No Sleep for Bud Bronson & The Good Timers As They Approach Their 'Electrify the East' Tour

By: Jura Daubenspeck

With a dash of absurdity, a pinch of nonconformity, and a few killer riffs sprinkled on top, you’ve got Bud Bronson & The Good Timers. The Denver rock group, made up of Richie Nitro AKA "Brian Beer" (vocals), Vic Bone (guitar), Cabo Wabo (drums), and Scraps Jackson (bass), have been dabbling in the wild and the clever since 2012.

Bud Bronson & The Good Timers. 

Bud Bronson & The Good Timers. 

Between the four, each represent very different parts of the country, hailing from Colorado, Illinois, Texas, and New Jersey respectively. Once the group united in Denver, they played in ice-cold garages and managed to record their first EP in January 2014.

If you try hard enough, you may be able to nail down these guys to a genre. But why spoil the fun? Bud Bronson & The Good Timers’ music toys with the identity of a classic hard rock "shred ‘til you drop" group, as well as the identity of a band you are likely to find playing at a sweaty, beer-splattered basement party. Their stunningly straightforward lyrics ensure that matters are not taken too seriously and their shameless ability to have fun with each other is a delightful breath of smoke-filled air.

Fantasy Machine, released in November 2015, is a coming-of-age head banger of an album. Like much of their music, the album tells the story of, well, the good times: hanging outside with friends, chatting up beautiful babes, and shotgunning Coors. But while these summertime vibes are all good and dandy, the album speaks to an underlying question of how much more will my boyish charm let me get away with? Or, put more simply… how long will these good times last?

Listen to Fantasy Machine:

Notable tracks off the album are "Vapedemic", which was featured in High Times, and personal favorites of mine, including: "Kitties South", "Party or Party", and "Sleeveless Nights".

Watch the video for "Vapedemic":

The guys are about to be on the move, with an upcoming 20-day tour they are calling the Electrify the East Tour. They will be hitting up over fifteen cities and states, including: Lawrence, KS, Tulsa, OK, Nashville, TN, Greensboro, NC, Richmond, VA, Virginia Beach, VA, Baltimore, MD, Washington DC, Philadelphia, PA, New Jersey, New York City, NY, Pittsburgh, PA, Detroit, MI, Columbus, OH, Madison, WI, Minneapolis, MN, Quad Cities, and Omaha, NE.

They will also be performing with talented artists from each city, including: Skytown, Four Arm Shiver, Varma Cross, Butthole, The SuperWeaks, Lizard Police, Left & Right, Greasy Hearts, Wormhole, Bookmobile, The Pollinators, Jessica Wiles, Nato Coles, Gerald Lee, Briner, and more soon-to-be-announced artists.

The Electrify the East Tour is bound to be a wild time, and here’s to hoping the band comes back all in one piece. If you’re looking for a band whose music will make you want to unapologetically thrash about, then check out Bud Bronson & The Good Timers. Their music can be found on Bandcamp and YouTube.


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