ALBUM: The Bunny The Bear – Food Chain

Release Date: March 18th, 2014
Label: Victory Records
Website: None available
Facebook: www.facebook.com/thebunnythebear
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Originating from Buffalo, New York City, The Bunny The Bear are a post-hardcore band that mixes electronicore and synth-pop in with the hardcore themes. The band is primarily compromised of Matthew Tybor (aka The Bunny) and Chris Hutka (aka The Bear); Tybor employs the screamed vocals into the music as well as writes and composes all of the songs and lyrics, whilst Hutka performs the clean vocals.

The overall theme of ‘Food Chain’ varies from track to track; one track can contain waves of electronia with an assault of screamed vocals over the top of it, and the next track can be straight up pop-punk. However, the two main approaches that can be picked out from the LP are the hardcore vocals and the synthesised sounds from keyboards and samplers. These can often be mixed very well, but it just as often acts as a difficult transition to go to and from in a single track.

For example, the one-two punch of the opening two tracks (‘Food Chain’ and ‘The Seeds We Sow’) are explosive, but have their opposing sounds. The former opens with a full on attack of growled vocals and dissonant guitars, while the latter leans more to the pop-punk side of things but also features the growled vocals heard on the former. On the track ‘Pale Green Eyes’ some dubstep sounds are thrown into the mix, with the guitar mimicking the stop/start sounds a DJ would make on a dubstep track.

When the band leans towards the pop-punk part of their formula, they can be likened to early era You Me At Six, with elements of dance floor synth and throat-shredding vocals as well. These can be heard on ‘First Met You’, which is one of the easiest songs to listen to on the record, as it doesn’t try to cram loads of genres into its three minute running time.

While ‘Food Chain’ has some good parts, a fair bit of it can be faulted. Songs like ‘Flying Like A Bird’ is something that can only be described as a cluster-fuck; it smashes together sounds that should never have met in the first place into a dissonant mess of noise that proves to be a very unsettling listen. Maybe if The Bunny The Bear strip some of these electronic and screams back just a little bit, this record could’ve been a far better and more fulfilling listen.

Written by Ewan MacDonald