Album Review

Tunabunny – “Kingdom Technology” – [Hhbtm]

Thurston Hunger   4/16/2014   A Library, CD

Two and a bunny? Turner Bunny (as in Mike Turner who runs
Happy Happy Birthday To Me Records?) Not sure why I can
hang (barely) with a band named “Child Abuse” but “Tunabunny”
gives me pause. They’ve been around for a while (2009), and
this is evidently their fourth album, the first for KFJC to
add. Hmm, their debut has a shot of Monica Vitti on it, so
that’s gotta count for something. They give a tip of the
top pop hat props to Python (like Python, Tunabunny was
spawned in Athens, GA). In my ears, their sound connects
wires to Broadcast, two female vocalists: Mary Jane Hassell
and Brigette Adair Herron have a friendship that dates back
to middle school apparently. They also play guitars, keys and
probably have shared a ouija board too, communicating with
dead British vocalists one imagines. Jesse Stinnard on the
skins (more importantly he lived in a treehouse apartment!)
Plus Jesse records their stuff, and doesn’t let the girls
naturally pretty voices get too airbrushy, he takes sonic
pictures of them without their audio make up on. Crucial!
Scott Creney plays bass. And does nothing else. Why do the
girls hold him back? By the way at this point can we just
refer to Noise Pop as Pop? Hmmm, legal says no. T-bunny make
their noise bookends clear, the opener a kind of space ride
for warming up wordless vocals, and the closer a sad pop
march that then morphs fuzzily into a fine exercise in paranoia
(Saying “I don’t want to go out, might get eaten by a cop”
and later “Three bloody fingers and a big stick”…man I
hope that’s a reference to the old popsicle…gives me
red, yellow and orange chills). Warning pop repeato vox,
“I use my anger in a positive way” on #3 almost brought out
my anger in a negative way. Christopher Nelms album cover
is beautifully twisted, and at times so is the music here.

-Thurston Hunger

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