“When the TV’s gone, will you like me better?” Emerson Stevens and Candace Clement question nonchalantly at a fast pace, alongside pleasantly grinding guitar strums with a pinch of twang. “TV” is Side A of Bunny’s A Swine‘s new 7″ release, TR-06-AA, that the Northampton, Massachusetts band recorded, mixed, and produced with Justin Pizzoferrato at Sonelab in Easthampton.
“TV” is the golden side of the 7″ that serves as a rich introduction for new listeners of Bunny’s A Swine. The song opens with a bright chord progression matched with Stevens’ and Clement’s swapping vocals. The initial set of lyrics captures the theme of the song–the state of being caught in the middle of life, of a relationship, where things have to move forward and change, but it would just be so much easier to stick with the familiar–to stay safe. “We wake up exhausted from our dreams (go on) / And we don’t want to get out of the bed / But if we keep sleeping through the days, (when you go) / We won’t ever get paid again…” the two sing.
And soon, the drums (played by Dustin Cote) pick up and the refrain begins. “When the TV’s gone, will you like me better?” is admittedly not that genius of a line, but it sounds so good when Bunny’s A Swine repeats it again and again in “TV,” especially during the last line, when Stevens drags it out and says, “Will you like me?” The way he hangs on to the word “me” sounds so fantastically Pavement/Modest Mouse-esque. The background guitar work could in fact have easily fit somewhere in Modest Mouse’s Everywhere And His Nasty Parlour Tricks EP. “TV” ‘s refrain soon bleeds into the chorus and then into the next verse…sadly, there are only two verse/refrain/chorus sections in the song, and it all ends before it gets too crazy as Stevens grows more energetic during the second go. Maybe a third round would have been too much for the song? The listener will never know. Perhaps this quick curtail is the result of the band’s Guided By Voices influence, GBV being known for its two-minute teasers.
If TR-06-AA‘s Side A was fit for a golden morning drive on the countryside in a pickup truck, Side B is meant for hangtime in the chicken coop. The coop of the music industry, that is. There’s some dirty twang in Side B’s “Greetings From the Bottom,” as the band sings about the messy state of the music industry: “Greetings from the bottom of the food chain / No sir, there’s not a problem / It’s just, sometimes / We complain.”
The twang within “Greetings From the Bottom” deserves to be depicted in a “review” of this kind. The first stanza of the song would actually look like this, if it accurately represented the band’s stylistic delivery: “Greetinggggssssss from the bottommmmmm of the fooooooooood chain! / NO SIR!! There’s not a problemmmmmm / It’s just, sooooooometimessssssss / We complainnn!”
“Greetings From the Bottom” is a short sucker of a song, with an atypical structure that goes verse/verse/refrain/chorus/refrain. Then the song’s over at around three minutes, but not before growing into a powerful, twangy convulsion. Apparently Cote’s pretty pissed at the music industry too, because he drums louder and louder at the end until the song drops off.
Just as both tracks were short snippets of the band’s full potential, so is the 7″ as a whole. Songs with this kind of energy are contagious and are not meant to be played in pairs forever, which is why it’s exciting that Bunny’s A Swine has announced a full-length record due out in June on TinyRadars. If you’re a new listener, no worries–the band has three past releases that are also worth a listen.