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JESSICA VISCIUS

published 3.17

Formed in January of last year, Chicago band 

Bunny released three singles and a music video during 2016 despite still figuring out how to play their instruments. We got the chance to talk to Jessica  Viscius about life in Chicago, playing in a band with her twin, and what’s happening next for Bunny.

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What were you like in high school?

 

JESSICA:​​

I was a terrible student, I was always lovesick, depressed and didn't care about grades. I failed a few classes...

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What did you study in college?

 

JESSICA:

Graphic Design 

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How long have you been working for Pitchfork? What’s your job like?

JESSICA:

Almost 3 years at this point. My job is really chill. It's a small team, just myself, our creative director Mike and three other awesome designers who all happen to be women.

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Did working for Pitchfork help you become a part of the music community or are they separate worlds?

 

JESSICA:

They are pretty separate! I got into the Chicago music scene just by going to friend's shows. I've been to a lot of really terrible shows, like a friend of a friend's boyfriend or something like that. But then every once in awhile a show would really blow me away and I was like this is cool... I wanna do this, can I do this? 

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Who are some of your all-time favorite bands and musicians?

JESSICA:

Bob Dylan #1 . Other all-time favs: Ariel Pink, Broadcast, Vashti Bunyan, Soko, Blind Willie Mctell, The Exploding Hearts, Frank Sinatra, The Talking Heads, ABBA, Elizabeth Cotten, The Strokes, The Clean, Joanna Newsom, Television... Idk this list can go on forever.

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What made you want to start a band?

JESSICA:

Just being inspired by friends that we're playing music. I wrote a few songs and shared them with people and everyone was like, hey these are alright, you should do something with these. 

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What influences your songwriting?

JESSICA:

BOYS

 

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How would you categorize Bunny’s sound?

JESSICA:

I hate this question! Someone once described our music as "grunge/punk/folk/psych rock"... so i'll just cover all my bases and go with that.

 

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Having several new musicians, what has been your biggest challenge as a band?

JESSICA:

Oh it's all so new to us, so we're just learning as we go along. We're late bloomers... I remember the first show I played, I had no idea what was going on. The sound guy was like, "we're just gonna do a line-check and you'll be direct support" and I was like "Oh for sure, for sure!" then ran outside to google what those things meant... lol.

 

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Has the band played any covers?

JESSICA:

We covered the In Heaven song from the movie Eraserhead at a show we played on Halloween.

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How has being in Bunny changed you this past year?

JESSICA:

I just feel more fulfilled now. I'm always so busy, which I like. When I'm not busy, my mind wanders and I loose it! 

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What’s next for Bunny?

JESSICA:

We're starting to plan some midwest tours, and we're recording VERY soon! 

 

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Do you like playing in houses or venues more?

JESSICA:

Venues maybe because the bathrooms are nicer. 

 

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What is it like being in a band with your twin?

 

JESSICA: 

This is the first time we've played music together. It's very cool~we're best friends and we have this closeness that is very special. Sometimes I write songs from her perspective about things she's going through. 

 

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Growing up in Chicago, how has your perspective on the city changed now that you’re older?

JESSICA:

It feels like a small town to me now. You always have to be prepared when you leave the house to run into people you love or hate.

 

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How do you think the Chicago music scene compares to surrounding areas?

JESSICA:

The scene here ROCKSSSS. People are very supportive and sincere. Everyone looks out for each other. 

 

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In what ways do you wish the Chicago scene were different?

JESSICA:

Too many boy bands... 

 

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Can you see yourself living anywhere else?

JESSICA:

I lived in NY but it made me crazy. I would still give it another whirl though.

 

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What do you hope for in 2017?

 

JESSICA:

I hope Trump explodes...

FLYERS BY JESSICA VISCIUS

"Promises" music video