Having turned in three albums in just as many years, it should surprise few that year four has brought the Tunabunny’s fourth album. And what a beauty this one is.
The 14 songs that make up ‘Kingdom Technology’ are a little more pop than some of their earlier efforts, but still crammed with plenty of experimentation making this arguably their most accessible album to date.
The Athens, Georgia-based foursome were kind enough to take some questions from Innocent Words recently. Brigette Adair Herron handled the responses, but assured us that the whole band gathered around the keyboard to answer the queries as a collective.
Innocent Words: It’s been almost a year since your last record. Are you going through a particularly creative spell, or were some of these songs written for the last record?
Brigette Adair Herron: Since we started making records, our going rate has been about a record per year. We’ve had four records so far (including a few singles and tracks for compilations interspersed during this time), and each one has taken about a year to complete as a finished “album.” I guess that’s sort of the rate at which we work. Although it never feels like work, because we genuinely love making records and music together. We always have a surplus of songs that don’t make it onto albums, so look out for our unreleased tracks album in 2016.
IW: This new record sounds pretty different than ‘Genius Fatigue.’ Was that a conscious decision?
Herron: Creativity sometimes works best when you give equal time to both your conscious and subconscious impulses. All of our records sound different. We never actively try to sound different or the same, but we are always conscious of the fact that we like the way it sounds. That’s the only requirement. Themes are important, but that should really be left up the listener. Sometimes I hate to hear an artist’s interpretation of their own work. I think it’s better to hand that power over to the listener or music critic. What’s there is already there, now it’s your turn! Though the work may be finite, we welcome an infinity of opinions.
IW: How does the band usually write music? Do you all write together in one place, or do you bring in songs pretty much mapped out to the rest of the group?
Herron: How does the band write music? With absolute freedom. Creating this ‘Kingdom Technology’ was more like creating a sculpture than sitting down to paint a landscape. We threw some clay on the ground and everybody got a knife.
IW: What’s next for the band?
Herron: What’s next? I wish I knew! Our most immediate plans are to continue on as we always have – getting together to play and record music and having fun. If it’s economically feasible and people want us to come play where they live, we will consider doing that too.