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Hella
Total Bugs Bunny on Wild Bass
Narnack Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Just two months after the release of the outstanding Bitches Ain't Shit But Good People EP, notable even if just for its name, Californian guitar-and-drums duo Hella has released another EP, Total Bugs Bunny on Wild Bass. The most obvious differences in the two releases are Bugs Bunny's electronic tendencies and lack of vocals (except for a some annoying rhyming during the first few seconds of "Your DJ Children"). On Bugs Bunny, the sheer skill involved in both Zach Hill's drumming and Spencer Seim's guitar playing remains as obvious as it has been in all Hella albums, especially in Zack's case, as he reaches Lightning Bolt intensity in songs like "In The Meantime, In Between Time" and "Magixburg."

Clearly influenced by what the early Nintendo theme song covers they've been playing in their side-project, The Advantage, Hella has adopted a distinctive electronic side to its music on this EP, though it does not work as well as one might have hoped. Most of the album sounds like a cross between ROFLOL and Lightning Bolt, without much of the Plastics-esque charm that I always associate with ROFLOL. Hella's new, Nintendo-inspired direction is not a
complete failure, however, by any means. The concept of merging of Hella and The Advantage is an interesting one, and though Total Bugs Bunny on Wild Bass isn't the band's best work, Hella's next album just might be, considering the band's penchant for the evolution of their sound.

Reviewed by Jeanette Samyn
A contributing writer for LAS and a former music director WBAR at Barnard College.

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