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Nobunny

Nobunny: Love VisionsLove Visions (2008)
1-2-3-4! Go Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5
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Contributed by: BryneBryne
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I usually hate gimmick acts; even the good ones seem to have an extremely tenuous replay value. The novelty behind a guy in a rabbit mask and no pants dancing around -- I use the term 'dancing' loosely -- while performing songs through a carrot microphone seems weak in theory, doesn't it? But thi.
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I usually hate gimmick acts; even the good ones seem to have an extremely tenuous replay value. The novelty behind a guy in a rabbit mask and no pants dancing around -- I use the term 'dancing' loosely -- while performing songs through a carrot microphone seems weak in theory, doesn't it?

But this guy, Nobunny, he rips. The music on Love Visions isn't even that good or played all that well, but this lack of craftsmanship almost endears itself to the listener, whirling us back to the time when punk began, with every note played in a quick, haphazardly fashion, the way we used to like it.

As previously mentioned, Nobunny's influences are unabashedly classic, and he wears them on his furry ears like badges of pride. One listen to his unsophisticated croon on either "Tina Goes to Work" or "Not That Good" ought to cause visions of the late, great Joey Ramone to dance in your head, while the swanky attitude behind "Nobunny Loves You" and especially "Boneyard" make them sound as if a Swedish garage rock band in matching suits should be performing them. And the 64-second "Mess Me Up" is straight-up bubblegum, with a perfectly catchy vocal pattern and hackneyed lyrics concerning heartbreak over distorted guitars.

Speaking of distortion, it's everywhere on Love Visions. The disjointed pop-punk of "I Know I Know" is caked in it, giving the song the feel of a four-track bedroom recording. Same goes for the upbeat "Don't Know Don't Care" -- the vocals here sound like they were recorded in a separate room.

The real jewel of Love Visions is "Chuck Berry Holiday," a soulful track with a whimsical piano part as well a barrage of guitars that would excite any regular Marty McFly, all clanking underneath Nobunny's loud, confident wail. Who knows if Mr. Berry has heard the song; if so, I'd like to think he'd get a kick out of it.

On Love Visions, Nobunny just goes to show you that good songs trump silly gimmicks eight days a week and will continue to do so until the end of time. Now where did I put my pants?

 

 
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bigwig1022 (March 6, 2009)

so fucking stupid

Jason_Diamond (January 14, 2009)

Fun live show.

branden (January 14, 2009)

the songs on the myspace are pretty cool, and that cover art is hilarious.

theonetruebill (January 14, 2009)

I picked this up after listening to the stream and absolutely love it.

keithybobeefy (January 13, 2009)

It's actually Max Bemis underneath that bunny mask.

joemomma420666 (January 13, 2009)

score is for demolition man

mikexdude (January 13, 2009)

Fucker took my shtick.

Dante3000 (January 13, 2009)

Glad this got a positive review. I was gonna review it but I hadn't gotten to it.
Remember the awful movie Demolition Man? Remember how all the music they had in the future were old commercials? Now take that, but instead of old jingles it was baskets of old, lo-fi garage rock mixtapes, complete with tape warp, odd cuts and strange rewinds.
Now picture someone from this future that exists with no music other than these baskets of tapes decides to recreate the music he loves so much, with no knowledge of musical changes, trends or advancements, just a pure love of this music. That's Nobunny. Even though some of the lyrics are sill, you don't groan and roll your eyes, you smile because it all comes across with such joy and pure enthusiasm that even corny lyrics seem heartfelt.
-Dante

nocigar (January 13, 2009)

Can't stand the vocals, this guy looks like a circus clown.

mattramone (January 13, 2009)

I'm not digging it.

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