No Bunny & His Fabulous Flys / Militant Children’s Hour
The Cereal Factory

June 25, 2005

Review by Jake Thomas

I’ve been intending to go to the summer Cereal Factory afternoon shows for years, but it never seemed to occur – mostly due to the fact that I just didn’t want to cross the bridge. But now, living in the Easy Bay, I got no excuse…and in fact was eagerly anticipating this show.

When I got there I walked into the band room to experience the glory of Militant Children’s Hour. I had been hearing good things for a while, but somehow everyone neglected to tell me it was a one man band…or maybe I just wasn’t listening and had probably spaced out and was daydreaming about having a pet monkey, it happens often enough.

Anyways – MCH was brilliant stuff. Dressed in a fine moustache and a leather vest, the dude simultaneously played guitar and a bass/snare drum combo with his feet and sang his vocals through one of those distorto-sound machines like they use for witness protection. The whole affair was a bluesey-hard rock thing with funny lyrics, and it was entirely brilliant and entertaining all at the same time. Don’t believe me? go to his website, there’s like a million songs to download there.

JJ, co-runner of the Cereal Factory, went on and on about how great this band No Bunny & His Fabulous Flys was in their previous incarnation, and that I should definitely check them out. since JJ is smarter than me (he wears glasses after all), I figured I would listen to him and I’ll be damned if they weren’t a real fun time. Kinda soulful, kinda garage-y, they sounded like a cross between two of my favorite local bands, Harold Ray: Live in Concert and Thee Mothballs. Like any good band, there were outfits involved and the singer was dressed in a bunny mask and fuzzy slippers. As far as I’m concerned, unless you are a particularly fetching young lady, there’s really no reason NOT to dress in a funny outfit if you’re a singer.

I had a real hoot. I don’t think I’ll be missing any Cereal Factory shows in the future.