When Gram Rabbit boldly chose to title their debut album 'Music To Start A Cult To', one sensed they'd have to have a serious message, their own unique style and, perhaps, most importantly, a keen sense of irreverence in all that they do. Indeed, in the case of this Joshua Tree quartet, these qualities are in abundant supply. With Cultivation, Gram Rabbit's follow-up album, set for release on New York's Stinky Records on April 18, 2006 the band again uses the album title to set the agenda for this next phase of their creative evolution.
The Joshua Tree hi-desert is the single greatest influence on the new album Cultivation, produced by Ethan Allen (Kristin Hersh, 50 Foot Wave, Luscious Jackson). Front woman and co-songwriter Jesika von Rabbit explains: "Joshua Tree is not only our home, but our inspiration. The hi-desert has a powerful grip on anyone who visits it. Life in the desert is a struggle, whether you are a plant, a rabbit, or human. This struggle has become our muse."
Cultivation finds Gram Rabbit continuing to spread the gospel of their self-styled "happy cult" -- the Royal Order of Rabbits -- but it also takes a decidedly more serious turn in its examination of the isolation individuals experience in American commercialist society. Rutherford states, "Through this album, we hope to spread the energy of the desert which has been instrumental in showing us the light, as well as the darkness." Cultivation is aimed at a generation that is starved not so much for entertainment as it is for meaning. "With Cultivation," Todd continues, "we hope to plant the seeds of truth in the minds of listeners, and it is here where the 'cultivation' will take place, spreading desert energy everywhere."
Following the 2004 release of Music To Start A Cult To, Gram Rabbit garnered strong radio support from such tastemaker stations as KCRW and Indie 103.1 in Los Angeles, delivered an epic performance on the Main Stage of the Coachella Music Festival in May of 2005 and drew widespread critical praise.
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