Calling Out: Pre-Orders / Digi Downs

This week marks five years of Bunny’s A Swine. Unreal. It also marks the release of our fourth album, Calling Out.

The record is available for digital download and vinyl pre-order right now. Unfortunately we’ve had problems with the pressing that have delayed the physical release for the time being. But hang tight and special thanks to the many of you who pre-ordered the physical copy.

We do have some specially packaged test presses for sale at shows if you’re into collectors items. Those come with unique packaging, full download, and the complete story of why our records are late.

In the meantime, enjoy these while you drive in your car/sit at your computer/tune out the sound of roommates/whateverwhathaveyou…

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Real Talk: Record Prices

As the release of our new record approaches, it occurs to us that some of you have yet to purchase our old records. We know this to be true because we are looking at them right now. We’re very excited about Calling Out and can’t wait to share it with everyone, but the truth is it’s not even a record yet… it’s still a pile of plastic in some factory, and we need your help to get it through these last few, but very expensive steps, of creation.

Did you know that you can get a copies of our last two records, All Day, Alright and Literal Breakfast, for only $10 plus shipping on our Bandcamp page?!?! You’re right, that is a crazy good deal! It’s also barely what it cost for us to make them, and we can’t do it anymore. So as of May 10th we’re raising the price of all our records to $15. We think it’s still a pretty sweet deal; both have beautiful hand made jackets and are packed with liner notes and fun stuff to read, touch and look at.

It’s always been one of our goals to make BiAS a sustainable operation, it’s not really, but we’re damn close. We’ve always been able to do that while still keeping our records super cheap, because we want to get them to as many of you as possible. But as the band has grown (we’re planning on enrolling kindergarten next fall!) so have our needs, and it’s time for a raise in our allowance.

We are not doing this now with the intention of getting the most money out of you in the future. Instead it is to be sure you can take advantage of the old price while you can and when we need your help the most. We are very close to the finish line for Calling Out, and rather than ask you for a handout (or set up a Kickstarter) we want to send you something else that we’re very proud of and we think you’ll like too.

Also they’re taking up the shelf space where the new record needs to go.

And as for those of you who have already purchased these records but really want to help us out — don’t worry! A pre-sale for Calling Out will be up and running soon, so stay tuned.

Buy All Day, Alright:

 

Buy Literal Breakfast:

 

TR-06-AA: New Digital 7″ y’all!

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Hot off the digital press (which is soooooooo much faster than the one we use to press wax) — Bunny’s a Swine’s first new release to the world since 2011: TR-06-AA!

The digital 7″ (as we like to call it) features two brand new songs. A-side, “TV,” is a sentimental jam. The B-side, “Greetings from the Bottom,” is a little bit more like how we feel about the industry of records.

Listen here!!

We hope you like them and that you tell all your friends about them and that you download them and put them on all your springtime mixes and that you play them loudly on your car stereo and sing along because these are singalong jams.

Justin Durand drew that cat you see above. We think he’s pretty handsome. (Both Justin and the cat, for the record.)

Also, don’t forget that we have a show on Friday night with the phenomenal Emperor X at the Dreamaway Lodge. It’s basically going to be like all the good things that happen in Twin Peaks, but none of the bad.

Dearest Dreamhaus

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About this time last year we played one of (if not the) best house shows ever at Dreamhaus in Boston. Back then it was still called Dreamhouse because the krautrock influence hadn’t really set in (#jokes). We have probably never played to a room of kids so invested and interested in music. That wasn’t a show about pretense, or hype, or really anything except being there in the moment. If every house show could be even half as good as that one was, no one would ever play in a bar/club again.

It was one of the first shows at Dreamhaus and the fine folks who live there continued to open up their living room and home for shows, sleepovers, gatherings, meeting space, really anything that people needed. Having a space like that is so important and it doesn’t happen without the openness of the people inhabiting it.

Unfortunately, their house was broken into a couple days ago and the jerks who did so stole a lot of stuff like computers and things that are expensive. Having your place broken into really fucks you up and rightly so the Dreamhaus dwellers are contemplating the future of the space. In the meantime, you can kick them a couple bucks if you are so inclined to help them replace the things that were stolen: http://dreamhausforever.tumblr.com/donate

MiniTouring with MiniBoone Recap & New Album News

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So we went on a little MiniTour with MiniBoone at the end of January and hit up Boston, Portland, Worcester and Hatfield. Two bar shows, two house shows, all good times. It was cold. Really cold. At the Worcester show we played in a basement that didn’t have any heat so we just drank more to stay warm. It was bizarrely enough a tour that favored tequila over whiskey. You’d think it was summertime or something.

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MiniBoone tearing it up at the Bella’s Bartok house

MiniBoone are a great group of guys and getting to see them do their thing every night was such an excellent pleasure. Their sound is so intricate and they write such smart pop songs with sometimes 4-part harmonies and it always sounds perfect no matter what kind of room they are in. They tore it up every night and we had a great time watching YouTube videos, shopping for records, listening to mixes of each other’s albums and you know, drinking beers.

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MiniBoone has a push-up contest. Craig won, in case you were wondering.

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Dukes does some bargain bin record shopping at a thrift store. Explains that all the records at these places are the same.

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Shot some video of MiniBoone for the TinyRadars Cow House Video Series.

When we got back we had the final mixing session for our new album and set a release date for early June at the Thing in the Spring, where we are thrilled to be invited back to perform at this year. It’s really a special occasion too — not only do we love that music festival and attend every year, but June marks the 5th year of the bands existence. We don’t want to say too much about the record yet, but we will say that its a full-length and we were so happy to get to work with Justin on it. Lots of the songs on there are ones that are new and haven’t really made it out into the world at shows. You can read a little more about how we made the record on Justin’s blog if you are curious.

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Emerson plays the Game Boy while Dukes figures out if there should be cowbell on the record.

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Takes a lot of Big Muffs to make records.

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Chicken sandwich, Carl.

So that was 2012

We didn’t release a new record.

Maybe that sounds odd, but we’ve put out a new record every year since we started playing music together. 2009: Nothing Bad Will Happen. 2010: Literal Breakfast. 2011: All Day, Alright. It felt weird to have a year go by without another one coming out, but we’re hoping the next one makes it seem like it was worth the wait. Or maybe it will be like how when you haven’t eaten for a really long time, even a Subway sandwich starts to seem like food that could actually taste good.

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But we did write a new one. 

And we’ve been laying low since early November to hammer out the final details. Not sure what to say about it just yet…a lot of these songs we’ve never played live before. We are going in to record them with Justin next week so here’s hoping we have an album to release by the summer of 2013.

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That little record label gave us a whole lot of crazy things to do in 2012. We had a series of amazing shows at The Montague Bookmill, put out 2 more records (TR-03: Mail the Horse / Great Kills and TR-04: Home Body / Traps 7″), made plans for another (TR-05: Shepherdess / I’m Saving Myself for Shepherdess), screened a lot of tote bags and started shooting videos at the Cow House.

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The end of Lasell.

That dead end street, second floor apartment, and attic were good to BiAS. But we finally moved out of the attic (well, and the whole apartment) and into our new space in the Easthampton mega-complex of rock and roll: Sonelab. One part recording studio, one part practice space, one part awkward run-ins with your favorite 90s rockers in the hallways. Sorry that we’re so loud when you are all trying to pee. Knock on the door sometime and we’ll give you a beer. We are actually very friendly.

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Obama, redux.

The 2012 election felt like a significant milestone because we formed when Bush II was still in office. Bunny’s a Swine has survived the length of a presidential term or a college degree. Assuming you didn’t blow off a semester, which you probably did.

Summertime Funtime southern tour with Banditas.

We sweated a lot, fought with the slug, ate BBQ, went all the way to southern Florida, saw too many naked dudes (really, one was enough), played with some supremely awesome bands (big ups to The Vignettes), did not have the van break down at all (a foreign concept all things considered), did our second tour of duty with Travis Harrison, and played a lot of Words With Friends in the van while talking about The Strokes.

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Graph played their last show.

Jerks.

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We all lost a friend.

Miss you, Jamie.

Bunny’s A Swine is Serious Business

We’ve been so busy in the real world that we almost forgot there was an Internet!

Okay, not really. But we have been busy. Our tour with Banditas was damn near perfect and came with healthy doses of rocking out, screwing around, buying records and vintage clothes, drinking Buds, wacky kids and some nude guy running around his apartment on his birthday.

While we were on tour we did our second Serious Business session with the one and only Travis Harrison. He said we are the first band to ever come on the show twice. Figures. You can listen to the full 54 minutes of madness here but here are the highlights in video version.