid-seventies sound of pub-rock rhythm and blues... people in pubs playing high-octane rock and roll"- Johnny Doom, Kerrang! Radio

Their influences range from 60's beat, rhythm and blues and garage rock bands, through to Dr Feelgood, Eddie & the Hot Rods, The Count Bishops, The Inmates and Lew Lewis.

"The kind of authentic driven garage and pub rock that was an influence on the first wave of English punk bands" - PUNKsite

"A great night out... has all the joy and abandon and rockaboogie wigging out you could wish for" - Bugbear

"Absolutely amazing live set - [The Bronsons] ripped it up on stage, did an amazing job" - John Summers on The NerveCast Show

Playing a 50/50 mix of original material and obscure covers, the band had a cult following in 1980s London, playing Le Beat Route, The Embassy Club and the legendary squatters' nightclub in Bonnington Square.

"Great fun... garage rock'n'roll... harks back to a golden time of music" - Sonic Bandwagon, Pure 107.8FM

"Pub rock in the style of Dr Feelgood, Nine Below Zero, the great old rhythm and blues bands" - Captain Stax Show

"Forcibly catchy rock ‘n’ roll... a mix of The Pirates, Dave Edmunds and The Vibrators" - RingMaster Review

After splitting in 1985 they reformed in 2013, recruiting a new bass player and new Bronsonettes. Since then a series of pub dates and festival appearances have cemented their reputation as a seriously good live act that knows how to put on a show.

"It's like someone took Eddie Cochran and Plastic Bertrand and put them in a blender... I bet it sounds awesome live" - Chris Straw, Producer, Bauer Radio, on The Bronsons' 2017 single Girl from Outer Space

"Cela colle parfaitement à l'idée que je me fais du rock anglais... J'avais déjà été séduite lors de leur concert au Dublin Castle à Londres en janvier 2015... Il est clair que je le suis toujours" - On My Red Lips

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Meet The Bronsons

The Bronsons are a six-piece electric band ​(guitar, bass, drums, lead vocal/harmonica, two backing singers) - although they sometimes gig as a four-piece. Occasionally they threaten to break out the acoustics - thankfully, that's mostly hot air.

  • Stefan "The Daddy" Ball: voice, harp
  • Tony "Mansalmon" Talman: guitar
  • Jorge "Sundance" Polvorinos: bass
  • Phil "Carlos" Dourado: drums

Giselle and Zara are The Bronsonettes

Ex-Bronsons include, in order of length of service:

  • Mike (aka Chuck) - bass
  • John - harp
  • Sandy - Bronsonette
  • Sarah - Bronsonette
  • Bob - guitar
  • Debs - Bronsonette

Why "The Bronsons"?

The well-known hit-man and actor Charles Bronson starred in a series of trashy thrillers in the 1970s and 80s. Death Wish, Death Wish 2, Death Wish 3, Death Wish 4, Death Wish 5 and The Evil What Men Do - "a clumsy catalogue of pain and death," said Time Out London - cried out for the right kind of tongue-in-cheek musical homage.

Charles Bronson

Past gigs

2018 - New Cross Inn - Radio Woking - Dublin Castle (twice) - The Rocksteady - Cricketers (Southend) - Rokefest - Beautiful Alice Festival

2017 - The Half Moon - The New Moon (Crawley) - The Beehive - Dublin Castle (twice) - Plasma Music TV Studio - Sussex Music Festival - Moonfest - The Musician (Leicester) - Wokingham Festival - BBC Radio Oxford - Sticky Mike's Frog Bar - Red Room (Ealing)

2016 - The Water Rats - Surya - St Moritz Club - Dublin Castle (twice) - Amersham Arms - Rokefest - Fighting Cocks (twice) - Music at the Crossroads Festival - WADS Stock - The Gunners - Hope & Anchor - Lincoln Inn (Dorking) - The Star Inn (Guildford) - The Troubadour - The Brunswick (Hove)

2015 - Dublin Castle (three times) - Workshop (Roadtrip) - Fiddler's Elbow - Underbelly - Ealing Blues Festival - Old Queen's Head - Surya - 93 Feet East

2014 - The Birds Nest - Hope & Anchor - Fiddler's Elbow (twice) - The Comedy Pub - 229

2013 - Battersea Bar (reunion gig)

1980s - A load of pubs and clubs around West and Central London, including the Clarendon in Hammersmith, the Kings Head in Fulham (we became the house band there, pretty much), Le Beat Route, the Embassy Club and others. We played Fulham Town Hall, a CND festival, and the coolest gig in the world in a communal squat in Vauxhall with 300 people leaning over three floors of banisters and railings while we played in a pit. Plus dozens of gigs in various dodgy boozers in North, East and South London, and trips to Romford and Guildford.

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