Like buying your first car, listening to Nobunny is one of the greatest life experiences you can set aside for yourself. The man’s music has been hibernating since 1967 and somehow emerged in the form of an unnervingly creepy bunny mask wearing axe slinger. Songs like “Chuck Berry Holiday” would’ve fit right in during the fuzzy garage era, but the man behind the mask growls like an axe wielder from a horror film. Creepy? Sure. Effective? Absolutely.
On his MySpace spage, he cites West Virginia wild man Hasil Adkins as an influence, alongside The Ramones, The Cramps, Fred Rogers (Nobunny does have a twisted kind of kids’ appeal), and The Dead Milkmen. Every influence makes sense.
Beyond everything in his sound, Nobunny makes no frills, incredible rock ‘n’ roll, with just a touch of crazy in there somewhere. Add a drum machine and you’ve struck oil.
Nobunny – “Boneyard” (from Love Visions)
Nobunny will play the Empty Bottle on Sept. 28 with the Box Elders, Hunx & His Punx, and Jay Reatard. Here’s his list.
1) Millie Small – “I’m In Love Again” (from My Boy Lollipop) – “Fifteen-year-old Jamaican firecracker bursting with joy! She will cute you to death! ‘Eeny meeny meeny miney mo!'”
2) King Tuff – “Connection” (from Was Dead) – “Best song of the year from the best album of the year. Anyone who says otherwise is to be treated as a suspect.”
3) King Louie & The Loose Diamonds – “She’s Losing Her Hair” (from Memphis Treet) – “S’kinda goofy, but kinda beautiful. One hundred percent sweet jam.”
4) Snake Flower 2 – “Not This Time” (from Renegade Daydream) – “Epic smooth/psych/pop from Matthew Melton and Co.”
5) Smokey Robinson and The Miracles – “You Can Depend On Me” (from The Ultimate Collection: Smokey Robinson and The Miracles) – “Better than heroin.”