Bunny's A Swine
Released: October 7, 2010
Reviewed by: Wm. Shane Ball, March 24, 2011
Hopefully, there was a time in your childhood when the excitement of just about any discovery was nearly overwhelming. Discoveries like finding a cave in the woods, a ten dollar bill on the side of the road, an abandoned house, or finally mustering the courage to talk to your grade school crush were monumental events. Literal Breakfast by Bunny's A Swine conjures that very feeling. The feeling that you've found something innocent, important, and hidden.
While you may not realize it, Bunny's A Swine might actually be discovering you as well. The opener, "I Should Have Left the Bushes Hours Ago", is a tale of the quiet type voyeur begging the object of his desire, "Please do not shut out your inside light". Maybe it's the gentle strum of the guitar or the mumbled, coed vocals, but this perverted act doesn't come off as perverted. As a matter of fact, it's almost as if the subject knows she's being watched and doesn't mind giving a lesson in delicate anatomy to a boy on the cusp of young manhood.
There's a youthful quality to the lyrical content on this album that's refreshing. Not that the lyrics are poorly written or juvenile, but that they sound adventurous, succinct and clever. Lyrics like, "Honesty's a burden when someone goes to far" on "Fuck Graph" are cocooned in a slightly reverberated guitar and slightly muted drums that belie the precision of the lyric. "I think that I see and I know I think I know everything" is a tongue twister, but once understood, is immediately relatable. It's actually pretty amazing that they use the holiest of holy curse words in two of their song titles and a few of their songs in such an un-offensive way, like a kid repeating the word "shit" because he heard it on the television, and everybody in the room laughs.
Literal Breakfast is your reverie on your childhood discoveries. It is your found cave and your tree fort. Bunny's A Swine is a much welcome break from predictability. They package intelligent, poignant lyrics in accessible, straight forward instrumentation. This is music for new lovers and regretful heartbreakers. And, if nothing else, it is music for people who like to spy on their neighbors.
"I Should Have Left the Bushes Hours Ago"
"Fuck Bunny's a Swine"
Modest Mouse,Velvet Underground
Emerson Stevens: Vocals,Guitar(3 string)
Candace Clement: Guitar,Vocals
Dustin Ashley Cote: Drums,Percussion
Formed: 2008, Northampton,Massachusetts,USA