Introducing … Tunabunny!
It’s more than possible that you have already heard of this fantastic band, but we are beyond excited to announce that we’ve added Tunabunny to the Riot Act Media roster! Tunabunny is coming hot and fast out of the gate with a new album called Minima Moralia (out 9/27 on HHBTM), and a bunch of exciting shows that we will be announcing later on this week. I’ve got album downloads at the ready, so let me know if you’d like to spend your lunch break busting shit up to the sounds of this unique and lively band from Georgia.
ABOUT THE BAND:
Tunabunny started playing music together in early 2008. They’d been friends for a long time—lead singers Brigette Herron and Mary Jane Hassell had been friends since middle school—but none of them had ever thought of being in a band before. Growing up in Athens, Georgia, surrounded by hundreds, if not thousands, of musicians posturing for a place under the spotlight, Tunabunny thought of music as something that other people did. As much as the members of Tunabunny loved music, a lifetime spent in Athens had kind of soured them on the idea of actually making music themselves.
Besides, they all had other interests. Brigette was working on an Anthropology degree at the University of Georgia. Mary Jane was focused on International Affairs. Chloe Tewksbury was an art student. And Scott Creney was busy writing books that would, on occasion, actually get published.
Tunabunny began when Scott and Brigette moved in together. Living in the south, they found a 4 bedroom house on the outskirts of town—it should be noted that the house was infested with mold and falling apart—for $500 a month. Brigette’s dad, who had played music his whole life as a hobby, brought a bunch of music equipment over for them ‘to mess around on.’
Soon, Scott and Brigette were playing music every night. But it was hard with just two people, switching around all the time, so they started to invite their friends over to come and play with them. Even though, working at a local coffee shop, they knew lots of musicians, there were only two people who wanted to come over—Mary Jane and Chloe.
Initially, Tunabunny only wanted to have fun—to annoy other people, and to amuse themselves. It worked. Everyone in town wondered what the hell was wrong with Tunabunny. Who was this band who wrote beautiful songs that they could barely play? Who started playing without remembering to turn on the PA? Who were super-polite and friendly to everyone they met? Who ended their sets by knocking over all their equipment and tossing it off the stage, just because it was fun?
Nobody in Athens liked Tunabunny except for most of the record store employees and a few folks at the campus radio station. Those people thought it was the greatest thing they had ever heard. And one of those people was Mike Turner, owner of a local record label. He asked if he could put out Tunabunny’s music. Confused, the band said yes.
Their debut album, simply entitled Tunabunny, was released last year to unanimous, albeit sometimes very confused, acclaim. Renowned critic Everett True had no reservations about the band. He placed it in his top-5 albums of the year, writing, ‘This music makes me deliriously happy. It clatters, it splatters, it shatters, it matters.’ The band were as surprised as anybody. They went on tour in spring 2011, and people kept telling them how much they liked them. This was also surprising.
They aren’t surprised anymore. As the last couple of years have passed, Tunabunny has evolved into what the crummy door guy at the local club would call ‘a real band.’ Realizing that they could play as well as their heroes, that they could craft heart-stopping melodies, write poetically insightful lyrics, and still have fun, Tunabunny began work on their second album. Minima Moralia is the result. It signals a Tunabunny that is more pop, yet more intense; more accessible, yet more desperate; more comforting, and yet more uncomfortable.
On last year’s debut album, Tunabunny was out to destroy rock music. With Minima Moralia, they intend to redeem it. And with their third album, already in progress, and due sometime in 2012, they are planning to go beyond it.