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Bunnygrunt at I Went to a Show

I zipped down Cherokee and Lemp while Crain finished at Foam, arriving at Off Broadway just in time for Bunnygrunt! Matt Harnish, Ashley Hohman, and Eric Von Damage delivered a spirited, joyful set to celebrate the release of Vol. 4 just before they jetted off to Europe for a ‘cross the ocean tour. Everyone was laughing and dancing and well-wishing.

Nights like these are a reminder that the St. Louis music scene is alive, accessible, and a hell of a lot of fun.

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Bunnygrunt at I Went to a Show

On Saturday, Bunnygrunt plays Off Broadway to celebrate the release of their sixth, maybe fifth, album: Vol. 4. It’s a hearty collection of songs that rip; 16 total are included on the cassette/CD. Lucky for us, Christian Schaeffer of The Riverfront Times wrote an exquisite review of Vol. 4 that just went up this morning; check it out here.

The band was kind enough to invite me to a practice. I took some photos and previewed the release show set list. It’s going to be a wild and well-deserved night of fun:

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Bunnygrunt at Beehive Candy

So what do we know about Bunnygrunt? Well first of all we know that whoever wrote their promo has a superb way with words, we read – They started off twee but spent so much time on the road that they learned how to rock. The missing link between Teenage Fanclub and Teenage Wasteland, like a bat out of hell baby, Bunnygrunt was born to run. They’ve been tearing it up for years now—legends of the underground teaching the indie kids how to rock and the rockers how to weep. Fueled by the kindest dog in St. Louis, the immortal Rusty, Bunnygrunt’s spent their lives stuck in the middle of a nowhere that used to be a somewhere (the gateway to the west that’s now seen as a hateway to the rest), and you can hear it in every note of their beer-soaked, hopefully desperate and hopelessly hopeful, music.

And just like the union men who built the schools and the fire stations of St. Louis all those years ago, Bunnygrunt does their work and moves on. No glory necessary, no need to thank them.

What can we add to that, other than listen, no even better, turn in up unsociably loud and share with your neighbours. Bunnygrunt Volume 4 is released July 17th 2015 and it’s a corker!

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Bunnygrunt at This is Book’s Music

The album cover is homage to Black Sabbath’s Vol. 4 but instead of Ozzy Osbourne extending his hands, it’s a cat. Or at least I think it’s a cat. Nonetheless, Bunnygrunt are here with what some are calling their 4th or 5th album, but Vol. 4 (Happy Happy Birthday To Me) shows what it can take for a band to completely rock your face off, even if the sound quality is not superior compared with others or it’s that sharp.

Is the music as raw as The Mummies or something recorded on a cassette, not quite. It sounds like a nicely made demo where things aren’t tweaked to perfection but those things help give the music a bit of grit, or something like that. The majority of the songs are about three minutes, if not less (some very less) but there’s one song, “Chunt Bump”, that runs at 7:02. It comes off like the Sonic Youth song that features Lee Ranaldo where you want to separate everything and pay attention to that one song. However, by doing that, you also focus on the remaining 15 songs that are true scorchers. Songs go back and forth between male and female vocals but when you hear the harmonies of both, it works with brilliant perfection. The cool thing is that as raw as these songs sound, full of garage rock power, there is no mistaking what they’ll sound like in a nightclub. You’ll want to hear stuff like this louder and in your gut. There are occasional odd glimpses of slight weirdness, such as the ragtime feel of “Tonight You Belong To Me” but then it gets back into the blooodiness of band who rip up their instruments without regret. Even during songs that may remind some of the charmful pop of The Partridge Family (as you may hear in “1000% Not Creepy (Weepop Version)”), you’ll play another song and it will feel like busting out the crevice of your noise full of acne. It’s that fun and just when they group will make you want to rip your eyes out and eat it, they revert into a delicate corner of the room and get slyly delicate to play with your emotions. By the end, you want to experience the unique musical changes again.

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Bunnygrunt at Broadway World

They started off twee but spent so much time on the road that they learned how to rock. The missing link between Teenage Fanclub and Teenage Wasteland, like a bat out of hell baby, Bunnygrunt was born to run. They’ve been tearing it up for years now-legends of the underground teaching the indie kids how to rock and the rockers how to weep. Fueled by the kindest dog in St. Louis, the immortal Rusty, Bunnygrunt’s spent their lives stuck in the middle of a nowhere that used to be a somewhere (the gateway to the west that’s now seen as a hateway to the rest), and you can hear it in every note of their beer-soaked, hopefully desperate and hopelessly hopeful, music.

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Bunnygrunt at Tullycraft Nation

Hey! Bunnygrunt is about to release their fifth studio album titled “Vol 4.” This is their first new album since 2009. I’m sure the title, “Vol 4,” will confuse some folks, seeing as how this is actually their fifth album. I can only assume the band is viewing this as the fourth record released by Bunnygrunt 2.0 – including the odds and ends compilation, “In The Valley Of Lonesome Phil” (2004).

Brief Bunnygrunt history: the band released two albums between 1993 – 1998. These were the years of the famous Tullycraft/Bunnygrunt tours. After a tour of Japan in December 1998, Bunnygrunt broke up. They reemerged in 2003 with a new line-up and a decidedly less twee sound (aka the post Jen Wolfe era).

Rumors are swirling that “Vol 4″ may be the band’s last album. The deluxe pre-order includes lots of Bunnygrunt goodies (drink koozie, coasters, bottle-opener keychain). The album is available in three formats: LP/CD/CS. Act fast!

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Bunnygrunt at Dagger Zine

Would anyone have thought that this St. Louis institution would still be around after their debut some two decades ago? Not sure why I would not have thought that, I guess I thought that they, like most of the indie pop bands (ahem, cuddlecore) bands back then would have just sort of drifted away. Don’t get me wrong, I like Bunnygrunt  and am glad they’re still around, Not only are they not afraid to put the pedal-to-the-metal (ie: rock out) but they’ve got a sense of humor too as the Black Sabbath parody on this cover indicates (previous record titles: Jen Fi, Karen Haters Club, Matt Harnish and Other Delights, etc.). OK, so yes, it is Matt Harnish and Karen Reid still at the helm with Neal Peart on drums (actually Eric Von Damage) on this, their 6th record and they barely take a breath here. From the opening looped cough they kick right into “Gimme Five Bucks” ok…..which was just so so, but then the next cut, “Just Like Old Times” is the Bunnygrunt I know and love. “Open My Eyes” tosses some more sand in the pick ups on Matt’s guitar and “Chunt Bump” is the closest they’ve come to the old days (as the press sheet says, “They started off twee but spent so much time on the road that they learned how to rock”). You want more (of course you do),. Check out “The Book That IW Rote,” “Frankie is a Killer” and “Still Chooglin’ (After…)” So wait……apparently the record proper has 8 songs so the other 8 (16 in all….yup, I was once a mathmatecian) are bonus tracks. Best song title: “1000% Not Creepy” (weepop version). Here’s my advice, head down to your local record shop, demand that the clerk order this and then make fun of him if he/she refuses (they deserve it). Yeah, no kiddin’ this rocks.

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Bunnygrunt at Big Takeover

St. Louis, MO garage rockers, Bunnygrunt, return with another loud, fuzzy concoction hoping to shed the “twee” tag once and for all with Black Sabbath references and even forays into krautrock.

While still melodic with a pop edge, Vol.4sports the kind of energetic rock’n‘roll that makes you want to jump up, convulse idiotically and sing along to your favorite choruses while soaked in cheap Midwestern beer. Songs like “Open My Eyes,” “I Quit, Mr. White” and “Still Chooglin’ (After All These Beers)” could be lost Killed By Death cuts, while “The Book That I Wrote” and the seven-minute “Chunt Bump” propel into the hypnotic psychedelia of Neu! and early Kraftwerk. In blatant disregard for hipster aesthetics, the CD has twice as many tracks as the vinyl, including striking covers ofCrime Squad, Warren Zevon and Red Pony Clock. It’s an all-out party from beginning to end, a brief moment when life’s realities can be forgotten with friends, alcohol and great music.

Anyone who still refers to Bunnygrunt as “twee” after this is either stuck in the past or has no clue. Turn up Vol.4 and rock out because it’s fun.

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Bunnygrunt at Scared to Dance

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Noon:30 / Tanya Donnelly / Bunnygrunt at Stereo Embers

Noon:30 – Brought to us with the description “grimy trip-hop urban post-punk,” you can imagine how instantly that got our attention. To this we’d add tribal, moody, whispering with danger, breathing with menace. The product of two young women from D.C. – Blue, vocals and bass, Aissa Arroyo-Hill, guitar and sound design – we’re pretty certain that they are at least among the more intriguing, adventurous entrants into 2015’s debut class.


Tanya Donnelly – How exciting is this? Founding member of legendary Throwing Muses, part owner of the lasting Breeders legacy and prime driver of mid-90’s juggernaut of melodic suss Belly has, if you’ve not been following, been self-releasing a series of Swan Song EPs over the past couple of years, numbered 1-5, “an ongoing series of EPs made up of collaborations with various musicians, authors, and friends,” according to a note below their Discogs listings. Swan Song the album will include many if not all of the tracks from those EPs – tracklisting was still being determined at press time – and we here at SEM couldn’t be more thrilled if Belly did a reunion gig in our front room.


Bunnygrunt – This St Louis-born  band began life as a kind of cuddly proposition but over the last 20 years have grown into an altogether different breed, casting their net wide into melodic grunge/punk, classic rock, cynical singer-songwriter fare a la Warren Zevon, and the ever-irresistible lure of power pop. Though somewhat relegated over the years to the fringes, we’re figuring that the upcoming Vol. 4 just might land them on some bigger stages. But whether that happens or not, all we can is: we’re happy!

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