A while back, a fruitful thread on the Pop Punk Message Board entitled "The Great Lost Pop-Punk Band" yielded some fine posts, such as the one on Funbug. Well, lo and lo and behold, Jason Funbug and co. were not only unperturbed by MRML's making of their music freely available but they were positively chuffed. So deeply chuffed, in fact, were they that Jason sent us words of encouragement, the artwork for the first seven inch and some new demos! Hell, yes!
Like some other early-nineties Lookout singles, budgetary limitations here can flatten the entire sound spectrum - especially the drums, obscuring the well-developed song-writing. While they played within the limiting confines of pop-punk (read: loud, fast sing-alongs about girls) Funbug never sounded like a knock-off of anyone. While the band surely learned a few tricks from Screeching Weasel and Green Day, these ears catch more echoes of late eighties pop-punk bands like Mega City Four, Leatherface, Big Drill Car, The Doughboys and (I swear this is a very good thing) Twin/Tone era Soul Asylum.
Funbug - Everything
If you think the artwork for this release is ugly, I'm told you're supposed to blame Lookout honcho Lawrence Livermore who tossed out the band's original artwork and replaced it with that picture of his sister and her baby.
Here's some demos for the forthcoming Funbug work, which is promising some great songs with the hooks pushed to the fore, like "Frankenstein Drives to Leamington".
Links for the Tezbinetop e.p and the demos can be found in the comments:
Speaking of comments: give us you review of Funbug new and old!
A big thanks to Jason Funbug for all the material for this post!