Action Pants! [Single]

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Almost immediately, St. Louis band Bunnygrunt became the torch-bearers of the "cuddlecore" sound, an extension of the upbeat indie pop style. From the beginning of the first track, "Superstar 666," the trio's blend of jangly guitars and bouncy drums invigorated the Midwestern indie pop scene. Karen Reed's warm vocals on that song create a playful aura that continues through the band's debut disc. Matt Harnish takes lead vocals on "Transportation Pants" and "g.i.2k." His vocal demeanor is calmly cheerful. On "I Am a Curious Partridge," the trio trades vocal duties between Harnish, Reed, and Renee Dullum. On "Criminal Boy," Reed's vocals reach a new level, as she sweetly sings over the playful guitar line. The sound changes dramatically on the final track, "Open Up and Say Oblina," with low-key strumming on guitar and bass. The pace is decidedly toned down as the disc comes to a close with the song's extended concluding instrumentation. The album was recorded at Chicago's Kingsize Sound Studio and released in 1995 by No Life Records out of Los Angeles. Bunnygrunt only produced one more album after Action Pants!, but their influence was undeniable.