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Nobunny: First BloodFirst Blood (2010)
Goner

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For the uninitiated, Nobunny is something of a gimmick. He wears a bunny mask during performances (often with little else covering his body), and his bandmates often wear little poofy bunny tails when they perform. Yet behind what at first glance is a bubblegum rock novelty act is a pretty special t.
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For the uninitiated, Nobunny is something of a gimmick. He wears a bunny mask during performances (often with little else covering his body), and his bandmates often wear little poofy bunny tails when they perform. Yet behind what at first glance is a bubblegum rock novelty act is a pretty special talent manages to combine garage punk with classic artists like Chuck Berry into a poppy, garage-tinged sound that is undeniably some good, old-fashioned rock 'n' roll.

That Nobunny manages keep his sense of humor on these songs certainly works in his favour. Whether it's repeating lines from Green Day's "Longview" in his own masturbation love letter called "(Do the) Fuck Yourself," or lamenting his inability to be interested in a relationship in "Ain't It a Shame," the album is certainly a lighthearted romp. Just like the old-school rock 'n' roll idols that Nobunny loves so much, the disc rarely deviates from its primary focus on women and relationships, but such topics fit the music extremely well.

Unlike many of his fellow garage-rockers, however, Nobunny manages to show a good deal of variety. Rather than just blaze through every song with heaps of distortion (though he does that on "Gone for Good"), the album has many great slower tracks as well, like "Pretty Please Me" and "Breathe." He also does Ramones worship better than most, as particularly evident on "Motorhead with Me."

Though it's a step up from his previous LP Love Visions, the album isn't without its faults. It loses steam towards the end, wearing out its welcome a little sooner than an album that clocks in under 25 minutes should. Nevertheless, First Blood is one of the most fun albums you'll hear this year, and another strong set of songs from one of the best live performers around.

 

 
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bud_boomer (November 9, 2010)

this record is great!

JayTee (November 7, 2010)

Usually when people say "gimmick", they mean "Cool shit I wish I'd thought of first".

FaithIsForFools (November 4, 2010)

What a fucking joke...

johngentile (November 3, 2010)

This album is pretty good. I especially liked the peppier songs at the beginning, as well as the "Bozo show."

anyone else remeber that show? I believe it was on lat like 600am Saturday and had a real public access feel to it.

Sliced-T (November 3, 2010)

I've only heard this once, but it sounded like a lot more concise project than Love Visions. Like, Love Visions was more of a collection of great songs than an album. Nobunny is one of the better garage bands going these days. Thumbs up!

thegreatestmanalive (November 3, 2010)

sexiest man in rock and roll

RadToTheMax (November 3, 2010)

I thought Love Visions was perfect and at first this album threw me for a loop but, hoo boy, I have learned to love again thanks to this album. Nobunny is rock'n'roll at its finest.

alpod4 (November 3, 2010)

Love Visions is a lot better than this imo, but it's all right. "Breathe" is my favorite song. this album might grow on me though.

hey_ska (November 2, 2010)

Still like Love Visions better but this album is goooooooood.

Half_Idiot (November 2, 2010)

Definite top 15 of the year material, might even like it better than Love Visions. The "Brace Face" 7" that just came out is real good too. Despite a lot of people seeing this as only a gimmick thing, the guy's a classic garage pop songwriter.

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