I've been writing about The Bunny The Bear for ages - so long that some of the writings were lost on sites that pre-date this one, though my first mention of the band here as "The Rock Father" dates back to 2011. One thing that particularly resonates (and is always reinforced thanks to social media) is that TBTB frontman Matthew Tybor became a "Rock Father" himself at almost the same time that I did - his son and my oldest daughter being the same age. In those years there has been some personal struggle, and for Tybor, the situation has at points been more dire. Those life experiences have shaped the band's latest album, The Way We Rust, and the new single, "I Am Free," is a prime example. Check out the new video and some background below...
Well, this is a reminder out of nowhere. The folks at READING RAINBOW have been in touch a few times over the past few years, and every time I hear from them, I automatically end up getting the theme song to the iconic LeVar Burton family literature series stuck in my head. So why did it get stuck in my head this morning? No, it wasn't communique from READING RAINBOW at all, but an email from comedy metal band, PSYCHOSTICK. The band has just released a cover version of that earworm-inducing theme song, and you can hear it right here on THE ROCK FATHER, below.
The Holiday Sweater. It's a timeless tradition, one whose popularity has only grown in recent years... moving beyond just properly woven seasonal garments, and into the realm of sweatshirts and t-shirts inspired by these hand-crafted American artisan treasures. A Holiday Sweatshirt is a great gift idea for any special someone in your life, and if that special someone enjoys a little ROCK, then chances are, the folks at Chicago's own Victory Records have just what you're looking for. This year, Victory has issued a limited-edition run of Holiday Sweatshirts and matching t-shirts featuring REVEREND HORTON HEAT, THE BUNNY THE BEAR, EMMURE, OTEP, CLOSE YOUR EYES, and TERROR, along with a matching Victory Records pair. In the spirit of giving, Victory Records has teamed-up with The Rock Father to get three lucky readers hooked-up with incredible prize packs from some of their favorite bands!
Chicago's Victory Records have opened the polls for music fans to vote for the Top 10 Music Videos of 2012 from artists on the Victory Roster. A DAY TO REMEMBER, A HERO A FAKE, CLOSE YOUR EYES, COMEBACK KID, DR ACULA, EMMURE, FALL CITY FALL, FAREWELL TO FREEWAY, GOD FORBID, ILL NINO, JUNGLE ROT, PATHOLOGY, RINGWORM, SISTER SIN, TAPROOT, THE BUNNY THE BEAR, THE ROYALTY, THESE HEARTS, VICTORIAN HALLS, and WRETCHED are all in the running. Check out a special announcement video below, then click here to cast your vote.
It only happens a couple of times a year (if that), but I absolutely love it when an album like this comes along. You see, if you don't count albums by musically schizophrenic artists such as MR. BUNGLE, DOG FASHION DISCO, TUB RING, IWRESTLEDABEARONCE, DR. ACULA, or MINDLESS SELF INDULGENCE among the cherished titles within your collection of recorded audio, there's a good chance that you'll absolutely despise IF YOU DON'T HAVE ANYTHING NICE TO SAY, the Victory Records debut from Buffalo, NY's THE BUNNY THE BEAR.