I caught up with the tentatively named Bunnymilk on a balmy Friday afternoon at Melody Records. The band (as of now) is comprised of Lisa Marie (guitar) and Kelly Brown (banjo), a pair of humble chickadees armed with ethereal harmonies and coupled with a penchant for the irreverent. With their eyes fixed on the horizon, they look to develop their sound from clear acoustic beauty to a grungier, messier, lo-fi approach exemplifying how they presently identify themselves. Consider yourself lucky to witness these kindred spirits’ sonic consecrations. After a nine-month hiatus (Brown was on a nationwide bike tour), they’re playing a string of shows and capping them off with a headlining set at Café Coda this Thursday, April 25th. Better come out lest there be another nine months twixt performances.
You’ve described yourself as two drunken songbird angels.
KB: That came about from when we first started playing together. It was at Origami Lounge and we were in the back of a friend’s truck at the Spindrift show. We were just jamming out and a bunch of drunken bros were around us and said, “You guys sound like aaaaangells.”
What birds? What drinks?
LM: Well, I drink it all, and I don’t like animals so…
KB: Magpies? Mockingbirds? The most ironic of the birds. Someone at The Maltese said they wanted to make a custom cocktail called “The Bunnymilk.”
LM: Like iced horchata and rum.
KB: Randy Newman, because he assumes these really wild personas. He has this wonderful narrative style where he’s not afraid to fall into a character.
LM: I’m kind of in the same boat, too. Harry Nilsson. That’s why we wanna build on the theatrics of our music. Motown too, gospel harmonizing.
Are you planning on recording or releasing anything on hard copy?
KB: I’d like to make a tape.
LM: Yeah we’re pretty into cassettes.
KB: We don’t record very well and we don’t play live very well. We sound really good when it’s just the two of us in my garage on our equipment and there’s nobody else around. But we’re usually really drunk when we do that, so I don’t know if we sound better or we’re too drunk to notice.
LM: I don’t think we sound bad, but as far as our recordings go they’ve been in kitchens so we’re not able to lay tracks one by one. They’ve all been one take.
KB: Right now we’re just working on writing new songs because the original songs we wrote, we played for about a year and a half.
LM: They were more simple, folky, and broken down. Now we’re building on songs.
KB: We plugged in. We’ve got an omnichord and loop pedals and a kick drum. The dynamics are totally different now.
KB: No, work.
LM: I’m going to kidnap her.
Bear witness to the dark and delightful sounds of Bunnymilk this Thursday at Café Coda along with solo sets by locals, Ernesto Alvarado and Adam Scarborough. The show starts at 8PM, costs $5, and welcomes all ages.