My first exposure to the Athens band Tunabunny was at a live show. I had no idea who they were much less that they were a part of the line-up that night. This is where my habit of getting there early paid off because when their set was over I was impressed by the music that penetrated my ears. Classic guitar hooks dominated catchy tunes loaded with pop infused melodies delivered with a punk attitude by the double vocal attack of Brigette Herron and Mary Jane Hassell. After partaking in their live performance the logical thing to do was to further expose my ears to Tunabunny’s music, which led me to Genius Fatigue.
The latest release from Tunabunny is a damn fine exhibition in pop/rock music. Pop melodies wind their way through fuzzy guitars and chunky rhythms as Herron & Hassell belt out catchy lyrics that keep the songs from venturing into musical chaos. Tracks such as “Slackjawed”, “Hollywood, Unincorporated” and “Duchess For Nothing” are perfect cross sections of Tunabunny’s musical abilities. The songs “Airplanes In Echelon” and “You Do What You Want” are raw and loud. The music is loud and grading but kept in check by sweet vocals. Highlighting the record is “Pachyderm, Fallen” with pounding drums leading the way the listener is taken through a musical landscape of feedback, distortion and varied noises. The tune is pulled together with rowdy guitar licks and wailing vocals. This song has a taste of everything that is good about Tunabunny’s music.
The music on Genius Fatigue is infectious and will have you hooked from the first guitar lick. The more I listen to the record the more I hear similarities to classic Atlanta bands Insane Jane & Magnapop. If you dig good pop tunes that can get heavy and loud then this record is something you should listen to. Crank it up loud and enjoy the tunes of Tunabunny.