Why Bonnie lock us in their ethereal new EP ‘Voice Box’

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There’s a line in Why Bonnie’s new EP Voice Box that would be gory rager if it wasn’t so perfectly cushioned in the Austin band’s dream rock.

“I don’t wanna yell / Take my voice box out / I can’t control myself, ” singer and guitarist Blair Howerton murmurs on the title track with a collected form of certainty. On paper, the lyrics seem to lend them themselves to a screech, but instead, Howerton delivers her resignation with a calm acceptance of the matter, offering up her creative outlet to the world.


That’s how much of the band’s debut EP (released April 10 by Fat Possum) unfolds, transforming a musical surrender into an ethereal gesture made for drifting off into daydreams. “It encapsulates a disconnect between my inner and outer world,” says Howerton,”and not being able to express myself authentically because of that — but, ultimately knowing I will crash and burn if I don’t.”