These silly rabbits talk new records, the recording process, and bowel activities
Although they may have branched out from a Brockton recording space to a super producer’s studios in LA, the Bad Rabbits are still just as silly. They haven’t gotten bougie. And they’ve been staying on their grind—fresh off the Afropunk festival in Brooklyn, they’ve just embarked on a tour, rolling into Royale in November.
It seems like these guys are always on the move, ripping stages with remarkable ease and charismatic steeze.
But they still can find time to sit down and chop it up. DigBoston talked to Rabbits Graham Masser, Sheel Dave, and Salim Akram, who discussed everything from flatulence to funk, and the new projects in the pipeline
Keep your ears and eyes open, they’re about to drop some new heat.
I saw on Twitter you’re filming clips for a video? What’s good with that?
Graham: We just filmed a video last night at our show in Long Island for one of our upcoming singles.
What’s a tour day like? Walk me through the rabbits on the road.
Sheel: Fart. Eat. Play. Sleep. Salim and Santi are like the number one farters in the band.
Salim: Nah,nah,nah…Fuck that.
We all be fartin’. I’m not trying to get called out as the only dude shitting and farting.
What is head walking? Is it the cousin of stage diving or something else?
Sheel: I saw this video of Dillinger Escape Plan, playing at the mall. And at the beginning of the song the singer basically runs halfway through the crowd on people.
And you had to do it.
Sheel: I’m not saying I had to do it, but I’m trying to incite other people to do it. I like seeing other people die instead.
Aside from each other’s farts, what do you guys listen to as you go to and from venues?
Salim: It’s pretty diverse, it could go from metal—actually our tour manager and sound dude, we call them the host of 120 Minutes because they put on metal as soon as they get in the car. Everything except for country.
Graham: It could be from like Deftones to Flying Lotus.
What was it like meeting Teddy Riley? How did it come about?
Sheel: Basically, one of the guys we work closely with, Greg Selkoe--he owns Karmaloop.com--he knew a manager who knew a manager that knew Teddy Riley. Greg happened to be in LA at the same time and place as Teddy. He told Teddy about our stuff. To make a long story short, a few months later we ended up in the studio with him and recorded an album.
And what’s even crazier is that we got Teddy Riley and Chino, the singer of the Deftones, in the same room.
Is that the next album coming out?
Sheel: The next album won’t be the Teddy Riley album. It’s kind of been put on the shelf—vaulted—for the time being. It’s a great album, it’s just not what we want to put out next.
The one were gonna put out next is with this producer B. Lewis, he’s from the Bay Area. He co-produced and co-wrote the whole album with us. That’ll come out next, and our next single will be off of that.
Was there a difference between recording in LA vs. NorCal?
Sheel: We didn’t actually work in NorCal with B. Lewis, he came to Boston to work with us. We were trading demos online and he was sending us some stuff, we sent him back some stuff. And he ended up coming to Boston to work for a few weeks and we kinda tracked everything when he was here. But with the Teddy Riley album, we did everything in LA.
Graham: It was interesting cause we went into the studio with Teddy Riley in LA, and it was like this crazy, dream studio with amazing gear and all the amenities and engineers. And we went from that back to a more DIY experience in our own studio—it was a totally different experience. Definitely more cost effective.
What was that first moment like, walking into Teddy’s studio?
Sheel: Graham actually got on his knees and started bobbing his head.
Graham: That’s what Sheel did when Chino came in too. When Teddy came in, I took my shirt off and rubbed oil all over myself.
Anything else we should know about the new projects?
Salim: Yea, everyone just be on the lookout at BadRabbits.com, we have some singles that we’re gonna be releasing between now and February. We’re releasing new music for the first time since the Stick-Up Kids record, almost three years ago.
Any plans to put out any vinyl? I need Rabbits on wax.
Salim: Funny you ask.
We’re actually in the process right now of doing the artwork for the single we’re gonna release.
It’s basically gonna be two editions of the vinyl: one will only be available on tour and the second one will only be available online—the second one will be more limited, with 50 of them made and exclusive artwork.