Motobunny is a band that came about from the convergence of The Love Me Nots and The Woolly Bandits. The band has been getting some good attention from radio stations like KEXP in Seattle, and it’s pretty easy to see why. This band creates some infectious melodies that are sure to lodge themselves in your brain and have you singing along.
“The Other Side” is a song that could just as easily have been a song by The Love Me Nots. It has a similar garage sound in both the guitar and the keyboards. It also has lyrics delivered in short bursts by Nicole Laurenne. The sound is a bit brighter than The Love Me Nots. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself singing the chorus out loud (complete with all the da-das) wherever you are.
The bright sound is prominent throughout the album – to the point that you could call this garage-pop. “Shake Me” is a perfect example of this. In fact, when you think about the pop aspect of this song, you’ll think more about Motown (especially with the guitar in the chorus and the bass line throughout) than any pop being produced today. In particular, this song seems to be a small nod to The Jackson 5.
This album is filled with catchy songs – perhaps none catchier than “Let’s Go Out”. It’s pretty easy to imagine the entire crowd bouncing, moving, and singing along when the band plays this one live. In fact, this one seems like it could cross over and be just as successful in a dance club as in a rock club.
Perhaps the best example of the garage sound on the album are “Motobunny” and “Apocalypse Twist”. Motobunny is about a woman “with two speeds – fast and faster”. The tempo of the song definitely suits the subject matter. This song is less than two and a half minutes of rock and roll mayhem that you will love. “Apocalypse Twist” is another short, uptempo tune that brings bands like The Detroit Cobras and Gore Gore Girls to mind.
This is a solid debut album filled with songs that are sure to be hits. You wouldn’t be wrong to expect big things from this band. That’s one good reason to get this debut album – so you can say you’ve been with the band from the beginning. Motobunny is available now from Rusty Knuckles Music.