Buffalo’s The Bunny The Bear are one of the more recent bands to have joined the group of controversial and subjected to continuous hate across the board acts. This is mainly due to several reasons any hater would explain: their band name, the masks they wear, and some being as blunt as just saying their music is terrible.
Admittedly, the brand of music they create is somewhat of an acquired taste and the title of last year’s full-length ‘If You Don’t Have Anything Nice To Say…’ was sort of a middle-finger to the nay sayers. Now, less than a year following its release, TBTB have already finished up and released its follow-up, ‘The Stomach For It’.
Unlike the previous outing, ‘The Stomach For It’ is free from their more ballad-esque numbers, like ‘C’est Pas Si Loin’ and has a bit more of a driven punk ethos about it all. The band are hitting it hard from start to finish, straight from the slow build-up of opener ‘Congregation’ to the closing seconds of ‘It Kills Me’.
Matt Tybor (or, The Bunny) has ditched the high-pitched screaming for the most part and has instead opted for a more erratic and uncontrollable yell, showing its strongest moment in lead single and probably best track, ‘Lonely, Lonely, Lonely’. Chris Hutka (or, The Bear) has an even high registered clean than before, which although impressive can become a bit grating after a little while. There finally seems to be more of a balance between the two, with before Chris taking the driving seat most of the time vocally.
Though the slightly more punk edge of the album is a welcome change, it also leads to most of the tracks sounding interchangeable and too much alike. Some of the hooks are strong, but ultimately a lot of the songs lack character. The guys need to cut down more on the synth too, sometimes confusing up the mix and at times making the tracks a little schizophrenic and confusing, moving from one extreme to another.
The Bunny The Bear are going to recruit some new fans with this, but probably a bunch more haters to the army too. There’s definite progression here and credit should be given for the band’s constant fast turn around with new material. Though, this might act as a crutch too, delivering albums that may sound a little premature and showing the band evolve in little chunks than in lengths. Still, give ‘Lonely, Lonely, Lonely’, ‘All Birds’ and ‘Breeze’ a spin. If none of them do it for you, you’re probably best avoiding these guys all together for now.
Written by Zach Redrup