My Thoughts on the Band, the Upcoming Show, and How it Really is All About the Music, Man

Hello Rabbit Troopers, Andrew here…

First of all:

This Monday, April 30, 2012 at TT the Bear’s Place in Cambridge, MA at 8 pm.

Rabbit Troop Forever, Emily Peal, The La de Les, Bent Knee

Tickets on Sale now or at the door.

Anyway,

I’ve recently found myself philosophizing frequently on life, and more to the point, my life…and since Rabbit Troop Forever has a great deal to do with my life, I wanted to share my thoughts on the band.  To accomplish this, perhaps a long and drawn out background of the band, from my perspective of course, shall I explain….

As some of you know, Rabbit Troop Forever has a long history which predates the band.  Nick and I grew up together in Maine and started to jam in middle school.  We made some decent recordings and played some terrible shows in high school.  I originally started playing bass to get girls, which I found out is a horrible myth (heed my warning all of you youngsters out there).  Pat and Tim of course are brothers, and as Tim describes in one of our songs, ‘Gone Miles,’  “He (Pat) and I (Tim), we (Pat and Tim) have gone miles.”

Ancient history, but an important background to my philosophizing.  The four of us became good friends in college.  I remember the first time I met the Daceys, I was a Freshman in my first-ever ensemble class, and the brilliantly insane professor was writing chordal theory jargon all over the chalk board.  Having little theoretical education at the time I was so confused and scared, and Tim came over to me and was like “oh, he’s just moving the bass note around it’s no big deal (paraphrased).”  Instantly I felt better, and a friendship immediately ensued.

Anyway, college happened and we went off and did our own thing, but eventually we began creating music together (I was in Maine and the rest of RTF was in Mass) after deciding to start up a recording studio in Leominster in this wonderful empty machine shop that we have access to.  A couple years went by, and while we continued to work the recording studio, we also enjoyed our music.  I decided to move closer to the project, and by closer I mean that my room is now on the other side of Nick’s wall.  I was fortunate enough to get a 9-5 gig to make this happen.

So there you have it, a condensed history of Rabbit Troop Forever.  I appreciate the word “Forever” most of all, as it represents the tight-knit friendship we all have.  Rabbit Troop might end very soon, as a couple of the band members may leave the state for a while, but I’m confident that we will still be Rabbit Troop Forever in our hearts.  Perhaps it is better to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all.  The same is true in this instance for writing, self-producing and playing music that we are passionate about and then having the group split up, than never to have done it.  Our next project is to rerecord all of our music as well as finish recordings of songs that we haven’t released yet in an effort to capture this moment in time when Rabbit Troop Forever was in its heyday, when all we did was work the grind and create music…something that will truly last Forever.

So with that in mind, you are definitely going to want to attend the show on Monday, April 30 at TT the Bear’s Place in Cambridge at 8 pm, as you may witness history of Rabbit Troop’s last performance (at least for a while).  Who knows, maybe we will stay together, but the threat of us not will probably get you to go.  We’re playing with some real heavy hitters of the local music scene in Boston, a roster that humbles us, as they have actual fan followings and play out frequently.  Pat’s website, massmic.org, is promoting the event, and Kudos to him for his passion for local music and community and harnessing the great energy of the local scene to fuel the show’s promotion and allure.  All bands are incredibly excited about this show as are their listeners, and I think Pat is a big reason for this.

I am most excited about the CD’s we will have at the show, a snapshot of where we are at in terms of our recordings.  There will be a limited supply, and you may pay anywhere from $0-$1,000,000 for a copy at the show.

Thanks for reading, hope you listen,

Andrew

Rabbit Ears Up – Rabbit Paws In – Rabbit Troop Forever

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

3.2 Megapixel Play-By-Play of a Rabbit Troop Forever’s Epic Adventures

Hello Rabbit Troopers,

Andrew here.  Yesterday I bought new batteries for a digital camera I had from about 10 years ago….  It’s a pretty great camera, and it took some pretty great photos yesterday.  I feel that we look better with less megapixels.  Enjoy the following pictorial history of Rabbit Troop’s journey to band practice.

Andrew Awakens

8:00:00 am –   I awaken to a quiet house… I can’t sleep in anymore, and the two other *18b rabbits are sound in slumber.  I resist the urge to watch Netflix or play Skyrim and see an old camera bag from my youth.  I check it out, batteries shot.  A trip to the camera battery store ensues….

It Works

9:00:00amish -  After paying a couple extra dollars for a pre-charged reusable battery set, the camera works.  I take an artistic mirror-image self-portrait.  I wait several more hours for the others to awake….

Tim Checks In

11:13:01amish -  The other rabbit, Tim, telegraphs me via Facebook, inquiring into the status of the Troops.  The slumbering 18b-ers are arising, as I hear the shower running upstairs, and doors opening and closing.  The original plan – noon.  We push it back to whenever we are ready.

RTF’s Drug of Choice

Noon:thirty:00pmish -  The three 18b rabbits (Nick, Pat and myself) are all ready to go meet up with the fourth rabbit (Tim), and need to stop at Red Barn for coffee….  Addiction is a scary thing.  If the band ever makes it to stardom, we will surely be plagued with the usual story of sex, coffee, and rock ‘n roll.

Progress

1:16:00pmish – finally, we enter Leominster, the stomping ground for RTF’s practice space and recording studio.  It’s been a journey, and we are anxious to begin rehearsal.

Tim doing whatever it is that he does to set up....

1:30:00pmish – The four rabbits meet and start setting up….  Once the mics are plugged in and Nick’s drums are set up, we realize how hungry we are.  Before we begin practice, we must journey to Lando’s.

Pat annoyed with the 3.2 megapixel play-by-play

2:00:00pmish – I do want to mention that, at this point, the rest of the band is not on board with the 3.2 megapixel play by play, and make their negativity known en route to Lando’s.

Waiting for the food

2:15:00pmish – We finally take our takeout out to the car and drive back to the studio to eat and practice.

Pat: We Have a Problem

2:30:00pmish – As we exit the car, eager to eat, Pat announces, “we have a problem.”  We lack the necessary keys to enter our warm studio, the same studio where the necessary keys were enjoying the same indoor heat we lacked.  It’s a long story, but basically, it’s all Pat’s fault.

Awaiting Rescue

2:35:00pmish – Locked out and trapped outdoors, we await rescue.  A dark shadow looms over us.

Tailgating on Nick's Car

2:50:00pm – Spoiler alert, we tailgate on Nick’s spoiler.  This warms us as we wait.

Practice Begins

3:11:00pmish – We reenter the studio.  We are warm.  Practice begins, and we work on new music.  What did we play?  Stay tuned to our website to find out….

I hope you enjoyed Rabbit Troop’s first-ever 3.2 megapixel play-by-play.  If you get anything out of this blog post, I hope it is that it’s all about the journey.

* footnote:  18b is the house number of three of the four band members.

Rabbit ears up – Rabbit paws in – Rabbit Troop Forever.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Tonight!

Hello Rabbit Troopers,

Tonight, Thursday, Jan 26, is our second show, as well as our Massachusetts debut!  We hope you can make it.  We go on at 9 pm at Tammany Hall in Worcester.  We will open for two great bands, Dinner and a Suit and Gardening, Not Architecture making there way on an impressive tour across the country.

There should many Troopers there, ranging from the Worcester and Boston crowd, to even some ears from Maine who enjoyed our show in Lewiston!  Come on out and meet everyone.  There will be songs of triumph over defeat, of heroism over the daily grind, of the anguish of success, of matters of the heart, and of mice and men.

Unsure?  Listen to our music.  Download it, share it, wear it.

Rabbit ears up.  Rabbit Paws in.  Rabbit Troop Forever.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

What Are You Doing on Thursday, January 26?

Hello Rabbit Troopers,

So it has been a while since our last update, for which we apologize and offer several excuses in the form of updates on what we have been up to for the past few months. Since our last blog post was in August, we’ll start from there…

Andrew has moved out of Maine closer to the band, now living in the Boston area along with the rest of RTF. Practice and recording is no longer a scheduling nightmare and rather pleasant. Tim got married and Pat no longer has a hellish commute to work …and most pertinent to this blog, we had our first show!

We performed to an enthusiastic, supportive crowd at the Franco American Heritage Center in Lewiston, Maine on the historic date of 11.11.11…

RTF at the Franco Center

Triumphantly, we will have our second show in Worcester at Tammany Hall on Thursday, January 26, opening for the Dinner and a Suit/ Gardening Not Architecture tour thanks to Marcus at Honor Roll Productions.  This should be fun.  Those guys have some cool music, as do we, so why wouldn’t you want to attend!?  We start playing at 9 pm, but get there early…so you don’t miss us!

In recording news, we should have two new songs up and ready very soon…we played them at the Franco Center in Lewiston and people seemed to enjoy….  One is about the daily grind we know all too well, the other about the triumph of a shelled champion.

In other news, RTF gets increasingly better at hacky sack…. come throw down a sack with us next time you’re around.  Also “like” us on Facebook and “follow” us on Twitter as we promise to talk more.  …and of course, download all of our music for free on Bandcamp.

Rabbit ears up – Rabbit paws in – Rabbit Troop Forever

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Sweet Progress

No one reads this blog I think, but you will be reading it soon because we made some progress on our live set today. Also the great Andrew will be coming down from his Maine isolation so practice every weekend in September so look forward to some Rabbit Troop Forever LIVE in October. We do have a show in Lewiston Maine on 11/11/11 which we will update the world on closer to it’s arrival. Keep checkin’ in.

Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

New song released and new songs in the works!

We just released our latest track “All Ghosts” and it sounds great. Tim did a fantastic job mixing it 7 times to be sure it was as awesome as possible. Tonight we’ll be recording some Tim shredding licks and singing like a grackle. It’s tough for us to find time to record all the songs we have written but KNOW THIS DEAR READER we’ve got 5 or 6 songs in production, I don’t even know maybe and probably more then that I can’t even keep up with the plethora of auditory stimuli we have festering in our trove. Keep checking in you handsome beasts.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New Blog New Site

bear troop foreverHey fans, you secret tricky rogues out there. Just finished touching up our new blog and putting finishing touch ups on our website to make it easier and more anjoyable to check up on Rabbit Troop Forever. We’re working to bring the world more Rabbit Troop music, more content, and more SERVICE! If you don’t know we’re open for recording with Tim and Nick so slick with their engineering finesse, and you can hear the fantastic work they do over at our BANDCAMP site (name your price downloads $0.00-$1,000,000). Also check out our flickr photos over on the sidebar and check out the site. We’d be happy to  hear from you on our facebook, follow us on twitter.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment