“Rabbit Wilde captures the wind, the streams and the mountain air in their songs. Their beautiful vocal harmonies take you down a well-beaten path in the wilderness accompanied by rhythm and melodies from the classic Americana folk instrument family…This quartet of incredible musicians have lassoed the Northwest spirit and infused it into their own brand of storytelling lyrics and deep and passionate hearts for the land they grew up in.”
Though all four members of Rabbit Wilde grew up running around wooded areas of the same small town in the farthest Northwest corner of Washington state, brothers Zach and Nathan didn’t meet Miranda, the third founding member, until they had all ended up in New York City. This kind of backyard folk seasoned by the edge, polish and fervor of big-city inclinations is at the root of their high-energy sound and stage presence. The group revamps classic string band instrumentation with homespun percussion and the unique integration of six-string ukulele and Jillian Walker on cello. With their widely varying influences, three distinct vocal styles and copious amounts of foot-stomping, they demonstrate a sound and presence that’s at once original and familiar, appealing to audiences of all generations and genres. Voted best band in their home city of Bellingham, WA for the past three years, they have quickly risen to local renown and now tour extensively throughout the U.S. On their forthcoming full length The Heartland, Rabbit Wilde deliver on the promise made by their stellar fall 2015 EP Southern Winters; mining the best of the American songbook, melding the choicest bits of indie rock, pop, blues, soul, and orchestral arrangement in with their trademark brand of front-porch-shaking folk. The Southern Winters EP was recorded at the famed Bear Creek Studio (Fleet Foxes, Vance Joy, The Lumineers) and is available on iTunes, Spotify and at www.rabbitwilde.com.
Rabbit Wilde (formerly Wild Rabbit) wrote the bulk of the Southern Winters EP (and its companion full length, due in early 2016) on the road, in bits and pieces, between the warm wheated tones of the Midwest and the shivering pines and rambling rivers of the Pacific Northwest that they call home. Rooted deeply in the front-porch songbook of American acoustic music but never afraid to move outside the bounds of tradition, their music is alive and effusive with the shared connection and exploration of the human experience.
Brothers Zach and Nathan Hamer have been playing music and reading each other’s minds since their earliest days running around the woods of their family farm in the far northwest of the U.S. On the other side of the same small town, Miranda Zickler was playing Radiohead and Jackson 5 covers at her high school’s lunchtime concerts. Yet it wasn’t until fate found them gathered at the same Manhattan diner that they decided to start making music together. They moved back to the Northwest in the summer of 2012, and have since dedicated their lives wholly to playing, writing, touring, and stomping. With the addition of Jillian Walker on cello at the end of 2013, the group has rounded out into a very unique breed of string band.
Their 2013 debut The Wild North propelled the band out of the woods and into the national spotlight. Recorded at the famed Bear Creek Studio in Woodinville, WA (Fleet Foxes, The Lumineers, Brandi Carlile), the record debuted high on the CMJ Top 200 Chart and led to featured performances at festivals like Northwest Folklife and Summer Meltdown, and shared stages with the likes of Paper Bird, Leftover Salmon, Shook Twins, and The Family Crest, as well as several successful national headlining tours. With their widely varying influences, three distinct vocal styles and copious amounts of foot-stomping, they demonstrate a sound and presence that’s at once original and familiar, appealing to audiences of all generations and genres.
When it came time to record the next chapter in their songbook, the band returned once again to Bear Creek, a giant converted barn outside of Seattle, WA. While melodically cohesive, the three primary songwriters intertwine their own stories and themes throughout the record. “Most of these songs were written over the last year and a half, and we’ve all had very different paths and experiences that often end up converging, mostly because we live, work, write, and tour together” explains Zickler. “There are some very candid torch songs, but we strive to take every experience as it comes and often write about moving forward when moving forward feels impossible. Our home in the Northwest is a consistent influence on our music, but we’re also hugely inspired by all the traveling we do, and a lot of our writing ends up being rooted in a restlessness and changing landscapes, both literal and figurative.”
“Our writing is very emotionally driven,” says Zickler, “and our favorite thing to hear from people is that it helps them deal with their own emotional lives, whether it’s because they’re relating to the lyrics or because they’re dancing so much that they’ve forgotten what they were worried about in the first place.”