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Klaus Schubert's Rock Bunnies: Speedmachine
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Rock Bunnies: Speedmachine

Melodic Rock
3.5/5.0

Who or what are the Rock Bunnies? It's guitarist Klaus Schubert's (from Austria's No Bros) new band that, with exception of himself and fellow No Bros keyboard player Andi Brunner, has four female players including the lead vocalist, Tici Weitstreicher. So I suppose 'rock bunnies' is some allusion of the famous Playboy bunnies. Whatever.

If you're only connection to rock is through current alternative or modern hard rock trends, then you'll probably won't understand the Rock Bunnies' sound. Speedmachine is essentially Eighties melodic hard rock washed through the 70's blues rock and a Hammond organ. After the girls in the band, Rock Bunnies becomes another platform for Klaus Schubert a capable guitarist with terrific versatility.

Much could be side of the songs as well. Under My Skin and Puppet on a String, to name two, offer harder melodic rock with hints of blues. Speedmachine rock with a quick pace indicative of the name. The instrumental Desperados on the Run adds a certain Southern rock feel. Then some songs are more than a bit perplexing and nonsensical. Hell's Fire & Angel Dust is a well-played straight blues number, yet with some goofy lyrics: "Last night I woke up with a tattoo on my ass, and I asked myself what have I done; sometimes I think about, and I realize I got the blues." Well, okay then. Then there's the even stranger Kill the Lion where I still haven't figured out why need to 'kill the lion.'

Speedmachine closes with five tracks that appear to be recorded live. One is a cover of Uriah Heep's Stealin' and, frankly, it's quite good. Another is the cover of No Bros' Heavy Metal Party. I've never heard the original, but it was some hit in Austria in the Eighties. But heavy metal is a misnomer here; it's more melodic hard rock.

While Klaus Schubert's Rock Bunnies is another showcase for his guitar skills, the majority female supporting cast shows real talent as well. Speedmachine offers a creative combination of 70's blues rock with 80's melodic rock for an interesting and entertaining listen. Check it out.




In Short

While Klaus Schubert's Rock Bunnies is another showcase for his guitar skills, the majority female supporting cast shows real talent as well. Speedmachine offers a creative combination of 70's blues rock with 80's melodic rock for an interesting and entertaining listen. Check it out.

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