The American Dream NYE Party
52 Church St
Cambridge, MA, 02138
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Like some kind of sonic Pulp Fiction, Bad Rabbits fuse futuristic R&B and post-rock for a slick one-two punch.
Think Sly Stone fronting Bad Brains, and you're maybe a third of the way there. The multi-cultural Boston five-piece—Fredua "Dua" Boakye [vocals], Sheel Davé [drums], Salim Akram [guitar], Graham Masser [bass], and Santiago Araujo [guitar]—confidently struts through genres with unrestrained swagger and a whole lot of attitude. It's sexy and soulful replete with seismic falsetto about youthful love and "dirty" girls. It's bedroom music as much as it is dance floor music. It's simply American Love.
Bad Rabbits began drumming up a flurry of buzz in 2009 with their self-released EP, Stick Up Kids. Their sweaty, intense live shows solidified an impressive and devout following as they shared the stage with the likes of Wu-Tang Clan, Passion Pit, Deftones, Travie McCoy, T-Pain, GlassJaw, Common and John Legend and played the Vans Warped Tour. However, one pivotal gig with Foxy Shazam in San Francisco helped lay the preliminary groundwork for American Love in 2011.
"After we finished playing, this kid with tattoos and plugs in his ears rolled up to us," remembers Sheel. "He was pissed that he missed the show so I asked if he had a house we could play at. We grew up playing metal shows in basements, so we were down to kick it and jam. The next day, we played his kitchen. He just understood what we were doing musically, and he had all kinds of ideas. That kid was our co-producer B. Lewis."
The band flew Lewis out to Boston, and they started seriously collaborating. Over the course of 2012, they composed, recorded, and fine-tuned the songs that would eventually comprise their debut. Along the way, the group honed their style precisely.
"We wanted to bridge the gap between the two musical worlds we come from," explains Salim. "One of them is classic R&B, and the other is rock. They may seem disparate, but we tried to fuse them."
That mission is certainly accomplished on tracks like the first single and album opener, "We Can Roll". After a sultry keyboard swell, the song climaxes on an anthemic hook fortified by hulking guitars. Dua reveals, "It's like a ride or die anthem for your girlfriend or boyfriend basically. As corny as it may sound, it encompasses that feeling when you get the right person. You want the person to 'roll' anywhere and everywhere with you. It's a trap wedding song."
That theme of young love carries over to "Fall in Love", which Converse will premiere on Valentine's Day 2013. A big horn section pipes along with a swinging vocals and smooth bass. Sultry lyrics bubble up over the pulsating funk on the verse, emblematic of their grasp on 21st century R&B.
In many ways, diversity drives Bad Rabbits. The music reflects the cultural melting pot the band members embody. Sheel, Dua, and Santiago are all first-generation Americans as their parents originally hail from India, Liberia and Ghana, and Italy and Argentina respectively. As a result, the album remains all-inclusive.
"That's where the concept of American Love comes from," Sheel adds. "These diverse backgrounds forming one entity represents what America is. It reminds me of when I used to go see Deftones and GlassJaw as a kid. Their audiences weren't only into a variety of music, but they were also multi-cultural. I always thought that was so cool. We may come from different cultures, but we all bond over music."
American Love is something else that listeners worldwide can bond over. "I feel like everyone can really get to know us with this album," says Salim. “Our hope is that it will introduce new people to Bad Rabbits but also show our progression to those who have already been exposed to the band."
"We're just doing what comes naturally," Sheel concludes. "It isn't about trying to be something we're not. It's about just going with the flow ultimately. We're not forcing anything."
Sit back and fall into American Love. The album was released on May 14, 2013 and debuted at #1 on the iTunes R&B Albums Chart and hit the Top 10 on the Billboard Heatseakers Chart. The band made their national TV debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live! May 17th, followed up by a performance on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on May 31st. American Love has received praise from the likes of USA Today, MTV Buzzworthy, Pitchfork, Alternative Press, Vice, Vibe and many more!
Dance is a loose term, but it’s also an inevitable directive. Whether on stage or on record, Boston electronic-pop quartet, Bearstronaut, has made a name in their hometown for sparking instant dance parties. Despite their rather frigid-weather Northeast origins, Bearstronaut has been dubbed "tank-top pop" due to their warm, tropical synth-pop sound.
Their growing reputation has been staked on two distinct entities: their energetic, engaging live performances, and their uber-polished, glossy home recordings. After self releasing an EP in 2009, Bearstronaut inspired the creation of one of Boston’s most in-demand record labels, Vanya Records. Vanya founder Michael Marotta (the pill, WFNX) stated that he launched Vanya “just to hear Bearstronaut’s ‘Moniker’ on vinyl" - the way the band’s signature, post-disco epic was meant to be heard. After releasing the “Moniker” 7-inch in September 2011, Bearstronaut teamed up with Vanya again in November of 2012 for their home recorded EP titled, Paradice.
Bearstronaut has garnered several nominations from media and other music organizations (“Best Electronic Act,” 2012 Boston Music Awards; “Best Electronic Act” and “Song of the Year,” 2011 Boston Phoenix Best Music Poll; 2011 CMJ “Top Bands To See”; “Best New Act,” 2010 Boston Phoenix BMP). They have also shared the stage with such acts as Passion Pit, fun., A-Trak, Bad Rabbits, St. Lucia, Surfer Blood, Araab Muzik, Body Language, Japandroids, Dragonette, Holy Fuck, and Divine Fits.
BREK.ONE is not the type of DJ than can be neatly categorized into a definable box. His passion for art can be traced to his days as a visual/graffiti artist in Boston using aerosol hues and city textures to spread a message of freedom and creativity.
BREK.ONE’s ability to combine color and technique is an attribute he also applied to DJing – using multiple genres of music on a canvas of sound. With an eclectic taste, which includes everything from Kanye West, Jay-Z, and Public Enemy to Chaka Khan, Red Hot Chili Peppers, David Bowie and everything in between.
BREK.ONE has become one of most sought after DJ’s on the east coast and has recently secured residencies overseas while currently holding his main residency at one of the United Sates mega clubs / premier Boston club; ROYALE.
His style of DJing has earned him many accolades gaining the attention of people in the corporate world which he would soon call his clients. Most recently featured playing a high profile event in GQ magazine, his skill and impeccable taste in music has led him to playing parties and events for major companies such as Nike, Red Bull, and cPanel as well as for “A-list” celebrities such as Pharell Williams (N.E.R.D) and Tom Brady.
With a love for music, design and fashion – Brek doesn’t see any limitations on the way he chooses to express himself.
The Sinclair is general admission standing room only.
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