When Ryan Lindsey, guitarist and vocalist for the Oklahoma-based rock outfit BRONCHO, first answers the phone, I am immediately hammered with phone problems. We give our call another shot and laugh about the initial mishap. Lindsey can commiserate with my woes, as his phone has been the fritz as well. But unlike my phone, which is going on four years old, Lindsey's is fresh. "Man, I've actually had it for like three months maybe. I drop mine too much," he says with a chuckle.

In many respects, Lindsey is a carefree guy. He certainly could be categorized that way in his regards for cell phones. But one thing he takes very seriously is his band's music. When we connect on June 1, BRONCHO's third LP, the intoxicating Double Vanity, has just debuted online only hours before via SPIN. The album, which features only two songs that cross over 100 BPM across nearly 40 minutes, is a significant departure from the rollicking pace of 2011's Can't Get Past The Lips or 2014's Just Enough Hip To Be Woman. Songs like the sultry 'Fantasy Boys' and the wistful 'I Know You' all cast a much more relaxed, beautiful glow than the group's earlier work. The record is a major sonic evolution for the band -- which is composed of Lindsey, Ben King on guitar, Penny Pitchlynn on bass and Nathan Price on drums -- and Lindsey seems ecstatic for it to finally be reaching the hands of fans.

"It is exciting. It is nice to get it out there," Lindsey says. "Especially because we are leaving right now to start driving for our first show, so it is good to have it out somewhere. The record doesn't officially come out until June 10, so its nice to have it where people can hear it before we play shows."

The band is heading back onto the road for a string of shows in the U.S. that will proceed virtually uninterrupted until the end of August, before heading to the U.K. and Europe throughout September and October. BRONCHO is also fresh from opening a run of arena shows where they had the opportunity to test drive some of their new songs. "We just did a couple weeks with Cage The Elephant and we played five or six songs from the new record," Lindsey details. "Then we just did three shows in Texas and we did a pretty good amount of the record."

Naturally, debuting new material on the road can be a nerve-wracking endeavor, particularly when the fresh songs are such a major change of pace from the BRONCHO's previous repertoire of up-tempo guitar pop. "I was kind of worried about it because they are such a different type of energy than our other stuff," Lindsey says, "but so far they've felt really good. It is always a different thing to try to make sense of new songs. You've got to make sense of songs on a record and then you've got to make sense of those songs that you recorded when you're live. It is a very different thing. Sometimes things don't translate, but so far it has felt good."

According to Lindsey, BRONCHO's new, spacious sound was a combination of forethought and experimentation. "It was a little of both," he explains. "We wanted something that was a little bit more chill than the last record. But also when we're recording a song, we really try to make sense of that song in a tempo. They made the most sense the slower we got them. So there was a mixture of things. Some of the songs were going to be on the previous record but they just didn't feel right with that record. A lot of it was because of the tempos. They made more sense slow, but then those didn't make sense with everything else that was on that record. By the time we got to this record, there were a lot more songs that matched up with the previous ones that hadn't made the last cut."

In spite of the fact that several of the album's tracks were written almost two years ago, Lindsey says that the group hadn't even really thought about what to do with them until stepping into the studio for Double Vanity. "We tried two or three of the songs on the last record and then we just forgot about them until September," he says. "Then we went in and pretty much did the whole thing, production wise, in a month. A ton of the writing was done then. There were a lot of ideas, but nothing was fully there until then."

The album's recording represented the continuation of a partnership BRONCHO established with their first two albums. "We did [Double Vanity] with the same dudes we did our last couple records with, Jarod Evans and Chad Copelin. They have a studio in Norman, Okla. called Blackwatch Studios. They're two of our friends who we've done pretty much everything with. We've invested in our communication with them for awhile, so it was easier to start from there."

Perhaps the most noticeable sonic component to Double Vanity is its cavernous sound. Much as how the decision on tempo was reached through both a conscientious approach and experimentation over time, Lindsey and his bandmates came to realize that adding mountains of reverb was the proper course of action for their new batch of tunes. "There's a lot more space in these songs than the other ones, and some of that's because they are slower," he explains. "But they are pretty simple songs so there is going to be a lot more room. The easiest way to take up room is reverb. At Blackwatch, they have this big reverb tank that just made tons of sense and filled in the gaps. That's a total Jesus and Mary Chain thing, and I love them so it makes total sense."

With such a massive expansion of sound between two records, one might expect that BRONCHO changed up their rigs substantially to accommodate the change. Lindsey says this isn't the case and that they, instead, relied on their experience to guide their expansive new songs. "We used everything we already had for this record," he says. "I think part of it is touring for so long on the last record. We got away from what we did on that record when we started touring, and I think we will probably end up doing it on this record. It is like you make a record and then, as you tour, the sound evolves and changes into something else. Really slowly, I think it started changing into what ended up being this next record. It is kind of like what I was saying earlier about making sense of a song live. When we first started playing those songs, we tried to just play them the way we recorded them. Then, you keep playing and add little things here and there, like I started using my reverb pedal a lot more."

Lindsey definitely foresees a learning curve with taking such thick and dense songs on the road, but he seems excited to have them put to the test. "It's fun," he laughs. "It is definitely challenging. When we started rehearsing for this record, it was about how we could make this make sense. You just keep playing through songs until it is like, 'Okay, this feels good.' And it is weird that things are so different between recording and performing."

Having made substantial changes between each of their three LPs, BRONCHO has established themselves as a band that defies labels. According to Lindsey, this much-lauded ability is just a result of upward creative mobility. "I like changing things up," he states flatly. "We don't necessarily have conversations about it, but I think, individually, we all are more entertained on a personal level if there is some sort of change rather than doing the same thing. I remember between the first and the second record, there were a couple conversations that were like, 'These songs sound a lot different than the first record. Does anybody care about that? People might be expecting something different. Does that matter?' For me, I thought that didn't matter at all. I didn't even feel like that many people heard our first record, so we could do anything we wanted. Also, I don't want to make a record based on what I think people would expect us to do. That seems kind of a like a bummer."

Still, Lindsey is aware that Double Vanity may throw people off at first. In fact, it still has that effect on him. "There are sometimes when I hear it and I'm like, 'Whoa, this is way slow.' And then there are sometimes when I hear it and I'm like, 'God, this is too fast. We should have gone slower,'" he titters. "It has definitely thrown off some friends of mine, but I believe in these songs. I think if people give it a chance then they will hopefully understand what's going on with this record. That's my hope with it. But I think there's definitely going to be some people who don't get it."

The album's road tests have, to this point, given Lindsey all the reason to believe Double Vanity will be met with appreciation from the band's fans, both new and old. "Everything has gone over pretty well so far," he tells me. "It has felt like a really good change. On the Cage The Elephant tour, their crowd was really into the moodier, chill stuff. I think they got into some of the more up-tempo stuff, but I was surprised to see them get into some of the more chill stuff. It made me feel...good. It seemed like this can work on this level.

"So now taking things back to the club level, we will see exactly how they translate," he continues. "We just did this little Texas run and everything felt really good. One guy told me he was really worried for us because the first five or six songs were all new ones, but then when we started playing old rockers he felt better about us. So there's definitely going to be some of that. But I think as we continue playing these songs, we'll be able to express the energy that has made us what we are. We will be able to translate that into these new songs."

Again, Lindsey thinks that BRONCHO's ability to prove the worth of their material will sharpen as their time on the road continues. "With the last record, things kind of felt weird for awhile," he says. "Then we played a ton of shows and, out of nowhere, it was like, 'Oh, these make total sense.' So I think part of it is just playing more and more shows, getting more and more comfortable and being more natural with everything."

Beyond finding their groove on the road, BRONCHO's path for the future looks open-ended. Lindsey says he isn't quite sure where the group will end up. "I'm not totally for sure yet. Hopefully some more songs start appearing to us and we figure out where we want to go with the next one."

For the exploratory mind of Lindsey, no doors are worthy of being shut: "I like keeping our minds open to any possibility."

Double Vanity is due for release June 17th via Dine Alone Records.