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French For Rabbits

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‘French for Rabbits’ are a sweet and dreamy, nautically themed dream-folk duo, named on a whim whilst pondering Lapin and whether it was indeed the correct French word for rabbits. Originally from Christchurch, French for Rabbits consists of vocalist and pianist Brooke Singer, who previously played in the much-loved ‘Ragamuffin Children’ folk band and the shoegaze outfit ‘The O’Lovelys’, and guitarist John Fitzgerald.

Originally from Waikuku Beach near Christchurch, Brooke & John moved to Wellington, where they formed ‘French for Rabbits’ with locals Ben (Bass) & Hikurangi (Drums). Since their formation in February 2011, they have sightseen and performed their way around New Zealand twice, attempted to release an EP in October 2011 (but got sidetracked), and released their first music video for ‘Claimed by the Sea’ in January 2012, followed by their debut EP released through the Wellington collective ‘Home Alone Music’, which is also home to Urbantramper, Timothy Blackman and City Oh Sigh.

French For Rabbits – Dreaming of Folk – NZ Musician, 2014 (Vol:18, No:6)

Their debut LP ‘Spirits’ was released in 2014 on Lefse Records, and on the diligent indie label Home Alone Music. The release coincided with an extensive tour in October – November 2014, where the opened for Danish chanteuse Agnes Obel in some of the most beautiful concert halls through Europe.

Brooke & John Fitzgerald share some stories from touring around Europe…

RNZ Gallery
Adventures in Musicland: French for Rabbits in Europe.
Tour Diary…

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Nick Bollinger reviews ‘Spirits’…

Brooke, John & Ben Wood on RNZs ‘NZ Live’…

Live from Auckland venue, The Wine Cellar, 2014…

The bands second album ‘The Weight of Melted Snow’ was released to local & international acclaim in 2017, with the band touring throughout the country in support.
Atwood Magazine
NZ Musician Magazine
2019 saw them secure an overseas release of the album with US label Muscle Beach Records. An extensive US tour followed, which included an appearances at SXSW. Highest Hill was a new (digital) only track from the international release of ‘The Weight of Melted Snow’.

RNZ Music seesion in August 2019, featured a new song called ‘The Overflow’.

French For Rabbits’ 13th Floor Video Session, 2017

Live RadioActive.fm Orcon Room, Aug 2019

Profile adapted from Amplifier. Cover sourced from Bandcamp. Interviews/Live sessions courtesy of RNZ. Used with permission.

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