On the surface, it may have seemed like garage-rocking punk troupe Bonnie Riot was out of commission last year. But judging by the feisty, full-throttle brashness of the Lake Worth four-piece's newest release, Backbone, it looks as if it just diverted all its energy into crafting a perfectly raucous follow-up album. The brainchild of lead vocalist Milly La Madrid and guitarist Luis Sanabria, Bonnie Riot formally took shape in 2009, playing plenty of shows and putting out its eponymous power-punk debut EP in 2013.
Today, New Times is debuting the first single, the title track, off Backbone. It's a song that has personal significance for La Madrid, the group's principal lyricist. "Whenever I feel weak or feel like people are trying to walk all over me, I remind myself to have a backbone and stay positive," she says.