Meet Ronx: a New York-based pop-punk band who are tackling heartbreak head-on.
Coining their name from the infamous Bronx borough of New York City, this pop-punk trio are trying to stand tall in a heavily saturated genre. How are they planning on doing that, I hear you ask? Well, with sheer grit, impeccable lyrics and unquestionable passion, the boys are readying themselves to take on the big leagues.
On My Own is the band’s first release this year and it marks the start of an exciting future for Ronx. The lyrics are centred on the topic of relationships, break-ups and heartbreak. However, rather than wallowing in search of pity, the band approach this song with a fresh angle – instead of addressing hope and providing a reassurance that things will get better. The music on display here dabbles with traditional pop-punk themes, moments of pop-rock and even experiments with the progressive. Couple all this with a catchy chorus and infectious melody, On My Own has a winning formula that is sure to carry the band far.
In the lead up to the release of this single, WaveByte was lucky enough to chat with the band about the new song, their creative processes and what the future may hold for the New York trio…
Congratulations on the upcoming release of On My Own. What emotions have you felt in the run-up to the announcement of this single?
Miguel Vasquez (guitar & vocals): In the run-up to the release of this single I got more excited with every day that passed. This is the best single we have put out thus far and I’m really hoping people enjoy it as much as we do.
Joshua Reguillo (bass & vocals): Thank you so much, I would just say there was a lot of excitement building up to this release. Since the day we left the studio and had the first mix playing in the car we were stoked on how good this song came out
How did Ronx come about?
Miguel: Josh and I have been playing music together for a couple of years now and we’ve been through a ton of members. About two years ago we met Dave Rivera (Drums), and we decided to stick with the name Ronx.
Ronx is a short version of the name Bronx, it is the borough where we are from.
How does On My Own shape up compared to your previous releases?
Miguel: When we were going into the studio we did not know how great On My Own was going to come out. It is by far the best studio session we’ve ever had. With the help of Randy from Pasquarella Recoding studio, we were able to create something fresh, it was great to only focused on one song rather than a whole album worth of tracks. We were able to add more elements to it. We are going to go for a mature approach for these next few releases we have lined in up for the rest of the year.
Josh: I would describe our sound as fun but with sad boy vibes.
What fuels, influences and inspires your creative process?
Miguel: Tons of heartbreaks and past experiences that we’ve all went through. We use those moments and pour our hearts out singing the songs we are proud of to this day. We listen to tons of old blink-182, and some Neck Deep, and most of their songs were sad in a way and we used that as our inspiration to create sad music that we know people can relate to.
Josh: Not too much, because we mostly write out what we are feeling, but at the same time, we do like to give out hopeful messages with our music, so that’s something we hope comes naturally when people listen.
2018 was a big year for you guys, how is the rest of 2019 shaping up? Any releases or shows we should keep an eye out for?
Miguel: In 2019 we started our year with our first ever show at The Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, NY and it is also the first time we sold over 40 tickets – that is one of our biggest accomplishments. We recently came back from our first ever tour down the east coast from New York to Florida and that was the greatest experience we’ve had as a band. We learned so much from that tour that we are going to use to keep on advancing as the year ends. On My Own has just been released but following that we’ll have a small 2 song EP coming out so definitely keep an eye open for that.
Josh: We plan on releasing a few more songs before the year ends and going out with a bang with a possible headliner show but that’s still in the works.
When all is said and done, how would you like to be remembered?
Miguel: We want to be remembered as guys that went that extra mile and did everything that they can to get where they wanted to be in life. We are fully invested in this band and we are willing to do whatever it takes to succeed and achieve something that we’ve always wanted.
Callum Huthwaite | Press photo by Daniel Diaz.
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