The Electric Bunnies

Chewing Gum (Florida's Dying Records)

The Electric Bunnies' music makes me feel like I'm beating off to pornography while my wife sleeps in the same room. Good thing I ain't married and can enjoy the Electric Bunnies in public. Wow! It's a solid followup to the Eskimo seven-inch. This four-track, vinyl-only EP is an excellent example of the Miami garage punk rock that the Bunnies are known for creating. Brothers Thomas (drums) and Victor B. (guitar) return with frontman Eldys D. (bass) to offer up more psychedelic goodies.

The record opens with the title track, paired on side A with "Love Radiation," and it's the kind of fuzzed distortion that puts the band somewhere between the 13th Floor Elevators and the C.A. Quintet, with elements of the tropical psychedelia of Venezuela's Los Pets. The grooves are tight, and the energetic, foot-stomping, finger-snappin' rock is as pure as free love was before AIDS showed up. Flip this sucker like a turtle and you'll get knocked out with the gangsta-thrash-punk bizarreness of "Super Fluorescent Hippo Flashback," which takes the normalcy of the bandmates' rather inane day jobs and makes life exciting for what seems like 45 seconds. "The Stranger" is remarkably creepy in both tone and execution, proving they can be happy-happy-fun-fun on one side, but down and dirty on the reverse.

 
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