House of Rabbits is a self-proclaimed “vaudcore” (hardcore-vaudeville) art-rock band from Los Angeles. The music of House of Rabbits blends dark, theatrical, narrative songwriting and lyrics with a variety of musical styles ranging from raucous operatic circus punk to hushed atmospheric bossa nova cabaret. Preferring abrupt tonal changes to a catchy, contrived chorus hook, the members of HoR focus on creating challenging, interesting and impossible to categorize music that constantly defies genre while still remaining accessible with their infectiously dance-worthy rhythms.
In 2014, after the avant-art-metal project, FEASTofFETUS, went through a major line-up change, the remaining three members (Jess Gabriell Cron – Vocals, Mike Caffell – Drums, Ian Malcolm – Keys) found themselves collaborating with guitarist Andy Kovari and bassist Eloy Palacios on material which began to take an entirely new direction. They began experimenting with a different kind of heavy sound; trading the distorted metal guitar chugging for a signature sound more akin to a piano falling down stairs. Thus, HoR was formed.
House of Rabbits self-recorded and self-released their first 4-song live demo entitled “Demo 2014” over the course of 2 days in July of 2014. The concept of these 4 tracks sparked the idea for Cron to write an accompanying theater piece to coincide with the music. After the script was picked up by an award-winning producer/director team, Eloy Palacios joined as the band’s bassist and House of Rabbits began writing the remaining 10 songs for their vaudeville rock-musical masquerade entitled House of Rabbits’ Charivari in Voyeurville. The rock-musical premiered at the 2015 Hollywood Fringe Festival, sold out all six 99-seat performances to standing room only capacity, garnished much critical praise from LA Weekly and won several nominations and awards (The Encore Producer’s Award, theTVolution.com Platinum Medal/Best of Fringe) including an additional 3-day run of the show.
House of Rabbits’ debut, 14-track, full-length record entitled Songs of Charivari was self-produced by the band, thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign. Charivari was recorded and mixed by guitarist/engineer Jason Schimmel (Secret Chiefs 3, John Zorn, Estradasphere), mastered by John Golden (Primus, Melvins, Sonic Youth, Chris Isaak) and released on May 20th, 2016 on Cron’s own Grotesque Requords label.
HoR has performed their exceedingly energetic live shows in their native city of LA at illustrious venues such as The Viper Room, Loaded Hollywood, Lucky Strike, The Mint, Los Globos, Liquid Kitty and The Redwood Bar while sharing the stage with bands like Supersuckers, Culture Shock, Trulio Disgracias, The Last, and World/Inferno Friendship Society. House of Rabbits have also conducted tours through Austin, TX, Oakland, CA, Eugene, OR, Portland, OR and Seattle, WA.