Jan 2012 19

Rabbit Junk - Lucid SummationsRabbit Junk
Category: Electro / Dubstep / Hardclash
Album: Lucid Summations / What Doesn’t Kill You Will Make You a Killer
Stars: 3.5
Blurb: A pair of catchy, in-your-face genre-benders that signals Rabbit Junk’s ever continuing development.


 

Rabbit Junk - What Doesn’t Kill You Will Make You a KillerSince 2004 after the dissolution of his previous band, The Shizit, JP Anderson has been paving his own path with a virulent mix of heavy electronics, hard rock, drum & bass, and virtually all points in between. Rabbit Junk is often labeled as industrial, though that is only the smallest facet of his aggressive style, even incorporating elements as divergent as black metal and new wave pop. Since the release of the band’s last full-length in 2008, Anderson unveiled a return to the more straightforward digital hardcore attitude of his past with The Named, followed by a brief series of singles conceptually tied to the previous album. With the singles “Lucid Summations” and “What Doesn’t Kill You Will Make You a Killer,” Anderson trudges forward with Rabbit Junk’s varied and evolved output. Eschewing any preconceptions the audience may have, “Lucid Summations” expounds on the more poppy elements of the band’s later work. Sum Grrl’s airy vocal accompaniment paired with Anderson’s sinister distortions and forceful melodies amid an infectious repeating bass line and grinding guitars, complete with subtle orchestral samples and energetic rhythms makes for a delightfully catchy yet hard-hitting bit of dubstep-inspired electro/rock. On the other end of the spectrum is “What Doesn’t Kill You Will Make You a Killer,” whose repeating motifs are no less catchy, though given a much more acerbic edge. Sum Grrl’s vocals possess a greater degree of confrontational power with a bit of hip-hop flavor, while Anderson’s down-pitched refrains sound like a bloodthirsty demon on acid amid wobbly synthesized layers. The beat picks up with a simple but bouncy guitar riff, the vocals taking a much more thrashing quality, but never once sacrificing melody. In other words, it’s just the kind of genre-bending in-your-face musicality that Rabbit Junk has been developing since its inception. While it’s been nearly four years since Anderson and company has released a full-length, the continuing surge of single releases should be enough to sate the audience’s palate for Rabbit Junk’s signature hardclash style in the meantime.
 
Track list:

  1. Lucid Summations
  2. What Doesn’t Kill You Will Make You a Killer

 
Rabbit Junk Website http://www.rabbitjunk.com
Rabbit Junk MySpace http://www.myspace.com/rabbitjunkband
Rabbit Junk Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rabbit-Junk/23486756571
Rabbit Junk Bandcamp http://rabbitjunk.bandcamp.com
Glitch Mode Recordings Website http://www.glitchmode.com
Glitch Mode Recordings Facebook https://www.facebook.com/glitchmode
Glitch Mode Recordings Twitter http://twitter.com/glitchmode
 
2011-07-20
 
Ilker Yücel (Ilker81x)

1 Comment

  1. nyctemene says:

    Im loving rabbit junks latest music, really good to listen to. The new single ‘Bubbles’ is also very catchy. Keep up the good music!

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