With their appealing mix of punk rock, pop, garage rock and rockabilly, high-octane trio The Bunny Hop have made an impressive debut with “Hair Helmet.” The band came together in 2012 when John White and Andrea Tarka of pop/punk outfit Stewart teamed up with no-wave act Green Andy and they began exploring their shared musical influences.
“Hair Helmet” was recorded in John and Andrea’s Haverford, Pa., basement and serves as a rock-solid six-track introduction to The Bunny Hop that stomps by in a very efficient 13 minutes. Not every song is a winner here — “Wholesale” and set closer “The Day the Band took Over” are the weak links — but there are more hits than misses.
Opener “I Want to Be in a Cover Band” is the clear-cut highlight, but The Bunny Hop also score with “How Does That Sound,” “Big Intuition” and “Tact.” I look forward to hearing what the band can do over the course of a full-length album. (Jeffrey Sisk)