Tuesday 9 April 2013

Interview time with Matthew Tybor- The Bunny the Bear

The Bunny the Bear is an eclectic mixture of Post-Hardcore electronic fury that at times is very hard to classify. Formed in 2008 the band has always went against the waves, in a time where band 'A' looks and feels just like bands B through Z, The Bunny the Bear brings new life into the ears of their fans.

With a new album coming out next week and constant touring to support it, Matthew Tybor somehow found time to remove the bunny mask and answer a couple questions for us.

Check out a very twisted video for "Lonely" before you check the interview out!

1. Let us start with the basics, who are you and where are you from?
- THE BUNNY - My name is Matthew Tybor and I'm from Buffalo, NY.

2. What role do you play in 'The Bunny the Bear' and why did you choose this?
 THE BUNNY - I'm one of two live vocalists and the projects primary songwriter.

3. What is the story behind the name 'The Bunny the Bear' and what's up with the masks? I won't lie, they are a little creepy! 
- THE BUNNY - Haha, are they?! Well, honestly… it was just all a spur of the moment random idea. To be straight, I just wanted to do something a tad different and I'm a very impulsive person, I have ideas and I just do things, without fully thinking them through, haha. I just wanted to start a band called "THE BUNNY THE BEAR", write weird music and run around in a plastic bunny mask and I went for it.

Maybe it's just his gaze which is creepy.
 4. The music itself spans multiple genres, at times making it hard to narrow down. In your own words how would you describe your sound?
 THE BUNNY - Bipolar. Haha. Inconsistent and fun.

5. You are the primary song writer correct?What is the usual process behind a 'the Bunny the Bear' song?
 THE BUNNY - I honestly just get in one of my moods and write. I pull out a keyboard or open up my Mac and just do what comes naturally. I have never believed that writing music or creating any kind of art should be a dreadful pre thought process. I think it needs to be emotional and natural, just flow, and that’s what happens. I just write some piano and go from there, building and building. Melodies and lyrics always come 2nd.

6. Due to having so many elements within your music, I would assume your inspirations are all over the map. What or who do you think lends the most artistic inspiration to the band?
 THE BUNNY - I couldn't say. I listen to bands like Chicago, Brand New, Say Anything… I still, to this day, look for similarities and can't find many, it’s strange, haha. I really just think it's more of an emotional inspiration that drives me, combined with the blender full my favorite aspects of bands I've loved at one time or another growing up. I can't just pick one out.

7. When you first exploded on the scene back in 2010 most critics didn't know how to handle your music. How important is it to be original? and is the importance worth the risk of 'not fitting the standard'?
 THE BUNNY - I wouldn't go as far as saying we're 'original', I really don't think anything fully is anymore. But I do believe that my writing brings a new outlook on mixing genres, more of a No Rules kind of thing. And I'm proud of it. I think it's a slight change that I wish I heard more of with most bands today. I don't TRY to write that way, it's all natural writing. But yea, I really don't know how to address that. For all I know I'll start writing the next album and it will be something that’s been done 1000 times before, haha. I sure hope not, but I just let my emotions and inspirations carry me, the direction of my writing always changes, like me. No single person is exactly the same as someone else. Why do some many bands go out of their way to fit a specific scene or cookie cut mold? I really don't know. I just wish more people would let their art create itself, I suppose.

8. Let's talk about the new album, 'Stories'. How does it compare to your previous albums?
- THE BUNNY - Honestly, I'd say it’s not as messy and spastic. Writing this time, track to track, seemed to have stayed within some invisible box. Every song doesn't sound the same, but I think the tracks fit together a tad more than previous releases; it's not so all over the place. 

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9. Has it turned out the way you were anticipating? or did you have some bumps in the road?
 - THE BUNNY - It honestly turned out A LOT better than I expected, haha.

10. How are you celebrating the release? Any big tours coming up? Maybe a Toronto show I can check out!
 THE BUNNY - We will be doing an East Coast/Mid West US run in April, just some smaller headline shows to promote the release. No huge tours planned currently, but I'm working on some stuff! As far as Toronto, I haven't been there in a long time. I really need to get my ass back there soon… and I'd love to have you out!

11. I'm hoping you will create another amazing video, having just watched the one for 'Lonely', what was it? Alice's Nightmare in Wonderland? How do you come up with something like that? and can we expect more bizarre creations coming in the future?
 THE BUNNY - Haha, the video for "Lonely" is nuts. But yea, honestly most of that was the brain child of my buddy Eric Richter over at Victory. He came up with some amazing stuff for that video; he and his team deserve all the props on that one. You can expect quite a few more out of the box videos, I'm sure! I'm all about bizarre, "WTF was that" videos.

12. I have only recently gotten into your music. For those out there who haven't yet, where do you think a good place to start would be? 

-THE BUNNY-  I would check out our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/thebunnythebear and the Victory Records website.
13. With the new album out next month, piracy is something you will surely have to combat with. Do you think downloading can be beneficial to artists?
 THE BUNNY - I think it's a lot more beneficial to bands not under contract or who are just trying to get their feet off the ground. I try not to focus on it, and try not to think about it much, it's just life. It's what music’s become. Kind of shitty but, life goes on.
-I am sure you are much busier than myself and so I won't consume too much of your time. I wish you the best of luck with 'Stories' and well, have any final words?
THE BUNNY - THANK YOU! That means a lot! I appreciate you taking the time on this interview, I hope we can do it again in the near future!

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