Haden playing with Jimmy Eat World, 2001
October 11, 1971 |
New York City, New York
|Instruments||Vocals, bass guitar, drums, keyboards|
|Associated acts||Beck, Dntel, Fightstar, The Haden Triplets, Jimmy Eat World, Lucky Pierre, Ozma, The Rentals, The Sell Outs, That Dog, Weezer|
In the early 1990s, Rachel played bass guitar for That Dog, a band that also included her sister Petra. Her sister Tanya also contributed cello on several That Dog recordings, but did not tour as an official member of the band. Around this time Rachel also played drums and performed backup vocals for Beck on the songs "Totally Confused" and "Steve Threw Up”. She also played drums for Beck’s “Pink Noise (Rock Me Amadeus)".
Later, Rachel became one of the four early members of the band the Rentals, along with Rod Cervera and Weezer’s Patrick Wilson and Matt Sharp. In 1996, she performed lead vocals on the Weezer song “I Just Threw Out the Love of My Dreams”, originally written for the abandoned Songs from the Black Hole album. Rachel was Rivers Cuomo's choice to play the "good girl" character, Laurel. As a special encore surprise for the audience, Rachel performed “I Just Threw Out the Love of My Dreams” with Weezer in the Hard Rock's "The Joint" in Las Vegas, NV, on Friday January 21, 2011.
In 1999, Rachel contributed a cover of the song “Poems, Prayers, and Promises” for the album A Tribute to John Denver. Around this same time, she played bass and performed vocals as a member of The Martinis along with Pixies guitarist Joey Santiago and his wife Linda Mallari. In 1999 Rachel also contributed backing vocals on "Snoother" by The For Carnation on their eponymous album.
In 2001, Rachel toured as a backup singer and keyboardist for Jimmy Eat World and is credited on their album Bleed American released that same year. She contributed vocals to the Dntel album Life Is Full of Possibilities. In 2004, Rachel, along with her sisters Petra and Tanya, recorded a set of traditional country songs as The Haden Triplets with their longtime friend and former Dieselhed member Zac Holtzman, currently of the band Dengue Fever.
In 2004 she contributed backing vocals for four songs on Lucky Pierre's ThinKing album. She continued to make music in the Los Angeles area, including with sister Petra's a cappella choir The Sell Outs and as a member of the most recent lineup of The Rentals. Rachel performed the female vocals for the duet "Heartache Vs Heartbreak" from Ozma's 2007 album Pasadena. She also performed the female vocals on the Fightstar album One Day Son, This Will All Be Yours. She sings backing vocals on the tracks "Unfamiliar Ceilings", "You & I", and the new b-side "Gracious".
Rachel can also be heard doing vocals throughout comedian Neil Hamburger's foray into music, the album Neil Hamburger Sings Country Winners. She duets with Neil on the song "Please Ask That Clown To Stop Crying". She has also contributed her vocals for a duet with Japanese alternative rock band Asian Kung-Fu Generation on the song "Hello, Hello".
Rachel toured with Todd Rundgren in late 2008, temporarily replacing longtime Rundgren bassist and collaborator Kasim Sulton, who at the time was touring with Meat Loaf. She played bass guitar and sang backing vocals for Brendan Perry on his 2010 Ark tour. In 2010 under the billing "The Haden Triplets," Rachel joined her sisters Petra and Tanya to sing the role of the Fates in Anais Mitchell's folk-opera, Hadestown. In 2011, she collaborated with Nerdcore group Supercommuter for the song "#1 Kyabajo" on their album Products of Science. Also in 2011, she contributed the track "I like Luci (demo)" to the various artists compilation, Kat Vox: A CD To Celebrate 20 Years of timmi-kat ReCoRDS on timmi-kat ReCORDS.