Beach Bunny: “The songs resonated with me a lot, but I’m happy to be on the other side of them”

Beach Bunny
(Image credit: Alec Basse)

In announcing Emotional Creature, the second full-length effort from Chicago power-pop outfit Beach Bunny, frontwoman Lili Trifilio – who started the band in 2015 as her solo bedroom “pop project” – explained that, over the course of the pandemic, she’d grown alongside her songs. “Some of [the tracks on Emotional Creature] were written in various stages of life,” she said, “and I think as we go through different experiences and hardships, you come out stronger.”

By proxy of its gestation across such a formative time in Trifilio’s life – the cerebral rollercoaster that is the transition from one’s early twenties, which is effectively just “being a teenager, but also being able to get sloshed”, into the soul-warping dredges of adulthood – Emotional Creature is much more introspective, contemplative and – for lack of a better term – “deeper” than its predecessor, 2020’s Honeymoon.

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Ellie Robinson
Editor-at-Large, Australian Guitar Magazine

Ellie Robinson is an Australian writer, editor and dog enthusiast with a keen ear for pop-rock and a keen tongue for actual Pop Rocks. Her bylines include music rag staples like NME, BLUNT, Mixdown and, of course, Australian Guitar (where she also serves as Editor-at-Large), but also less expected fare like TV Soap and Snowboarding Australia. Her go-to guitar is a Fender Player Tele, which, controversially, she only picked up after she'd joined the team at Australian Guitar. Before then, Ellie was a keyboardist – thankfully, the AG crew helped her see the light…