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10

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Afresh: What is your name, and name your group/band/act?

ULTRABUNNY
Afresh: Where are the artists from?  What is their talent in the group?

Danbury, CT  and Brooklyn, NY

Malcolm Tent – bass

Bobby Bunny – guitar/vocals

Dr. Prorock – drums
Afresh: How did the band get the name?

BB: We like being near the end of the alphabet in Record Store LP bins.
Afresh: What instrument do you play now? (If applicable)

MT: Bass, Drums, & Guitar and many many effects pedals and a set of marching band drums.

BB: We’re thinking of adding some 70’s type synthesizers on our next studio LP.
Afresh: What (who) does your act/art consist of?

BB: 3 nearly deaf record collectors in tasteless costumes trying to make you dance or writhe in agonizing ear pain. Your choice.
Afresh: How would you describe your music/art/entertainment for the public audience if they have never seen you before?

MT: Bad Trip music. Steady beat with syrupy dollops of pure noise. Wear earplugs.
Afresh: Give me some details about the group/act/art?

BB: Ultrabunny started in 2002, born from the ashes of our previous band “BunnyBrains”.  We spent the next 7 years trying to erase any connection with the previous group. Ultrabunny is far more ultra and bunnier than any other band with bunnies in its name.

MT: We’ve been doing it one way or another since 1988.
Afresh: How long have you been performing live or making art?

MT: I started playing in hardcore/ noise/ punk bands in Florida in 1983.

BB: I was recording solo experimental noise pop albums in CT in the mid 80s.

DP: I began to induce neurosis by cacophony around 1996.
Afresh: Where did you meet your group and how long have you been together now?

MT: We met through my record shop, Trash American Style, in 1986. Bobby would go there daily to bug me all the time, so it only seemed logical that we form a band.

BB: I don’t think Dr. Prorock was born yet then.
Afresh: What has been the biggest challenge for you or the group?

BB: The biggest challenges are:

a.) to not be confused with our previous band.

b.) working together being all from separate cities.

c.) stuffing all our gear into Malcolm’s tiny car.
Afresh: You’ve heard of the term “starving artists” before, how do you cope with major obstacles?

BB: Having played together on and off for 22 years, we have a very relaxed working method.  As J. R. “Bob” Dobbs might agree, we just turn the obstacles into decorative adornments to our miniature golf course called life.
Afresh:  Do you feel the economic crunch has hurt the industry, or do you have some other promotional tips to help support your music?

BB: We’re doing a LOT better now than in previous years, which to say is still not profitable, but at least we have a lot of records in our self distribution pipeline and a couple of labels who are interested in us.  We’re very self-sustainable at this point as long as we keep playing and recording.  DIY is actually very affordable for artists who understand their sense of practicality.  We cut most of our records for under a hundred bucks.  And labels are much more interested in bands that don’t have fantasy expectations of a big payout.
Afresh: Art & Music has an impact on both young and old.  Everyone loves a celebrity, so what advice do you have for the youth of today?

BB: A great deal of our fans are in high school and we encourage them to

1. question authority

2. rebel against the status quo

3. don’t listen to “the man”

4. take a huge piss all over mediocrity and convention in all forms.

5. respect history.

6. revel in your freak status and unpopularity.  Basically the same thing their punk rock mom and dads should have taught them.

Afresh: What does your family think of your performance and do they support you?

BB: uh, next question?

MT: my parents came to see us once, but when the shaving cream started to fly, they left.

DP: They’ve often been supportive of any musical efforts I’ve had.

Afresh: What is your stance on how to get the public to support “live music” and see the shows?  Any ideas???

BB: Its hopeless these days to try to drag anyone but devoted music fans to see shows, but at least we promise to give them something they didn’t expect. I think the scenes will pick up again when the jr high school kids of today reach college age. Most people between 18 and 40 know or care shit about rock music.

MT: It’s the same problem that’s always existed- only a very few people in the general population care enough about music to go see it live.

Afresh: Thinking back, did your family carry on the same musical/artistic interests?

BB: My mom played accordion in a polka band. Dr. Prorock’s dad saw Alice Cooper in ’72. These have got to count for something.

MT: In no way, shape or form!

Afresh: Do you have your own favorite type of music and is it any different from what you play now?

BB: We have too many kinds of favorite music.  Most of it is in the weird, loud or obscure categories, so yes, I think its similar to what we play.
Afresh: Do you have other interests or talents you would like to share with us?

BB: Malcolm collects Santa Clauses. I was the very first and possibly only person in the world to spin Marcel Duchamp’s “Bicycle Wheel” sculpture with MY NOSE,  Twice, no less.

MT: Dr. Prorock’s a sharp dresser.

BB: Isnt Prorock a PhD?  That’s somewhat of a talent too.

Afresh: What has been your strong influence to continue performing?

MT: Genetics.

DP: Ain’t no fun waiting around to be a millionaire.

BB: Rock Stardom is a lifestyle identity for us, since we’ve been doing it for so long.

Afresh: Does anyone in particular influence your artistic/musical talent?

BB: Eno was awesome in Roxy Music.  I need clothes like that.

DP: The first (and best) Zodiac Killer.

BB: I’m guessing Malcolm wont admit his lifelong debt to Dr. Demento.

MT: I honestly don’t like Dr. Demento that much. I like music that’s REALLY demented. I don’t care for novelty records.
Afresh: Who does most of the song writing/art/literature?

BB: We are all equal partners in song creation, although Malcolm and I write lyrics depending on the situation.  But most everything is improvised on the spot and honed over time.  Malcolm and I also do the band art with help from our friends.
Afresh: If you had to change one thing about your music/group what do you feel would be the best change to benefit the group overall and why?

BB: I want a big ass red/green laser, and a bubble machine.

MT: a bigger vehicle, a roadie, and a lot more gear.

DP: I suppose I’d love to find out who stole my drums.
Afresh: Have you ever had any strange or stalker type fans that you are aware of?

BB: I’d say the majority of our fans are the strange type, and that’s okay with us. With the exception of Dave Bonan.  :  P
Afresh: While getting ready to perform have you ever been interrupted by fans who snuck in to the dressing room/rehearsal?

BB: Typically we get changed in a bathroom, storage closet, kitchen or hallway, so yes.  Its not a pretty sight.
Afresh: Tell us about your most embarrassing moment if you care to share it with us?

MT: If you’re embarrassed, you’re doing something wrong.
Afresh: What has been the most bizarre thing (thrown) on the stage with you?  How did you react?

MT: We usually do the throwing.
Afresh: What is your wildest story with the group?

MT: When we were playing in Phoebus, VA, a knife fight broke out. There’s nothing like seeing a scrawny kid covered in blood climbing through a window with a knife in his hand seeking revenge against his fellow scenester. Apparently they were fighting over a whiskey bottle. On a side note, all we had to eat that night was potato logs because that’s all there is to eat in Phoebus.
Afresh: What has been the worst nightmare for the group?  How did you get through it all?

MT: We played a very cold room in Brooklyn recently. It was January 2nd , negative 12 degrees outside and there was no heat in the venue. All of our cables and gear were frozen and so were our fingers. The smoke machine froze. The audience weren’t frozen because they all left.

BB: We surprisingly ended up doing an excellent show that night, maybe just to stay alive.

MT: We got through it by playing as hard as we could because that’s all one can do in a situation like that.

Afresh: What are your up-to-date performance plans?  New releases?  Tours? News?

MT: We’re working on some dates in the Midwest. A fellow in Chicago who’s interested in releasing an album by us is helping with that. We have a studio album in the can, and two live albums that are almost ready to go to press.
Afresh: If you could perform with anyone in the world, either dead or alive who would it be? Why? (Name up to three)

BB: No, sorry, we wouldn’t play with Dead or Alive or The Who.  I’d pick Grand Funk Railroad, Lamonte Young and Jesus. (Jesus cuz he gets a good draw and the merch table is HUGE.)
Afresh: What is the furthest show from your home that you have done?

MT: We’re from Connecticut and we toured out to Chicago and down to Virginia. We want to go further.

BB: We’re hoping for shows in Frankfurt, Stockholm and Osaka, but will settle for the West Coast first.
Afresh:  How do you feel about file swapping?

BB: C30, C60, C90 Go! You mean “music stealing” on the internet?  I don’t really mind at all.  It’s a convenient delivery system for small bands and a great way to find completely obscure music. I still buy vinyl records and tapes. You can’t download those.
Afresh: Have you been involved in any benefit performances?  What was it and how did you become involved?

BB: We just did a local charitable benefit.

MT: We believe in supporting the scene.
Afresh: Do you currently have an agent, endorsement, record label, sponsor, etc.?

BB: Self managed, self produced, but we work with indie labels and distributors who like our stuff. Recently, Noiseville and Equation Records have put out nice records for us.  Primarily we release records, tapes, and cd’s for sale on Malcolm’s label TPOS and free stuff on my net label Bilge Dasto.
Afresh: Is this your first interview or do you have some other articles/stories about you posted somewhere for public viewing?

BB: Not the first, not the last. Look us up.
Afresh: Do you have any video links where people can see you?

BB: Check youtube for “ultrabunny”
Afresh: Do you have a website of any type?  (Name all options)

BB: www.ultrabunny.com and myspace and facebook. Links are on our website.
Afresh: Please feel free to add any other information you want to share with the public audience/readers.  We want to extend our warm wishes for your success and thank you for the awesome interview.  We hope we can attend one of your shows soon so keep us informed on your updates!

MT: ULTRABUNNY WILL DELIVER.

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