|Genres||Digital hardcore, industrial metal, punk rock, electropunk|
|Labels||Glitch Mode, Full Effect Records|
|Associated acts||The Shizit
Fighting Ice With Iron
Wolves Under Sail
Jenniffer "Sum Grrl" Bernett
Rabbit Junk is a Seattle based digital hardcore band, that formed in 2004 by former The Shizit frontman J.P. Anderson. Taking influences from such diverse music genres such as hip hop, nu metal and new wave, JP has called this sound "Hardclash".
Formation, self-titled album and REframe (2004-2006)
Rabbit Junk started in 2004 after the dissolution of JP Anderson's former band, The Shizit. After adding additional vocalist Jeniffer "Sum Grrl" Bernett to the band, the husband and wife electro-rock duo released their self-titled debut album titled Rabbit Junk in 2004. One year later, the band signed to Glitch Mode Recordings and released the follow-up to their debut album called REframe, which gained the band a stronger and more broad fan base.
They showcased heavier sound and influences from different styles, such as Black metal and Industrial metal/Digital hardcore band The Mad Capsule Markets. A video for the song "In Your Head No One Can Hear You Scream" was produced by the Kandycore Design Company. The project would later become a Live band, as JP added live guitarists and percussion to live shows.
After REframe was released, Rabbit Junk contributed the song "Industrial IS Dead" to the Glitch Mode compilation CD Hordes of the Elite. Later, a cover of Atari Teenage Riot's "Start The Riot" appeared on the D-Trash Records Atari Teenage Riot tribute album called "The Virus Has Been Spread".
This Life and Project Nonagon (2007-2010)
In October 2007, the first two Rabbit Junk albums were remastered by Tom Baker (who has worked with Marilyn Manson, Nine Inch Nails and The Bloodhound Gang), when the band signed onto the record label known as Full Effect. The band released a follow-up to REframe entitled This Life Is Where You Get Fucked on April 28, 2008. The album is a concept album, which consists around three 'suites', having their own themes drawing from specific influences for each facet. "Ghetto Blasphemer", "This Death Is Where You Get Life" and "The Struggle" are the three separate pieces that formed the album This Life is Where you get F*cked into an entire presentation.
The second part of Rabbit Junk's "Ghetto Blasphemer" suite, based on the works of HP Lovecraft, were released in July 2009 on their official site. The full Project Nonagon album was released in 2010. JP Anderson criticised his time on Full Effect Records, stating that although the label did nothing intentionally wrong, he felt "isolated" by the label's control over Rabbit Junk's image and interaction with fans.
"The Lost Years" (2011-2013)
After the band's departure from Full Effect Records, Anderson focussed his efforts on various side projects throughout 2009 including steampunk-inspired Fighting Ice With Iron, folk metal Wolves Under Sail and a revival of his old band The Shizit, later rebranded as The Named due to contract disputes with his former members in The Shizit. From 2011 to 2013, Rabbit Junk released a series of singles which Anderson claims were keeping the project "on life support" after the experiences with Full Effect. After the release of "Break Shins to This" in 2013, and the positive feedback that followed, Anderson decided to move Rabbit Junk's music direction into an altogether more electronic direction. The band released "From the Ashes" (which contained a sampled riff from "Dead Embryonic Cells" by Sepultura) on a 2013 Christmas sampler by Glitch Mode Recordings, who they would from then on work with on a regular basis, however the more theatrical metal direction was rejected for future releases. This era of the band would come to be known as "The Lost Years".
Pop That Pretty Thirty and EPs (2014-present)
After the feedback Anderson received from the Rabbit Junk singles, he decided to start work on a new EP, entitled "Pop That Pretty Thirty" which was released in 2014, shortly followed by their first live EP, "Live 2014". In January 2015 the band released the "Invasion" EP, with Anderson has since stating in interviews that Rabbit Junk will no longer release full-length albums and will only release extended plays, aiming for 2 per year, as it allows for more creative freedom and not being confined to fixed concepts.
In July 2015, Rabbit Junk's Facebook page changed its imagery to tease their next release, "Beast", released on October 28 2015. On February 9 2016, the band released "Singles from the Lost Years 2011-2013", which contained remastered and alternate versions of all the singles that were released in between "Project Nonagon" and "Pop That Pretty Thirty".
- J.P. Anderson – vocals, guitars, bass guitar, drums, keyboards, programming
- Jennifer "Sum Grrl" Bernertt – vocals
- Live band
- J.P. Anderson - vocals
- Sum Grrl - keyboards, electronics, vocals
- Coleman Thornburg - guitar
- Dan Gardner - guitar
- Kent Ames - drums
- Hare Brained: The Remixes (Unofficial release) (2005)
- Project Nonagon: The Struggle II (2008)
- Drek Kick: Cyanotic vs Rabbit Junk (2009)
- Project Nonagon: Ghetto Blasphemer II – From the Stars (2009)
- Pop That Pretty Thirty (2014)
- Invasion (2015)
- Beast (2015)
Live Extended plays
- Live 2014
- What Doesn't Kill You Will Make You A Killer (2011)
- Lucid Summations (2011)
- Bubble (2012)
- Boy With the Sun in His Eyes (2012)
- Own Up (2012)
- Break Shins to This (2013)
- Rabbit Junk Official MySpace Retrieved on April 19, 2008
- Glitch Mode Recordings - Rabbit Junk
- Interview With ReGEn Artist Spotlight
- JP Anderson on RABBIT JUNK and other projects: “The full-length album is dead” RockSins, September 10 2015. Retrieved September 19 2015.
- Official Website
- Rabbit Junk on Purevolume.com
- Rabbit Junk review by Metal Hammer
- Rabbit Junk review by Regen
- Rabbit Junk interview on Rockmidgets
- Rabbit Junk Official on MySpace
- Rabbit Junk Official on Facebook
- Rabbit Junk on Twitter