Bad Rabbits will fully unleash their post-R&B futuristic funk-punk assault in the form of their anticipated debut album American Love this Spring.
Since the release of their buzzed-about Stick Up Kids EP in 2009, Bad Rabbits have been making a name for themselves as one of the most compelling and eclectic groups to emerge on the music scene. They quickly garnered a loyal following, especially in their hometown of Boston, MA. Over the past four years, the quintet - Fredua "Dua" Boakye [vocals], Sheel Davé [drums], Salim Akram [guitar], Graham Masser [bass], and Santiago Araujo [guitar] – has honed a sound that can be described as some kind of sonic Pulp Fiction. It’s sexy, smooth and soulful, fusing together classic ’90’s R&B, post-rock, funk, punk and metal influences to create a futuristic new jack swing. And then there is Dua’s voice. His chill-inducing falsetto and textured vocals claim the space somewhere between Sly Stone and Prince and add an otherworldly shine to Bad Rabbits that is unmatched.
With a high-octane live show that encompasses flashes of old-school synchronized dance moves and bone-rattling hardcore musical antics, it is no surprise that the band has opened for the likes of Wu-Tang Clan, Passion Pit, Deftones, Mos Def, Travie McCoy, GlassJaw, Bad Brains, Foxy Shazam and played the Vans Warped Tour. They also recently shared the stage with John Legend, Common and T-Pain at OurTime.org’s Inaugural Youth Ball during the 2013 Presidential Inauguration Weekend.
For Bad Rabbits, the release of their debut album American Love is not only a presentation of their expansive musical palette but also of their cultural diversity. Sheel, Dua, and Santiago are all first-generation Americans. Their parents originally hail from India, Liberia and Ghana, and Italy and Argentina respectively. The cultural melting pot of the band, representative of America’s vast diversity, served as the inspiration behind the album title – a nod to the band’s diverse backgrounds and their shared love for a wide variety of musical styles.