French For Rabbits Tickets
Initially describing themselves as a dreamy indie folk band, French for Rabbits began life in 2011 as a duo. Based in Wellington, New Zealand, the softly lilting singer and songwriter Brooke Singer teamed up with a guitarist by the name of John Fitzgerald to form the first incarnation of the band. As both musicians came from the town of Waikuku Beach on the country's South Island, they had plenty in common, besides a love of making music. The two began writing songs together. After a recording session or two and performing a string of gigs in their locality, the pair eventually decided that moving northwards to the capital city was the right way of making progress in their career. Since those early days, the duo has morphed into a four-piece but the mainstay remains Singer's ability to expresses intimate narratives against the delicate yet steely playing of Fitzgerald’s guitar.
French for Rabbits' career milestones
Given Singer's and Fitzgerald's upbringing, which was close to the ocean's waves, it is hardly surprising that their initial work featured the enchanting and misty sound of the sea in much of their output. Evoking their maritime obsessions, French for Rabbits made their recording debut in 2012, with a six-track EP. Named Claimed by the Sea, the work was put out by the Wellington-based Home Alone Records, a collective run by like-minded souls. The pair then spent the following year touring throughout New Zealand as a duo.
After that nationwide tour, French for Rabbits embarked on a further string of dates, which were booked throughout Europe. As their audience widened, the group issued a new single called “Goat”, which came out in late 2013. This was an offering from what would become their full-length debut album, a work that was keenly anticipated by their growing circle of fans. With Home Alone still handling their music in their home country, French for Rabbits managed to strike a deal with the American indie label, Lefse Records, which would handle their album and future releases internationally.
Under this setup, the group released their long-awaited first LP in October 2014. Entitled Spirits, it offered some fuller arrangements than had been heard on their EP, hence the need for further members to be able to play the tracks at live gigs. Still with a dreamlike quality, the album won many plaudits. Stereogum referred to its atmospheric and mystical qualities, praising its well-placed whispers.
In 2017, French for Rabbits returned to Europe on a new tour. The band played in Denmark, Switzerland and Germany, as well as a number of dates in the UK.
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