This week’s COREnered grooves with the Robbie (R) and Darren (D), the duo known as Rabbits Running. All of their music was written and recorded last summer in a flurry of inspiration and there is a lot more on the way.
Robbie’s voice is run through 3 guitar pedals before going into a loop pedal that two other keyboards are feeding, including one that he straps on like a keytar. Darren rocks the drums and sings backups while also bumping computer-created beats that he can manipulate. Read on to find out the inspiration behind these guys and what keeps the public continually jiving to their innovative sound.
What is your first musical memory?
(R) From the age of 3 my grandmother, “Precious,” would take my older brother and myself to the San Francisco Symphony where I remember loving the music but inevitably falling asleep only to be awakened by John Phillip Souza fanfare and balloons falling from the ceiling.
(D) My mother Stephanie singing me and my brothers Matthew and Adrian to sleep… then waking us up with a song about the cup of tea she was making. This continued until I left for college.
What was the first concert you ever went to?
(R) My uncle, Greg Ellis, is a professional drummer so I remember going to his concerts early on. But the first big concert I went to was in sixth grade when my dad’s co-worker had an extra ticket to go see Hanson with his daughter. Yes, Hanson was my first concert and I’m ok with this.
(D) Loads of school productions but the first Stadium concert I went to was was Radiohead in Newcastle UK.
What or whom do you go to for musical inspiration?
(R) I find that surfing sparks a lot of inspiration. But it’s often the most mundane of tasks that inspire my songs; showering, washing dishes, driving, etc. Time when my mind is able to catch up with itself and sift through the stream of music flowing through my head. I have my musical usuals which include: Radiohead, Bjork, Jeff Buckley, Grizzly Bear, Michael Jackson, Bird and the Bee and Juana Molina as well as Ravel, Stravinsky and Shostakovich. So many more but these seem to be staples.
(D) Every day life but I do have a soft spot for Fantasy books and films. Those guys are so creative.
Without using the words “alternative,” “pop,” or “rock,” describe your sound.
We currently call our style “Eerie-Danceable-Rock-Pop” but I guess I can’t say the last two words so we’ll stick to visuals; think Dead Things Dancing.
Stones or Beatles?
(R) Absolutely the Beatles!
(D) Beatles everyday
What’s your dream collaboration?
I would weep if I could collaborate with Bjork. I’d also love to see what I could do with Zero 7. They’re so tasty.
Do you find the song or does the song find you?
The songs find me and it’s my job to decipher them and get them down before they’re lost.–they’re usually lost.
How do you discover new music?
(R) Friends who have great taste and Pandora radio most often. There’s also the occasional random discovery like when I was riding in an elevator up to the Encounter Restaurant at LAX and discovered Esquivel.
(D) Be open and willing to enjoy the beauty of diversity, just because something is different to what you’re used to it doesn’t make it less beautiful. Go traveling + make a new friend.
If you’re going to be in LA on April 17, go check out Rabbits Running @ the Cat Club on Sunset Blvd. in West Hollywood at 7:30 pm.
Together www.RabbitsRunning.com for their free downloadable EP