A recording from 1998, possibly live (at least live in someone's basement, in lack of an audience), Holiday Massacre '98 presents the Bunny Brains in all their sloppiness. It's definitely garage in the delivery, punk in the attitude, country in some places, Krautrock in DavO's insistent basslines, and spacy (or at least acid) in the guitar work of Dan Bunny and Raimondo Paolucci. All that and occasionally (and intentionally, one guesses), profoundly stupid. Just listen to the lyrics of "Stookey Ring of Evil," the introduction to "Switchblade Sisters" (dedicated to all the switchblade sisters in the audience), and snippets like "Never Did the Deed" and "Robert Is a Corpse." There's something worrying in hearing a bandmember ask "which one?" as the drummer has already started counting. That's what happens at the beginning of "Upland Lane" (they get it together after a false start). When they do play (and for longer than 20 seconds), the Bunny Brains can bang your head to the wall garage-style ("Freshen Up!," is everything it should be) or trip you with a snarl ("Overdose on Cum"). If cynical lo-fi gives you pimples, avoid at all cost. But if you crave garage punk with a tendency to foray into unusual chord changes (is it avant-garde, or is the second guitarist forgetting his chords?), Holiday Massacre '98 will bring you to your knees. Witchy Poo meets the Nihilist Spasm Band.
AllMusic Review by François Couture