Bad Rabbits enjoying new exposure on Warped Tour

BMS talks with drummer Sheel Davé about the band's experience thus far

, Contributing Writer

For the past couple of years, Bad Rabbits have been one of Boston’s best local groups. Winners of the Pop/R&B Artist of the Year at last year’s Boston Music Awards (where they were also nominated for Live Artist of the Year), the group has quickly gained a mighty following and has garnering more and more national buzz by touring the country on this summer’s Vans Warped Tour.

The band’s future is certainly bright and with two new albums in the works, there’s plenty to keep Bad Rabbits busy. But for now, the group is enjoying playing the Warped Tour, where their unique sound sticks out – in a good way. With the Warped Tour hitting the Comcast Center in Mansfield today, we caught up with drummer Sheel Davé to get his thoughts on the experience, coming home and what’s in store for the rest of the year.

Boston Music Spotlight (BMS): This is your first year on the Warped Tour, correct? What has the experience been like so far?

Sheel Davé (SD): Yes. This is our first year performing on Warped Tour, but not the first time attending. A few of us have been attending Warped Tour for years so the experience of actually performing on a stage on this tour has been surreal. A lot of our peers/fellow bands, crew and Warped Tour staff have been showing us crazy amounts of love and support which is pretty overwhelming considering we are one of the underdogs and black sheep (literally) of this tour. The crowds are growing every day. We are grateful to be a part of this.

BMS: The Warped Tour is known for bringing lots of different genres together. How do you think Bad Rabbits’ sound has fit in?

SD: I don’t think we quite fit in musically, which is a blessing and a curse. Blessing, because we offer something a little different which we are proud of, but a curse because sometimes the kids aren’t quite ready for something too different than the bands they already came to see. Regardless, we have made a ton of new friends, fans and hopefully have opened up some closed minds, which again, we are grateful for.

BMS: There has been a growing amount of national buzz on the band – how has the Warped Tour helped you grow your fanbase?

SD: The word “buzz” doesn’t really mean much to me. At the end of the day any buzz is just short-term hype until you go out there, get in a van, tour and prove what you’re worth. Yes, we have had some buzz here and there but we have realized that we have had to work hard for every single fan, one by one. We hope that this hard work will prove longevity.

BMS: What are your favorite acts on this year’s tour?

SD: Just to name a few: The Acacia Strain, Of Mice & Men, A Day to Remember, Grieves, Foxy Shazam, Moving Mountains, Less Than Jake, Larry & His Flask.

BMS: What can fans expect from your set on the Warped Tour? Do you have anything special planned for your homecoming set on Wednesday?

SD: They can expect a lot of fun on stage and in the crowd. We don’t take ourselves too seriously and are always clowning around so this always translates into our live show. Every show, the performance and the songs evolve a little bit. We have a couple new songs added into our set too.

BMS: You’ve got new music in the works. What can you tell us about it?

SD: We have two albums that are in the works. One album is almost done that was co-produced by us and Teddy Riley (Michael Jackson, Bobby Brown, Lady Gaga, BlackStreet) and the other is being co-produced by us and our homie Brad Lewis (an up and coming producer from the Bay Area). Neither album is a replica of Stick Up Kids. Each album has its own identity, brand and sound. Neither of these will probably be released until sometime next year.

BMS: When will you be returning to Boston again?

SD: We will most likely be playing a headlining show in the fall.

BMS: Anything else you’d like our readers to know?

SD: www. badrabbits.com

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