Hopping along with Black Bunny.
Block Magazine: Feature Article by Cameron Brindise
Rest assured these boys can circle skin and bones with rope, keeping you still, resting you easy. With the likes of Radiohead, Wilco and The Flaming Lips, Brandon Wilde & Chris Foley create music for the best of us.
Having already recorded their last two albums with former band THISWAY produced by David Kahne (Sublime, Paul McCartney, The Strokes) and Ken Nelson (Gomez, Coldplay), there upcoming work in progress said to be released in 2008 should be better then ever. These guys really have something here. The sweet and the tough are mixed together in a way that makes the music really get to you. Take a small second to figure out what with what makes a bunny groan.
DESERT HEAT QUESTIONS:
BLOCK: You name an epic list of influences. Do you feel like you are influenced by everything you've ever listened to - as in you have no chance, you are just affected? Or can you weed through, like selective listening powers?
BLACK BUNNY: I think that some of Black Bunnies influences are more apparent then others. I think I'm influenced by everything in the sense that some music inspires me and some music shows me what not to do. There's plenty of music out there that I have no interest in whatsoever and I do my best to keep my ears free and clear.
BLOCK: What do you think about Williamsburg? Bedford Avenue hipness? Leather jackets and cowboy boots?
BLACK BUNNY: What I like about Williamsburg is that it's cheaper than living in Manhattan and yet it's still close enough to the pulse of the city. Lots of people who hang around Bedford Avenue have that bohemian vibe going on and I'm totally fine with that. Williamsburg hipsters of the male persuasion look like they're right out of Oasis or the Strokes. I'd rather see that fashion etiquette than a bunch of kaki wearing yuppies any day. I don't really have an opinion on leather jackets but I think that when people tuck their pants into cowboy boots it looks funny.
INTO THE WESTERN FRONTIER:
BLOCK: In two of your songs, you talk of "nowhere to hide." In Butterfly , you say, "You've got nowhere to run, nowhere to hide" and in Love Unknown , you say, "You've got nowhere to hide when you look inside." Can you explain why there is nowhere to hide these days?
BLACK BUNNY: I think there are plenty of people hiding in various forms across the globe. People put on fronts all the time. A protective outer shell is something that is sometimes necessary. However, the characters that I write about are sometimes willing to take the risk and dig deeper within themselves.
BLOCK: In Digital Bystander the chorus says, "Don't you get lost in all those plastic heroes," What are your 'plastic heroes?'
BLACK BUNNY: Certain political leaders, some celebrities in film and TV, and various mainstream artists. People that have tremendous influence over others and appear hollow at their core.
BLOCK: Also you have a song called Hero that talks of not having to be everybody's hero. "You shouldn't have to feed everybody's ego, you shouldn't have to be what you don't want to be." What drives this reaction of constantly having to please others?
BLACK BUNNY: I think we're molded over time into believing that we must always try to please others, say the right thing. People will tell you that they want to hear the truth or an honest criticism and most of the time they really don't. Hero was written in reaction to how exhausting it gets always telling people what they want to hear.
BLOCK: A line you repeat and get louder/more intense with is "Let's make it right" in Digital Bystander . This sounds like a damn Gonzo revolution, a resistance...can you envision this further?
BLACK BUNNY: This is a big question. My revolution might sound naive to many people. First off I don't believe in war. People killing one another because they're told to do so? It doesn't make any sense. I think presidents should get in a boxing ring and duke it out the old fashioned way.
A Black Bunny is...happy to be making music
Articles presented with permission from Block Magazine and can be found in their monthly section of Uproar.