OUT TODAY: Spirit Bunny LP
Arriving brashly via circuit-bent Casio keyboards and buzzing Commodore 64 synths, Brisbane experimental pop three-piece Spirit Bunny today release their cacophonous self-titled debut LP (Detonic Recordings), premiered through Grain Zine. Spirit Bunny will also kick off a six-date LP launch tour at Canberra's Lobrow Gallery tonight, to be followed by Sydney, Melbourne, Wollongong, Adelaide and Brisbane.
Though Spirit Bunny work predominantly with "retro" instruments, their frenzied, motif-driven sound is anything but. Despite the lack of guitars, Spirit Bunny's chaotic blend of broken sound bears as much in common with noise-guitar-pop bands as dark synth-wave groups. Recorded in drummer Cameron Smith's studio Incremental Records (Velociraptor, Deafcult, Danyl Jesu), the album has so far received praise from industry figures at FBi, 4ZZZ, 3RRR and Who The Hell, and plenty of airplay on the wings of singles Amen Skew (current), Disco Horseride Montage and fan favourite Marshmallows.
A DIY band through and through, a Spirit Bunny debut full-length release was perhaps always inexorably fated to explore consumer culture as a central theme. Intermittent cut-and-paste lyrics are paired with discomforting corners of sound to both criticise and celebrate the way we consume. By way of protecting each physical copy of their album with a bright cardboard case, hand-painted by the band, Spirit Bunny's ethos is apparent before a listener even removes the vinyl from its sleeve.
"Stylish echoes of Fiery Furnaces or Stereolab at their loudest or Deerhoof … at any point in their discography. Stuff that you don’t hear much of these days and it’s bloody nice that someone’s doing it and doing it well."
- Chris Cobcroft, 4ZZZ Music Co-Director (via Tone Deaf)
"The kaleidoscopic confectionery that is Brisbane's Spirit Bunny continues to swirl out into the cosmos, like a multi-coloured fairy floss, all sticky, sugary, and pulsating with synthetic energy... There isn't much like this out there - get behind this!"
- Sonic Masala
LP Launch Tour
Friday April 21 | Lobrow Gallery, Canberra
w/ Agency & Different Types Of Spiders
Saturday April 22 | Tokyo Sing Song, Sydney
Thursday April 27 | Grace Darling Hotel, Melbourne
Class Acts #17 w/ Astral Skulls, Lifestrike, Wars
Saturday April 29 | The Rad, Wollongong
w/ The Nah, Outskert & There Are No Exits
Friday May 5 | Hotel Metro, Adelaide
w/ Ponytail Kink & Business Factory
Saturday May 20 | The Bearded Lady
w/ Low Season & Leavings