We recently got to catch up with Matt Tybor of The Bunny The Bear.
We talked up everything from their latest album Stories, The Bunny The Bear’s unique sound, and what festival they’d love to be on in the future.
What is the reason behind your band name and the masks you wear?
Honestly, it was just a random, spur of the moment idea. I was just goofing around writing some strange stuff. I randomly thought it was a great idea to start a band, writing whatever I felt and run around in a plastic children’s bunny mask. It seemed like a superb idea at the time, yes it did.
The album STORIES was phenomenal, what inspired you to get into the studio to write this album, and where did the motivation for album title come from?
I appreciate the compliment. In all honesty, it’s probably my favorite of the albums I’ve conceived. I’m really not sure what the motivation behind the album was, I really never do. I just write all the time. It’s my outlet, stress release. It’s really the only way I feel like I can openly express what I feel. As far as the title, I’m not quite sure. I really just think it’s suiting, while looking at it from the aspect of every song, and their lyrics, changing on a song to song basis, being stories, personal stories of situations I have and am going through. Ever changing.
If there’s one thing you want a listener to take away from your album STORIES what would it be?
I’m not quite sure that there is any specific idea or something that I’m hoping people take from this album. It’s just me. My ideas, personal convictions, so on. I write as more of an outlet for myself. I guess I just hope the people who do listen, with an open mind, can take something away from it, relate to something in one way or another, in such a way that it may help them through a situation…or even just let them know we’re all just normal people, going through the same sludge on a consistent basis.
The Bunny The Bear has a very unique music style, and has managed to become successful, why do you think you guys are accepted so greatly – as opposed to other bands who try to go for a “different” sound and don’t catch on to listeners the way you have?
I’d say TBTB is accepted to an EXTENT. As to the reason why, I have no clue! Maybe people just see and hear the sincerity behind my reasons for writing the way I do. I don’t know. I just firmly believe that artists/musicians/etc should be able to write whatever they feel and want, no matter the style, without scrutiny. Sadly, I think that music and scenes alike have become so bloated with everyone saying “THIS IS MUSIC” or “THIS IS NOT MUSIC” that everyone goes into starting a project with the mind set of “WE NEED to sound THIS WAY, THAT WAY… have this hair, ONLY like this “GENRE”. Genre’s and today’s scenes are what keeps good music from getting out there the way it used to, it’s sad.
And In no way am I saying all my writing is some original masterpiece that can’t be labeled. I’m only saying that I write what I want to write, for me, regardless of genres or albums and tracks sounding different. I don’t try to fit in genre and I wish more musicians were like that.
You recently ended a tour, how did it go?
It was great! Everyone in my team and myself had a great time. For the most part, draws and venues were amazing. You always have those odd ball, buzz killing shows but overall, it was glorious.
What is the craziest thing you saw on that tour? (fans being strange/weird road stories/ANYTHING)
This last tour? Nothing really, haha! It was honestly quite a normal, laid back run, strangely enough.
Summer is quickly approaching what are you plans?
Lots of touring! I ABSOLUTELY need to get to quite a few places that I haven’t been able to make it out to during the last few runs.
Going forward, where would you like to see TBTB five years from now?
Ah, man. Don’t ask that, I couldn’t answer that. Alive, for sure, but I don’t know. This project is my baby and I’d love to see it grow and grow and grow, but I try not to get ahead of myself. I just take it day by day. I’m thankful enough for as far as it’s already seemed to go.
Are there any artists you would like to tour with or any festivals you aspire to be on in the future?
I’d really like to hop on Warped Tour sooner or later. I think it would be a blast!
We here at Metal Riot would like to thank Victory Records for setting this interview up, and The Bunny The Bear for taking time out of their busy schedule to chat with us!