2008 – present (9 years)
Tunabunny are an American experimental/ powerpop band from Athens, Georgia. Since forming five years ago, the two-girl, two-boy collective - Mary Jane Hassell, Brigette Herron, Scott Creney and newest addition to the line-up Jesse Stinnard - have been fairly sporadic when it comes to releasing music. However, with a focus that's firmly fixed on quality rather than quantity, none of their half-dozen or so records to date has failed to hit the spot as it were.
Having signed to Mike Turner's (of Athens Popfest fame) Happy Happy Birthday To Me imprint in 2010, Tunabunny put out their self-titled debut LP in the same year. Raw and uncompromising, it hinted at the promise which was to come 12 months later in the shape of the excellent Minima Moralia. Although primarily linked together with the post-riot grrrl/C86 revivalists scene, the depth of songwriting evident on the likes of 'Subterranean' and '(Song For My) Solar Sister' suggested they were a band whose creative impetus was on the increase at a rate of knots.
But then as so often happens, a lack of media hype and publicity meant those first two records disappeared largely unnoticed. Instead, it took a co-headline tour with the sadly now-departed Shrag last year to remind people why Tunabunny were so highly regarded in the first instance, with several of the songs played during those shows being works in progress for their hugely anticipated (in some quarters) third album. Certainly the difference between the more familiar Minima… material and the newer songs was there for all to see.
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