Around 2007, after playing together for five years as Eclectic Collective
, vocalist Dua Boayke, guitarists Santi Araujo and Salim Akram, bassist Graham Masser, and drummer Sheel Dave decided to re-form with the idea that they would take a rock approach to retro R&B. After self-releasing a batch of demos in 2008, they recorded their first proper release, the seven-song Stick Up Kids EP. High-profile gigs with artists like John Legend
, Passion Pit
, and Wu-Tang Clan
followed, as well as a stint on the Vans Warped Tour.
After meeting Bay Area producer B. Lewis at one of their shows, they collaborated with him on their 2013 debut LP, American Love. Their eclectic mix of funky R&B and hard rock was a success, with the album reaching number one on digital streaming R&B charts and leading to a sold-out tour, TV appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and The Arsenio Hall Show, and another slot on the Vans Warped Tour. An acoustic EP titled Dusted arrived in 2014, followed in 2016 by their full-length sophomore album, American Nightmare. In 2018, Bad Rabbits returned with their third album, Mimi, featuring the single "F on the J-O-B." ~ Timothy Monger & Jason Lymangrover