WALTER'S

1120 Naylor Houston,TX 77002

PSALM ZERO (Profound Lore Records), BUOYANT SPIRIT, DRAGARM
Jan
19
8:00 pm20:00

PSALM ZERO (Profound Lore Records), BUOYANT SPIRIT, DRAGARM

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8 PM / $7 ADVANCE / $10 DAY OF / ALL AGES

PSALM ZERO is a new band that consists of respected avant-garde rock musician Charlie Looker (ex-Extra Life/Zs) and Andrew Hock of CASTEVET. With two such musicians coming together to work on a project together, one can only imagine the result that would culminate when their two respective musical backgrounds ultimately clash. Considering Looker (vocals/bass/synths/programming) and Hock’s (guitars/vocals) musical outputs have been unique and genre defining in their own respective scenes and repertoires, the result that ends up as PSALM ZERO sees the duo create intriguing experimental metal with pounding rhythms that complement melodic moments, Looker’s distinct vocals in dialogue with Hock’s harsh vocals, and an interesting amalgam of programmed synth and drum parts with electronic beats also finding their way into the mix. 

Nov 2013 saw the duo self-release their “Force My Hand” 7”EP where people would get a taste of what PSALM ZERO had to offer, along with the duo playing a good handful of local shows in the NY area where they would begin to make an impression. With their debut album “The Drain”, which was recorded by legendary producer Martin Bisi (Swans, Jim Jarmusch, Sonic Youth, Helmet, Bill Laswell, John Zorn etc.), PSALM ZERO will be set to deliver one of the more artistically inclined and unique heavy music albums in the first half of 2014.

WE BELONG: HOUSTONIANS OF MUSLIM DESCENT DISSENT W/ GIANT KITTY, RUINERS, TURNAWAYS, REVELS
Jan
20
8:00 pm20:00

WE BELONG: HOUSTONIANS OF MUSLIM DESCENT DISSENT W/ GIANT KITTY, RUINERS, TURNAWAYS, REVELS

$10 / 8 PM / ALL AGES

On January 20, 2016 a man takes the highest office in the country who has spent the last year and a half vilifying many groups in this country and around the world. We, as Houston musicians who are Muslim or are from Muslim families, are standing up on this day. This man and the people he surrounds himself with say that us, our families, and many of our friends do not belong in this country and that this country does not belong to us too. He is wrong.


Come join TURNAWAYSGiant KittyRuiners, and Revels - HTX at Walter’s Downtown on Inauguration Day to add your voices to ours. All proceeds will go to the ACLU of Texas because we will surely need them.

$10 cover. All ages, though there will be mature content as we are very angry.

THE DEEN WEEN GROUP
Feb
2
8:00 pm20:00

THE DEEN WEEN GROUP

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8:00 PM / ALL AGES / $20 - $24

The Deaner Album is the debut album from The Dean Ween Group. Dean Ween - aka The Deaner - recorded the album in several locations but finished it at his dedicated studio facility in Lambertville, NJ, across the river from his native New Hope, PA . The band will be celebrating the album's release with U.S. tour dates that start October 18 with their friends the Meat Puppets opening. The Deaner Album is to be released October 21, 2016 distributed by ATO Records.

On The Deaner Album, Dean brings his love of classic guitar rock to 14 original compositions (including four instrumentals) that echo everything from classic rock to cracked country to the quirky mix of soul, funk, metal and punk that defined Ween. "My tastes are very mainstream; I love Jimi Hendrix and Santana and Zeppelin, but my ears are always open," The Deaner says. "P-Funk, they're right up there with the Beatles. That's what my influences were - that and punk rock - and I wanted all that in this album."

"I got inspired about two years ago when I started this band and it hasn't dried up yet," he says. "I'm starting to realize what I want to get out of the Dean Ween Group and it's just more of all the good things I've ever liked about the records I've made. It's a solid record. I don't care if people like a record or not. If I know I put a lot of work into it, then I can live with it forever. I have no regrets musically about anything I've ever done… Ween, Moist Boyz, Chris Harford, whatever. And I got there with my record. A lot of work went into it and I hope it translates when you hear it."

"After Ween stopped, I put my guitar down for almost a year," Dean says. "I'll never do that again. I'm so into practicing and writing and being good at my craft right now. I'm back in playoff shape. I write and play and record all day, every day, and I'm going to keep it there for the rest of my life."
Once he started performing live with the Dean Ween Group, it was inevitable he'd start writing songs for his new band too. Once he started, he couldn't stop. "I never forget ideas. I can write a chorus, a melody, a rhyme, a lick, they never go away," The Deaner says. "So there are a lot of scraps on this record that became fleshed out. Most of these songs started from one of the scraps, and then there'd be nothing left of it by the time I was done with the song. I still do that, I'll always do that."

" I don't know if you're allowed to steal from yourself," he adds, "but I think you are."

Initially, The Deaner Album found Dean moving to a more ensemble approach to recording, as he enlisted the services of current bandmates as well as old friends including the Meat Puppets' Curt Kirkwood, legendary punk drummer Chuck Treece, and guitarists Mike "Kidd Funkadelic" Hampton, Scott Rednor, and Bill Fowler among others. "If I woke up in the middle of the night with an idea, I'd call a session and have the whole band come in and learn the song and play it together," The Deaner says. "That was really different for me. I could actually show some patience and not just half-ass it. If I needed a drummer, I'd get the best drummer I could to play that particular song. "

Another huge change for Dean was moving into his own studio, converted from an old chicken coop in the woods of Western New Jersey on a patch of land donated by a friend's father. "I think finally having my own studio has been a big part of why this record is as good as it is," he says. "All the gear I've acquired over the years that's been in storage and my garage and my attic, it's all in one place now. Every guitar I've ever bought, every amp, every pedal, every effect, all in one place and it's all getting used all the time. I'm there pretty much all day, every day, all night, every night, doing something - recording, practicing, mixing. It's in the country, in the woods, nobody can hear us, and I've got a sound system in there powerful enough to power a big club. And you can go outside in your underwear and smoke a cigarette or blow off a grenade and nobody's going to hear you."

The Deaner recorded three of the tracks on the album by himself, playing all of the instruments. That includes "SchwarzPete," a loving tribute to guitar hero Les Paul and the collection's oldest song, originally written years ago for a TV pilot. "I always wanted that song to be on a record," he says. "I love that style of guitar playing."

Before diving headfirst into The Deaner Album, Dean produced and engineered Moistboyz V, his fifth collaboration with punk singer Guy Heller. "My idea was to do the Moistboyz' record and my record at the same time, but I realized I needed to focus on one record at a time and shelved my record for a bit," he says. "Then when I moved into my new studio a year or so ago, I just really went all in on my record, no distractions, no side projects. I did a lot of gigging, but that just benefited the record because my playing and singing just kept getting better."

The Deaner has contributed to numerous projects helmed by his close friend Josh Homme including albums by Queens Of The Stone Age, Mark Lanegan and The Desert Sessions as well as working with Yoko Ono, Ben Vaughn and many others.

He also hosts the weekly "Invitational Jam" at the venue John & Peters in New Hope. Musicians who sign up for this perform with the house band which consists The Deaner, the instrumental backbone of Ween, Mike Hampton (Parliament-Funkadelic), Vincent Martell of Vanilla Fudge, and many others. Players fly in from all over the country to get in on the action. He also holds a captain's license and run his own charter fishing company out of Belmar, New Jersey.

For more than 30 years, Dean Ween has been best known as the guitar-slinging partner of Gene Ween in the international cult band Ween. Dean and Gene formed Ween as middle-school students in 1984 and released nine studio albums (five on Elektra Records) and six live albums before going on hiatus in 2012. The group reunited in 2016 and plans to continue performing live. The Dean Ween Group includes touring Ween members Claude Coleman Jr., Dave Dreiwitz, and Glenn McClelland as well as Bill Fowler formed about two years ago as a way for The Deaner to get back into live performance.

YOU BLEW IT!
Feb
3
7:00 pm19:00

YOU BLEW IT!

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7:00 PM / $12 ADVANCE / $15 DAY OF / $17 BOX OFFICE

You Blew It! is an American emo quintet based in Orlando, Florida. The band was formed in 2009 by Tanner Jones, Timothy Flynn, and Matt Messore. In 2012, the band released their debut LP, Grow Up, Dude under Topshelf Records. Prior to their LP, the band released two EPs: EP in 2009 and The Past in the Present in 2010.

Following Grow Up, Dude the band released a split EP in 2013 entitled Florida Doesn't Suck with fellow Floridian band, Fake Problems. Their 2014 LP, Keep Doing What You're Doing achieved the most commercial success of any of their albums, charting in the Billboard 200, the Billboard Top Heatseekers and the Independent Albums charts. Later that same year, the band released a cover EP, entitled You Blue It which features covers from Weezer's 1994 album, The Blue Album. The most recent work by the band is a three-track EP entitled Pioneer Of Nothing which came out in early 2015.

TYVEK, FRED THOMAS, ROSE ETTE
Feb
17
8:00 pm20:00

TYVEK, FRED THOMAS, ROSE ETTE

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8 PM / $10 / ALL AGES

Following the release of his critically-lauded 2015 album All Are Saved, songwriter/producer Fred Thomas entered a period of enormous transition. He gave notice at the writing job that had offered stability for years, got married and moved to Canada, all between multiple tours that ran the spectrum from sold out opening slots to sleeping in the car after empty gigs. At the end of yet another tour he returned to Athens, Georgia, to again work with producer Drew Vandenberg (of Montreal, Mothers, many more) on an album aiming to encapsulate the nonstop changes that had sprung out of this phase of his life. Naturally, this record is named Changer.

The unflinchingly direct lyrical approach that defined All Are Saved continues here, with themes of uncertainty and struggle coming up over and over. A working title for the record was “Hope I’m Funny,” a reference to the opening line of an especially bleak Richard Pryor routine. The comedian found himself confused at the audience’s applause before he’s even uttered a word, certain he was going to disappoint them and feeling a little set up, but still hoping for the best.

That sense of floating between dread and promise runs through the album, present in the drunk-dial desperation of live favorite “Brickwall” as much as the chopped up harp samples that propel the electronics-heavy “Echolocation.” The production here is some of the densest in Fred’s catalog, with straightforward guitar pop burners like “Voiceover” melting into synth-heavy instrumental segments like the glistening, Boards of Canada indebted “Oval Beach.” That these moments of textural ambience make sense alongside stripped-down guitar pop speaks to the overall flow and vision of the album, which was meticulously edited from an hour long first draft to the lean 33 minute final product.

Taken from start to finish, Changer slowly tells a story that is more felt than explicitly narrated. Rather than insisting on finding an answer or some greater meaning in the shifting nature of lives in motion, these songs simply offer vivid snapshots and strange scenes. Even in its darkest moments, however, there’s an underlying sense of hope, that every mundane laundromat trip, every bummer night, every empty gig, hours logged at pointless summer jobs, or even the pain of tragedy could be for something bigger and lead to the next beautiful change.


BANDS FOR BARK: VOX VOCIS as CARLY RAE JEPSON, PRETTY TEETH as DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE, ROGUES AMONG US as BLINK 182, ZACH & THE GANG as HAIL THE SUN, BRAINSTORM FOR TUESDAY as AT THE DRIVE-IN...
Dec
17
6:00 pm18:00

BANDS FOR BARK: VOX VOCIS as CARLY RAE JEPSON, PRETTY TEETH as DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE, ROGUES AMONG US as BLINK 182, ZACH & THE GANG as HAIL THE SUN, BRAINSTORM FOR TUESDAY as AT THE DRIVE-IN...

RSVP / 6 PM / $10

A dynamic group of bands take the stage tonight - but not as themselves. Acts will be covering famous names such as Death Cab For Cutie, and Blink 182 in this fundraiser show to raise money for BARC, a dog shelter based out of houston.

CHARITY SHOW 5: COCAINE IN THE ARMY, ACID JACKET, TOTAL NIGHTMARE, CONIDITIONER, DJ MISS CHAMPAGNE
Dec
15
8:00 pm20:00

CHARITY SHOW 5: COCAINE IN THE ARMY, ACID JACKET, TOTAL NIGHTMARE, CONIDITIONER, DJ MISS CHAMPAGNE

RSVP / 8 PM / $10

Tis the season of giving, join us at Walters on December 15th for the last charity show of the year where all band proceeds will be donated to Boys and Girls Harbor, who offer invaluable services to our city. 

About Boys and Girls Harbor:
Serving the Greater Houston Metropolitan Area, Boys & Girls Harbor is a 501(c)(3) non-profit home that welcomes children in need regardless of race, creed, color or financial status. Harbor facilities are licensed by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.
Not surprisingly, the perspectives of the children served by Boys & Girls Harbor are varied. Some have known nothing but abuse, others nothing but neglect or abandonment. Boys & Girls Harbor programs and supports are designed to help children and youth from any situation or background, and let them experience the life they deserve – one filled with love and care not hurt and anger.
The true essence of life at the Harbor is children living in a family-style environment with house parents. This sense of security results in positive behavior. This family life also provides the campus with a strong sense of community.

Show details:
$10 entry. Doors at about 8pm.

Bill:
Cocaine in the Army
Acid Jacket
Total Nightmare
Conditioner

Miss Champaign Records will be DJing as well. It's going down. 

Thanks to everyone for an incredible year so far, Charity Shows are really looking forward to 2017. The world can be shitty, lets not be.

PUNXMAS 11: KINETIC DISCHORD (ATX), DECATHECT, GOD FEARING FUCK, DIE FAST, KEMO FOR EMO, THE COPS, ESCAPE FROM THE ZOO, TSS, PRETTY SHITTY (ATX)
Dec
10
7:00 pm19:00

PUNXMAS 11: KINETIC DISCHORD (ATX), DECATHECT, GOD FEARING FUCK, DIE FAST, KEMO FOR EMO, THE COPS, ESCAPE FROM THE ZOO, TSS, PRETTY SHITTY (ATX)

RSVP / $10 / ALL AGES / DOORS: 6 PM / SHOW: 7 PM

Punxmas fest is a part of HURRICANE HOLIDAY WEEKEND and is a benefit this year! All donated money will go to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe! Help us in supporting their efforts in North Dakota!

KINETIC DISCHORD (ATX)
DECATHECT
GOD FEARING FUCK
DIE FAST
KEMO FOR EMO
COPS
ESCAPE FROM THE ZOO
TSS (Victoria)
PRETTY SHITTY (ATX)

DJ EARL (Teklife), HOUSE OF KENZO / SANTA MUERTE (Collaborative performance), MOONDOCTOR (Teklife), JOSIAH GABRIEL, GRITSY DJs: SURAJ K, HEAVY D, CONRAD
Dec
9
9:00 pm21:00

DJ EARL (Teklife), HOUSE OF KENZO / SANTA MUERTE (Collaborative performance), MOONDOCTOR (Teklife), JOSIAH GABRIEL, GRITSY DJs: SURAJ K, HEAVY D, CONRAD

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DJ Earl: A mainstay of Chicago's juke/footwork scene, DJ Earl is a member of the Teklife collective along with genre pioneers DJ Spinn, DJ Gant-Man, and the late DJ Rashad. Like those artists, his tracks combine jittery uptempo rhythms and heavy bass with manipulated soul, jazz, and hip-hop samples. He has numerous hard-edged tracks which celebrate drugs and sex, but he also has more reflective, ambient moments. He began participating in dance battles in 2005, and started making music in 2008 after meeting Rashad and Spinn. He joined their Ghettoteknitianz collective, appearing on their eponymous 12" EP and Bangs & Works, Vol. 2, both released by Planet Mu in 2011. He released numerous digital albums and EPs, including collaborations with Heavee and DJ Manny. Ghettoteknitianz morphed into Teklife, and Earl appeared on Rashad's acclaimed 2013 album Double Cup (Hyperdub), in addition to releasing his debut 12" EP Blue Summer (on Lil Pitch) that year. Following Rashad's untimely death in 2014, Earl appeared on Teklife's Next Life tribute compilation, as well as two of Hyperdub's tenth anniversary compilations. He also collaborated with Lee Bannon and fellow Teklifers DJ Paypal and DJ Taye. In 2016, Teklife released Rashad's Afterlife (which Earl contributed to), as well as Earl's Open Your Eyes LP, which included collaborations with Oneohtrix Point Never, Moondoctor, and Suzi Analogue. Earl also released a cassette EP on Analogue's Never Normal Records, and the two collaborated under the name WORKFLOWW. ~ Paul Simpson, Rovi

FEA, GIANT KITTY, ONLY BEAST, THE ANCIENT GODS
Dec
8
8:00 pm20:00

FEA, GIANT KITTY, ONLY BEAST, THE ANCIENT GODS

DOORS OPEN: 8 PM / ALL AGES / $8 ADVANCE / $10 DAY OF

Fea is the continued ferocity of Girl In A Coma’s Phanie Diaz and Jenn Alva, joined by lead vocalist Letty Martinez and guitarist Aaron Magana. Their melodic brand of riot grrrl chicana punk immediately caught the ear of many iconic collaborators, such as Joan Jett who signed them to Blackheart Records. Fea soon joined legendary, hard-rocking Babes In Toyland on their nation-wide reunion tour; Babes drummer Lori Barbero producing their first release, 'Zine EP,' which comes out on Blackheart April 22. For their full-length LP landing July 15, subsequent producers have been Laura Jane Grace, fearless leader of prolific punk band Against Me!, and Alice Bag of The Bags, an early innovator of the L.A. punk scene— all of whom perfectly compliment the band’s fierce exploration of societal, cultural and gender-related issues.  With all cylinders ablaze, Fea is a truly unique riot grrrl resurgence out of San Antonio, TX.

A L T E R E D S T A T E S: SMOKEY EMERY, FUTURE BLONDES, COLLIN HEDRICK
Dec
4
8:00 pm20:00

A L T E R E D S T A T E S: SMOKEY EMERY, FUTURE BLONDES, COLLIN HEDRICK

BUY TICKETS / 8 PM / $5 ADVANCE / $8 DAY OF SHOW

A L T E R E D S T A T E S is a new music series at Walters dedicated to Texas werido music and visual artists: everything from techno, minimal wave, jazz and post punk. Birthday show for Walters bartender/booker David B!

"Surrounded by a patchwork of recently antiquated playback devices, Houston-born vagabond Smokey Emery (aka Daniel Hipolito) summons wave after harrowing wave of impending cataclysm with his adroit tape manipulation." - Austin Chronicle

YOU NEED PICS
Dec
4
12:00 pm12:00

YOU NEED PICS

RSVP / 12 PM NOON - 4 PM

If you're a band or an artist and you're tagged in this, then you've been selected to get a FREE pic from a Professional Photographer. You can also book sessions for a later date wth photographers on hand.
Photographers: Daniel Jackson  Marco Torres  Aoife Haney  Jay Tovar  Tea EsMars-Hall Forse Walker  Osman Paul Galindo  Greg Noire - PhotographerJordan Asinas  Michael Villegas  Christi Lain Vest  Rooben Jimenez More to be added

Artists Selected: EL LAGO  Jealous Creatures  Doomstress - Band  Genesis Blu  Rex Hudson  Lace  Ancient Cat Society  Bang Bangz  Young MammalsYOUNG GIRLS  LIMB  Pitter Patter  football, etc.  Ruiners  FlygerWoods  JERKClay Melton  The Grizzly Band Jawwaad Always-now  Gabe Bravo  Mind ShrineMantra Love A Sundae Drive  Cleen Teens more to be added

Doors at Noon
Event runs until about 4 pm
Drink Specials for all
David Garrick behind the bar making bloody mary's
Photographers will be fed by our pals at Phoenicia Specialty Foods 

If you're a photographer & you want to meet some bands and network, or if you're a listed artist who can't attend, please contact David Garrick

FALLCORE DAY TWO: STRIFE, 100 DEMONS, XIBALA, SECT, SENTENCED TO BURN, DIE YOUNG, SURVIVAL METHOD, JUDICIARY, BODY PRESSURE, UNITED RACE, MIND KILL, SKOURGE, BLUNT
Dec
3
5:00 pm17:00

FALLCORE DAY TWO: STRIFE, 100 DEMONS, XIBALA, SECT, SENTENCED TO BURN, DIE YOUNG, SURVIVAL METHOD, JUDICIARY, BODY PRESSURE, UNITED RACE, MIND KILL, SKOURGE, BLUNT

 

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Fallcore 2016
Dec. 2-3 at Walter's Downtown

$38 Two-Day Pass

Day 1, December 2nd. 
RAMALLAH
WILL TO LIVE
LESSER DEGREE
BLOODHOUND
WILDSPEAKER
OMERTA

Doors at 7pm
$13 pre-sale / $15 door


Day 2, December 3rd. 
STRIFE
100 DEMONS
XIBALBA
SECT
SENTENCED TO BURN
DIE YOUNG
SURVIVAL METHOD
JUDICIARY
BODY PRESSURE
UNITED RACES
MIND KILL
SKOURGE
BLUNT

Doors at 2:30pm
$27 pre-sale / $30 door

FALLCORE DAY ONE: RAMALLAH, WILL TO LIVE, LESSER DEGREE, BLOODHOUND, WILDSPEAKER, OMERTA
Dec
2
5:00 pm17:00

FALLCORE DAY ONE: RAMALLAH, WILL TO LIVE, LESSER DEGREE, BLOODHOUND, WILDSPEAKER, OMERTA

 

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Fallcore 2016
Dec. 2-3 at Walter's Downtown

$38 Two-Day Pass

Day 1, December 2nd. 
RAMALLAH
WILL TO LIVE
LESSER DEGREE
BLOODHOUND
WILDSPEAKER
OMERTA

Doors at 7pm
$13 pre-sale / $15 door


Day 2, December 3rd. 
STRIFE
100 DEMONS
XIBALBA
SECT
SENTENCED TO BURN
DIE YOUNG
SURVIVAL METHOD
JUDICIARY
BODY PRESSURE
UNITED RACES
MIND KILL
SKOURGE
BLUNT

Doors at 2:30pm
$27 pre-sale / $30 door

NOBUNNY, THE COWBOYS, SAILOR POON, THE COPS, THE WIGGINS
Dec
1
8:00 pm20:00

NOBUNNY, THE COWBOYS, SAILOR POON, THE COPS, THE WIGGINS

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DOORS: 8 PM / $10 ADVANCE / $12 DAY OF / ALL AGES

Always clad in a fuzzy (and mildly psychotic-looking) rabbit mask and often wearing little else, NOBUNNY is a one-man pop-punk onslaught whose simple, infectiously hooky tunes and lusty outlook have earned comparisons to the Ramones,Hasil Adkins, and the Cramps, and whose untamed (and sometimes bottomless) stage shows have led some to call him a cuddly version of G.G. Allin. NOBUNNY is the alter ego of Justin Champlin, who was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, and relocated to San Francisco, California.Champlin first made a name for himself as the drummer with garage punks the Okmoniks and later co-founded the Sneaky Pinks, a two-man punk-pop party machine. 

With NOBUNNY, Champlin streamlined the concept of the Sneaky Pinks by paring the consistent lineup down to just one person (or one mutant; as part of the NOBUNNY myth, Champlin claims to be the product of a liaison between a woman and a jackalope). Sometimes working solo and sometimes backed by a constantly shifting group of musicians, Champlinhas been performing as NOBUNNY since 2001, though it wasn’t until 2008 that he made his recorded debut with the album Love Visions. Primarily recorded at home with Champlin handling most of the instruments, Love Visions was released by the tiny Bubbledum Records label; it earned enthusiastic reviews in the underground music press and was reissued in 2009 by the somewhat larger 1-2-3-4 Go! Records. In 2009, NOBUNNY put out a single through Horizontal Action Records, “Give It to Me” b/w “Motorhead with Me,” and a cassette-only album, Raw Romance, on Burger Records. 

NOBUNNY also kept up a busy touring schedule in the wake of Love Visions, telling reporter Eric Allen, “The road is good, because at least I know where my next meal is coming from. I find life much easier on tour. It’s not being on tour that is hard for me.” In September of 2010, NOBUNNY’s second full-length album, First Blood, was released by Goner. After a relatively quiet 2011 with no recordings released, NOBUNNY returned in 2012 with a single for Suicide Squeeze and an EP for Goner. He stuck with Goner for his third full-length blast of garage punk, 2013’s Secret Songs.