HEAR: Girls – Honey Bunny

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  • 23 Aug 11

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Rumbling, heavy on the reverb Rockabilly, smashed headfirst into Gospel tinged Soul?! In 2011!? Girls retro rock sensibility, would have you believe that Ark Music Factory, auto-tune, and this, this and THIS, never excreted their way into existence like an annoying, robot voiced housefly banging against the window pane of your consciousness, and for that we are in debt. Taken from new album, Father, Son, Holy Ghost out September 12th, Honey Bunny, is a swaggering, shuffle pop, surf rock, two minutes forty of feel good Beach Boy backing vocals, and enough jive to have you instinctively dancing like Pulp Fiction era John Travolta. Improbably, they even manage to work in a sorrowful, lighters in the air moment, in the form of a church organ and slide guitar middle eight, reminiscent of Smith Westerns similarly sombre number All Die Young. Obviously as the writer on an obscure internet blog, my opinion is FACT, but I suppose frontman and literal Cult hero, Cristopher Owen’s take on the track is worth something as well.

“Honey Bunny” was my 19th song to write. I wrote it on my birthday in 2008. I think the fact that it’s No. 19 gives it a little perspective. My first songs were kind of like, “Ahhhh, Help!” This one has a bit of swagger to it, and some reflection about my mother. It’s a special song to me now, not for the sassy swagger bits as much the parts about Mama. But I think for the listener, it could be the exact opposite. The energy and optimism and determination in it is quite appealing. But that’s the great thing about these things, right? The fact that all of us are hearing something entirely different. I believe that. And so, in 2011, surfer guitar still rules.

Well isn’t that something?

JT