The Dead Rabbitts

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The Dead Rabbitts
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The Dead Rabbitts performing live in 2014. From left to right: TJ Bell, Rob Pierce (above), Craig Mabbitt (below) and Alex Torres.
Background information
Origin Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
Genres Metalcore, experimental metal, post-hardcore
Years active2011present
Labels Tragic Hero
Associated acts Blessthefall, Escape the Fate, The Word Alive, Eyes Set to Kill, Greeley Estates, Alesana, Motionless In White
Website The Dead Rabbitts on Facebook
Members Craig Mabbitt
TJ Bell
Past membersKevin "Thrasher" Gruft
Brian O'Dawd
Tony Aguilera
Augustus Cryns
Chris Julian
Alex Torres
Rob Pierce
Bobby Whitaker

The Dead Rabbittsare an American metalcore supergroup from Phoenix, Arizona. The band is a side project of Escape the Fate's lead vocalist, Craig Mabbitt and rhythm guitarist TJ Bell. The Dead Rabbitt's debut EP, Edge of Reality, was released on October 19, 2012 for people who purchased the album through PledgeMusic, and October 30, 2012 in the iTunes Store. The band's debut album, Shapeshifter , was released on July 1, 2014.

Metalcore is a fusion genre combining elements of extreme metal and hardcore punk, that originated in the late 1980s. Among other styles blending metal and hardcore, such as crust punk and grindcore, metalcore is noted for its use of breakdowns, which are slow, intense passages conducive to moshing. Other defining instrumentation includes heavy guitar riffs often utilizing percussive pedal tones and double bass drumming. Vocalists in the genre typically perform screaming, more popular bands often combine this with the use of standard singing, usually during the bridge or chorus of a song. However the death growl is also a popular technique within the genre.

Phoenix, Arizona State capital city in Arizona, United States

Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of Arizona, with 1,626,000 people. It is also the fifth most populous city in the United States and the only state capital with a population of more than one million residents. The state capital accounts for 23% of the state population.

In popular music, a side project is a project undertaken by one or more people already known for their involvement in another band. It can also be an artist or a band temporarily switching to a different style.



Formation and Edge of Reality (2011–2013)

In late 2011, lead vocalist Craig Mabbitt announced an upcoming side-project, along with an upcoming album for Escape the Fate. Mabbitt revealed that a single from the side-project would be released in February 2012, and the album would be produced by Caleb Shomo of Beartooth. Members of the side project would include Kevin "Thrasher" Gruft of LoveHateHero who later went on to join Escape the Fate, TJ Bell of Escape the Fate and formerly of Motionless In White, Alex Torres formerly of Eyes Set to Kill, Greeley Estates, and Alesana. He hinted that the album will be a reminiscent of the music he made while in his previous bands Blessthefall and The Word Alive.

Craig Mabbitt American musician

Craig Edward Mabbitt is an American singer-songwriter and recording artist. He is the lead vocalist for American rock band Escape the Fate. He was formerly the lead vocalist for the bands Blessthefall and The Word Alive. He is also the current lead vocalist of a side-project band, The Dead Rabbitts, along with Escape the Fate's rhythm guitarist, TJ Bell.

Escape the Fate American post-hardcore band

Escape the Fate is an American rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada, formed in 2004 and originally from Pahrump, Nevada. They are signed to Eleven Seven Music. The group consists of Robert Ortiz (drummer), Craig Mabbitt, TJ Bell, Kevin "Thrasher" Gruft and touring musician Erik Jensen (bassist). As of 2013, Ortiz is the last founding member in the current lineup of the group.

Caleb Shomo American musician

Caleb Joshua Shomo is the lead vocalist of metalcore band Beartooth, the former lead vocalist, guitarist, keyboardist, and early on backing vocalist of metalcore band Attack Attack!, and the owner of Studio Records in Columbus, Ohio. Shomo joined Attack Attack! as keyboardist at 15 years old while maintaining a passion for electronic music and eventually grew into record production by 18.

Mabbitt announced a tentative April 9 release date for the album, stating "what better day to release your album than on your birthday?", but this was later delayed. In January, he created a Facebook page and posted that he would stream a song from the side-project's upcoming EP if the page got to 50,000 "likes". [1] When the page got to around 49,500 likes, he revealed the title and lyrics for the upcoming song, titled "Edge of Reality". [2] The song "Edge of Reality" was released the moment the page reached 50,000 likes.

On March 30, he announced the name of the upcoming EP, Edge of Reality, under the band name "The Dead Rabbitts". On April 9, he released another song from the EP titled "World of Disaster".

In mid-2012, The Dead Rabbitts announced that they would be teaming with To Write Love on Her Arms and PledgeMusic with the release of the EP. Through PledgeMusic, fans were able to pre-order the EP along with extra items such as signed CD's, posters, concert tickets, and more. People who pre-ordered the album through the website, or "pledged", would also be able to download the album earlier than others. When the pre-orders hit the target goal, 5% of the money raised would be donated to To Write Love On Her Arms. Pledgers would also receive updates and exclusive videos. Mabbitt released certain songs from the EP when the target percentage of donations reached certain points, such as 55% or 75%. The target was reached on October 4, 2012, and the album was released on October 19.

To Write Love on Her Arms nonprofit organization

To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA) is an American non-profit organization which aims to present hope for people struggling with addiction, depression, self-injury and thoughts of suicide while also investing directly into treatment and recovery. Based in Melbourne, Florida, TWLOHA seeks to connect people to treatment centers, websites, books, support groups, helplines, and other resources. TWLOHA also encourages people to have honest conversations about mental health, and to live in community.

PledgeMusic is an online direct-to-fan music platform, launched in August 2009, that was started to facilitate musicians reaching out to their fanbase to pre-sell, market, and distribute music projects including recordings, music videos, and concerts. Broadly speaking it bears some similarities to such platforms as ArtistShare, Kickstarter, Indiegogo, Patreon, RocketHub and Sellaband.

The band set off on the "Pizza Party Tour" with bands Get Scared and Rob the Cartel and As Thick As Thieves The tour started in Tucson, Arizona on September 12, 2012, and ended September 29 in Sacramento, California.In December 2014 The Dead Rabbitts will be touring with The Word Alive.

Get Scared Band from the USA formed in Layton,Utah by the members Nicholas Matthews,Johnny Braddock,Lloyd Irreverse,Adam Virtosko and Dan Juarez

Get Scared is an American post-hardcore band from Layton, Utah. Formed in 2008, they released their first EP, Cheap Tricks and Theatrics, in 2009. Another EP, Get Scared, was released in 2010. The band's debut studio album, Best Kind of Mess, was released on July 12, 2011. Nicholas Matthews left the band to join Blacklisted Me, and the band released Cheap Tricks and Theatrics B-Sides on December 19, 2011, without any previous announcements. Matthews was replaced by Joel Faviere in 2011. The band's third EP, Built for Blame, Laced With Shame, was released in 2012 with Faviere. Faviere was kicked out a few months after the EP's release when Matthews rejoined the band. Following Matthews' comeback, the band signed with Fearless Records and released their second full-length album, Everyone's Out To Get Me, on November 11, 2013. The band's third studio album, Demons, was released on October 30, 2015, and marked a departure from the band's post-hardcore sound featured on Built for Blame and Everyone's Out to Get Me in favor of a more metalcore-like sound. Their fourth album, The Dead Days, was released on April 19, 2019 amidst a hiatus.

Tragic Hero Records (2014–present)

In November 2013, Dead Rabbitts signed with Tragic Hero Records and announced that they will be releasing an album sometime in 2014. [3] In December, they began recording songs with Andrew Wade. [4] On May 14, 2014, Dead Rabbitts via Tragic Hero Records released a preview of their new single titled "My Only Regret" and announced that it would be released on May 16. [5] On May 16 The Dead Rabbitts released "My Only Regrets", the title of their debut album Shapeshifter , a track list, and announced its release would be on July 1, 2014. On July 1, 2014, Shapeshifter was released via Tragic Hero Records's website and the iTunes Store. On November 7, the band released a music video for their song "Deer in the Headlights".[ citation needed ] In 2015, lead guitarist Alex Torres left the band.[ citation needed ]

Tragic Hero Records is a record label founded in Raleigh, North Carolina in March 2005 to represent the growing metalcore and post-hardcore scene of North Carolina. The label was founded by Tommy LaCombe, David Varnedoe and Jason Ganthner. Alesana was the first band the label signed. Among Tragic Hero's best-known signees are Strawberry Girls and A Skylit Drive, whose most recent album reached No. 64 on the Billboard 200; Alesana, who later signed with Fearless Records, Letlive, who later signed with Epitaph Records, and He Is Legend, who signed with Tragic Hero for their most recent album after several successful full-lengths on other labels.

Andrew Robert Wade is an American recording engineer and music producer.

<i>Shapeshifter</i> (The Dead Rabbitts album) 2014 studio album by The Dead Rabbitts

Shapeshifter is the debut album by American metalcore band The Dead Rabbitts. It was released on July 1, 2014. The single "My Only Regret" was released on May 16, 2014 along with the pre-order for the album.

On January 7, 2017, Bobby Whitaker was confirmed as the new lead guitarist of the band.[ citation needed ] On January 24, 2017, the band released the first single, "Dead Again", and the title of their second album, This Emptiness. [6] On January 29, 2017, they released a preview of their new single, "Burn It Down", a track list for the album, and announced its release would be on February 14, 2017. This upcoming record was produced by Kevin "Thrasher" Gruft and mixed by Andrew Wade. [7] On January 11, 2017 Rob Pierce left the band. and Blake Bailey replaced him as a touring musician.[ citation needed ] During their album release party in Mesa, Arizona, Erik Jensen played rhythm guitar alongside Bobby Whitaker. The band then announced Erik as a touring musician.[ citation needed ] Following the release of their new album, Bobby Whitaker left the band. [ citation needed ]

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