Bands are hard to name. I followed one band on Twitter who changed their name so many times I don’t know if I’m following them anymore. They went from this to that and then back to that and then back to this. There are some cool ones with entertaining enough back stories (Seether nicked the name from the song “I am The Seether” which they covered for their greatest hits album; Blue Stahli came from a painting called Blue by a lady whose last name is Stahli, not kidding!) and then some that no one will ever get, Setting Fire To Stacey, Flogging Molly (which, y’know, converted from British English to American is fairly amusing) and the best one of all: Bunny Gang.
But because the last thing I was about to do was ruin the image of a bunny version of Nathan Maxwell jumping around on stage, I avoided the “what the fuck?” question like Munky avoids avoids cutting his dreads. Cruel trick, I know, but you have to admit Bunny Nathan is sort’ve cute and how else was I going to get it into an article?
We’ll run with Bunny Nathan anyway and because n’awwwwww.
“Well, it can be scary,” Bunny Nate says, wielding a guitar against dark spirits somewhere in my imagination, “I think that fear is what stops so many people from following their dreams. But I think that you conquer that fear, even though its little head will pop up in your heart here and there, the reward is so much greater than whatever it was you were afraid of.”
One of his fears, to an extent, is ridicule and it’s sure as hell one he shares with many, many other people. But he’s got no small words for anyone that’s going to tell you that you suck.
“If somebody out there there thinks, ‘wow, you suck,’ then who cares what they think!? You can’t please everybody, y’know? I know that music has saved my life. And if some somebody hears a lyric or a guitar lick that makes their day better, then all that fear that would have stopped you from creating that is your enemy. It’s exhilarating, creating music and sharing it. And yeah, it’s not without fear but you have to conquer that and reject it.”
Wednesday 13 once was sang, “I don’t have enough middle fingers” and maybe no one ever will, but we can always use the two we’ve got wisely.
Ultimately, Bunny Nathan’s onto something more important than the ‘you suck!’ and ‘get off the stage!’ insults because like most people, he sees what music does for other people, not just himself.
“If you can make a difference in somebody’s life? Like, wow. Priceless. Your life is worth something if you can be something for somebody else. And like I said, music was there for me when many other things weren’t. And to be able to carry that tradition, there is not a greater calling, if you ask me.”
Is anybody else falling in love with this man? He’s kind’ve perf…
But you know, the little head of fear has certainly reared its head on Thrive.
The title track is something special, it’s different, like, Different, italics, capitals, everything but it’s also fairly emotional for Bunny Nate.
“I really feel like I bared my soul on that one lyrically, and I’ve never been more proud of a song that I’ve written or music that has been created. It’s different. Different is hard but I think that’s also what makes it so special and makes it stand out for me.”
Bunny Nathan (formerly, as you know, Nathan Maxwell beloved member of Flogging Molly) has made a life for himself doing what he loves, both in the Gang and by flogging poor old Molly but that isn’t to say he knows nothing about making ends meet.
“I feel the pressure of supporting my children.” (holy shit little bunnies! Aaawww ) “I feel the pressure of making money for the bandmates but as far as conforming the music into some sort of model that I think is commercially viable? That would defeat the entire purpose. I might as well just stop.”
He just doesn’t care all that much about making money, it’s fair to say, his ends have met. Instead, he holds social viability (God, that came out like an AP English essay) above all else. “This moment of what’s popular and what is commercially viable is fleeting. What is important is the music itself. And the legacy that…music has.”
Head over heels in love yet?