Root Of It All: Blonde Bunny
From stunning falsettos to vibrant melodies, Blonde Bunny are one of a kind. Consisting of Toby, Alexander, The RZ and and Bigg Wisdom, the London four-piece never fail to impress and connect with the audience every time they get on stage or release new material online. Carving a musical repertoire that people would instantly recognise is not an easy thing to do as a band, but with their music along the lines of melodramatic-pop and prog rock, Blonde Bunny have managed to acquire a unique sound that stands out.
After a few singles here and there, the band have finally released their stunning debut record Blonde Bunny Worldwide 100, with standouts songs like Your Show, The Baby and Emo Song. It's always so exciting to listen to any band's debut record and we couldn't be happier when Blonde Bunny released their long-awaited LP. It's been a while since we last saw them play, and we're really looking forward to catching them at their headline show at Moth Club on 16 April for a special Easter bank holiday performance. Ahead of the show, we caught up with the band to dive into the influences behind their new record and learn more about the elements that have inspired their sound.
Joni Mitchell - Blue
The songs on our album Blonde Bunny Worldwide 100 were made around 3 years ago when we were 21/22 years old, so I've tried to think back and pick key things that were really inspiring at the time. One of those things was Joni Mitchell's Blue. Everything Joni Mitchell did in the 70s was fascinating but it was this record that really did something to me before her other work. The way she constructed her vocal melodies gave me a whole new perspective on how I could use my voice. I think Blue is forever a deeply personal record for anyone who finds it when things aren't looking so sunny.
Kate Bush - Hounds of Love
On both Hounds of Love and The Dreaming, Kate Bush went a bit wild with the production as she was officially taking over the hot-seat for the first time. The sound of Hounds of Love is such an odd and unique one and is almost jarring when played next to a record with your sort of fail-safe by-the-book production. I found comfort in this when I was mixing our album - I desperately didn't want it to sound lo-fi but I also knew it was never going to sound like a perfectly-recorded big-budget affair. In all honesty, our album wasn't recorded well at all - it was done in a tiny bedroom, drums-and-all, and rectified in the mix. But the result kind of exists in it's own world, and Hounds of Love basically stopped me from scrapping everything and starting all over again.
King Crimson - In The Court of the Krimson King
This is the quintessential prog album and the album that everyone claiming to hate prog-rock should immediately listen to. Several different eras of Crimson inspired and continues to inspire our music. I guess on our first album, you can hear elements of Robert Fripp in some of the guitar-work and the use of Mellotron.
This is a 1992 horror film Alex and I watched several times before and during the making of our album. It's got a very cool aesthetic and the Philip Glass soundtrack is amazing. The actual film itself is pretty effective on a scale of settling to unsettling - it's fairly terrible in parts but hugely enjoyable overall. You can see the influence of this film's special effects all over London today if you look in the window of any kebab shop.
Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works Volume II
Pretty self-explanatory but Aphex Twin is a huge inspiration in terms of mood and sound choice. This particular release was a point of reference for background textures on the album.
Scott Walker - Climate Of Hunter
Scott Walker made this magical record in the 80s which was basically the sound of 'The Electrician' from the Walker Brothers' Nite Flights but stretched across a whole album. The mesmeric moments underlined by the slightly discordant tone of this was definitely an inspiration and I won't pretend Scott Walker isn't one of my favourite Baritone singers.
Prince - Sign O' The Times
While not my favourite Prince record as a whole, I think Sign O' The Times has a few of his greatest moments on it. I listened to this album quite a bit when still in the songwriting stage and found inspiration in the way his voice moved all over the shop. I don't think there's really any room left to be a monotonous, characterless vocalist, but with that comes the assertion you'll attract and repel audiences in equal measure. I think that's an idea it's worth getting comfortable with. I know I'm not Prince but I also know I'm not boring.
Pink Floyd - Live at Pompeii
Specifically the Director's Cut DVD version from 2003 that has all the terribly-misguided but very charming budget-3D stoner visuals added in afterwards. We used to watch this with friends and as a band on an almost-weekly basis in a flat that had a plastic cereal bowl sellotaped over the smoke alarm. I'd say it's one of our greatest ambitions to, one of these days, do a ridiculous concert film in the vein of Live at Pompeii.
Blonde Bunny headline Moth Club to celebrate their debut album Blonde Bunny Worldwide 100 on 16 April. RSVP here