Chicago-based band Bnny, led by Jess Viscius alongside her twin sister Alexa Viscius, plus best friends Tim Makowski, Matt Pelkey, and Adam Schubert, announce their debut album, Everything (Fire Talk), out August 20th. In conjunction, they present a new single/video, “Ambulance,” which follows the previously released “Time Walk.” Everything may as well be a field recording taken from the lone country of grief. Written in sessions that span several years by singer Jess Viscius as she processed the death of her partner, the album is a chronicle of love at its most complex and loss at its most persistent. Viscius and her bandmates render these songs as inky noir vignettes, with her half-whispered vocals giving them a sense of poise and power that’s cool to the touch, even as the songs find her at her most vulnerable.
Jess Viscius started Bnny in the moment, after someone’s guitar had been left at her apartment. After teaching herself a few chords, she quickly found songwriting to be therapeutic in ways visual art couldn’t touch. Motivated by encouragement from her sister and former Bnny drummer Drew Ryan, her drive to make music stuck. “I don’t cry often, generally I’m not super emotional,” Viscius says. “But when I sit down to play guitar, I can get in touch with the side of myself that I only know exists when I’m writing.”
The first half of Everything was written in the midst of a tumultuous relationship, while the second half was composed in its aftermath, but both sides are haunted by romance—even when she writes about her anger and disillusionment, the soft husk of Viscius’ voice and the depth of the songwriting as a testament to the sweetness that’s been lost. In the early songs, Viscius mulls over her responsibilities, bites back at broken promises, and occasionally finds herself adrift.
In Viscius’ words, new single “Ambulance” “is about wishful thinking. It’s about guilt and forgiveness. It’s about reconciling with your past. It’s about saying goodbye.” Her voice is airy over gentle guitar strums and minimal pluckings of bass. The video, self-directed and featuring Jess Viscius, was filmed by Alexa Viscius throughout the city of Chicago. It complements the melancholy-tinged mood of “Ambulance.”