The Merica Fuck Yeah Tour
Baltimore’s Dog Fashion Disco together with Psychostick and The Bunny The Bear touring on The ‘Merica Fuck Yeah Tour.
At the Assembly in Sacramento, CA on 6-17-14
About The Bunny The Bear
The Bunny the Bear, an American post-hardcore band from Buffalo, New York, has gained a reputation for its diverse style of post-hardcore that draws inspiration from various rock and electronic subgenres such as synthpop, metalcore, experimental rock, alternative rock, and electronica.
Matthew Tybor, who is also known as “The Bunny” due to the rabbit mask and persona he assumes in the group, founded the band in 2008. Chris Hutka, known as “The Bear” for his bear mask, joined Tybor soon after. During the band’s formative years and the release of their first three albums, they struggled to maintain a consistent lineup, with ten different instrumentalists cycling through the band before the release of The Stomach for It. For their fourth album, Stories, they worked with studio musicians Doug White, a guitarist and the owner of Watchmen Recording Studios, and Matt McGinley, the current drummer of Gym Class Heroes. White and McGinley would collaborate with Tybor for the band’s following two albums, Food Chain and A Liar Wrote This. In 2012, Tybor reduced the band’s membership to two vocalists and began touring with a rotating cast of musicians.
The band’s original clean vocalist, Chris Hutka, had an on-and-off relationship with Tybor and the rest of the band, leaving three times. Moreover, he briefly departed in 2012 following the release of “The Stomach for It.” Additionally, he left again in 2013 shortly after the release of “Stories,” and departed for the final time in late 2014. Hutka appeared on all of the band’s releases prior to his final departure.
To date, The Bunny the Bear has released eight studio albums and two EPs. Tybor, the only consistent member of the band, writes all of the music and lyrics.
Psychostick, an American comedy metal band from Tempe, Arizona, has gained recognition for their humorous image and use of comedy in their songs and lyrics. They refer to their style as “humorcore,” as do some online album review sites.
To date, the band has nationally released five albums. They debuted with We Couldn’t Think of a Title on May 16, 2003, followed by Sandwich on May 5, 2009, and Space Vampires vs Zombie Dinosaurs in 3D on August 16, 2011. Their fourth album, IV: Revenge of the Vengeance, was released on November 4, 2014, with their latest album, Do, released during a webcast on July 24, 2018. The band began touring nationally in July 2006, playing with other national bands such as Three Days Grace, Army of Anyone, and Sick Puppies. They have also toured with Mushroomhead, Look What I Did, Powerglove, and Bobaflex.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the band continued to perform weekly concerts over Twitch and YouTube. Viewer donations kept the band financially stable, with half of the donations going to charity. On December 15, the band announced that Key would take a brief hiatus from the band for family reasons. Key later returned to the band on their weekly concert stream on February 18 and appeared in subsequent streams.
On February 24, 2022, during their Twitch concert, the band announced the release of a compilation of b-sides and rarities titled … and Stuff. The album was released on April 14, 2022, and debuted at #2 on Billboard’s Comedy Albums and #57 on the Current Albums chart.
About Dog Fashion Disco
Dog Fashion Disco was an American avant-garde band known for their eclectic sound and theatrical performances. The band was formed in 1995 and consisted of members Todd Smith on vocals, Steve Mears on guitar, John Ensminger on drums, and Greg Combs on bass.
Throughout their career, Dog Fashion Disco experimented with a variety of genres, including metal, rock, jazz, and even circus music. Their lyrics were often dark and surreal, touching on themes such as mental illness, addiction, and societal issues.
The band released several albums, including their debut album Erotic Massage, in 1997, and Anarchists of Good Taste in 2001. They also gained a following for their high-energy live performances, which often featured elaborate costumes and stage props.
Despite a few lineup changes over the years, Dog Fashion Disco continued to create innovative and experimental music until their disbandment in 2007. However, the band has since reunited for occasional performances and released new music, including their 2019 album Tres Pendejos.