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The Bunny The Bear on Genre-Mashing and Breaking the Mold

The Bunny The Bear push boundaries with their brand of genre-mashing. The Bunny The Bear push boundaries with their brand of genre-mashing.

The Bunny The Bear will not be everyone’s cup of tea. The Buffalo, New York band pummels listeners with a mixture of electro-pop and metalcore, thereby alienating most fans of either genre. But if you’re ready for something different, if you’re ready to smash some boundaries, then get ready for a mind-bending combo of high-pitched hooks and brutally heavy breakdowns. You’re either gonna love ‘em or hate ‘em. And they’re cool with that.

We recently caught up with lead vocalist and songwriter, Matt Tybor (aka The Bunny) to talk about his band’s unique place in the musical landscape and their debut full-length album, If You Don’t Have Anything Nice To Say…, which came out this year on Victory Records.

RosebudMag: When I first heard the new record, I was immediately struck by it. The band is an interesting concept. How did the sound develop, or was it something you knew you wanted from the start?

Matt: Sound wise I just knew I wanted to do something different. I hate how a lot of bands, even big bands, sound the same. I wanted to do something a little more experimental and have fun. I write all the music on keyboards, so I think the sound is unique because it’s written electronically and then translated to real instruments. A lot of bands are using electronics now and screaming and trying to be heavy, but it’s not like we write a heavy song and try to throw a dancey part in to be weird; it’s all rooted in electronics.

RosebudMag: The effect of the really poppy electro stuff with super heavy elements is almost jarring, but it definitely works if you’re attuned to it. What do you think the effect is of having such catchy, dancey parts mixed with the heavy stuff?

Matt: It’s hard for me to talk about because I don’t hear anything weird in the music when I listen to it. I know that most people hate us at first, and it takes them a few times listening through to understand it maybe. I don’t see that in there. Maybe it’s because I write it. Even other guys in the band tell me they don’t understand it. I don’t think I want to really understand what people think their first time hearing it because it might affect the way I write.

RosebudMag: You’re mashing up genres that, not only aren’t people used to hearing them mixed, but fans of one are not usually fans of another.

Matt: One of the main ideas behind this band is opening up people’s minds a bit. I think people should be less defensive when it comes to their personal favorite genres. There’s a lot of music that I don’t like, too, but I think every genre has its place. Tastes are personal though, so I guess a lot of people will hear us and think the way I think when I hear something I don’t like.

RosebudMag: But clearly you’ve been finding fans, too. Are you happy with how things are going?

Matt: I’m extremely happy with it. Our fan base has been growing extensively. I don’t understand it. It’s awesome. It’s cool seeing how fast things have been taking off.

RosebudMag: How important is the visual element for this project, both live and in videos?

Matt: It’s one of the most important elements. Videos have been important for us. Even before a label came along, we put out a new video every two or three months. And live, it’s important, too. I’ve always wanted this band to be more of an experience, more of an actual show, as opposed to just going to see a band.

RosebudMag: What should people expect when they come to see you live?

Matt: It’s pretty hectic. We go all out. It’s fun to see some big ass dude bouncing around in a bear mask singing high as hell and a little turd in a bunny mask going whacky and doing some crazy stuff. We play every show like it was our last show. Even if you hate us, expect to be entertained.

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The Bunny The Bear video for Ocean Floor, from their new Victory Records full length album.
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Happy is a regular contributor to RosebudMag.com and has written for various other publications, including Black Belt, Inside Hockey, and FoxSports.com. He transitioned to life as a writer following a decade-long career as a touring musician. He lives with his son in Vancouver, British Columbia

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