Rabbit in the Rye
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Rabbit in the Rye

Hamilton, New York, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | SELF

Hamilton, New York, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2014
Band Folk Rock


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"Telling Tales with Upstate's Most Ambitious new band: Rabbit in the Rye"

...The progressive folk-laden EP is an arcing narrative driven by Mettler's sagacious lyrics. A scarlet vixen hangs from the gallows for shooting her love. A fisherman grows old awaiting the warmth of the sun. A beekeeper laments the loss of a honeyed hive. The album's themes smack thick with rustic rhetoric, telling tales of love and loss. Each is ensconced in elegant tragedy. And while Mettler's lyrics swell with poetic beauty, it's the off-kilter rhythms and reaching harmonies that bring each song to life. The ambitious EP may ultimately prove the group's springboard to success... - Chris Baker, The Syracuse Post Standard

"Five Questions with Rabbit in the Rye"

..."Well here, in the hayfield with a blanket in tow. I tuck the fire in ‘til the breathing is slow," the band sings on "Oh Brother, I Love You." It’s a dreamy song that skips and floats like sparks against a velvety night sky. Songs can be that. The imprint of memories. Wooden canoes painted red and blue and set to drift on rivers named for long-vanished Indian tribes. Apple orchards and small vineyards tidy in squares of green and black earth, a patchwork quilt stitched by long roads where a car can drive for miles without passing another car. Maybe a tractor. Maybe an Amish wagon...
..."Rapturous Rays," with its bite and the kick of its drums, the one-two punch of vocals that beat at the loneliness of space and the frailty of dreams, captures so well the upstate N.Y. malaise. The prettiness of its gorges and pebble beaches; the bleakness of its small towns and quick-advancing winters. "I’d like to stay in the sun," the songs says. Beseeches. Twists in agony and energy into a psychedelic jam of sorts. Honey hives and blackberry brambles. The plenty of summer just a foil for the long cold season always encroaching... - Alli Marshal, Mountain Xpress

"On the Band's involvement with "The Lady In Red Converses With Diablo" as scoring/live band"

(On the Lady in Red Converses with Diablo:) ...It's all convincingly mood-setting if not so overwhelming in thoughtful detail that you forget it's a set a la Punchdrunk... That mood is aided immeasurably by the talented band Rabbit in the Rye, who play their score almost continuously throughout the show. It's Americana punch is the glue that often elevates the material on hand... - Michael Glitz, The Huffington Post


Tabled Fables - 2013



Rabbit in the Rye is an old beaten leather pair of work boots. Today's wood fire and the yearning of yesterday's, still hot. The vacant and forgotten American image. The portrait of a young man. The lore of the land. Finding home at the end of the long walk. Leaving and coming back. Sweat and sleep. Guilty and vulnerable love.

Rabbit in the Rye is a collection of bittersweet fables and genuine storytelling. Allegory and honesty. Carefully crafted as if at a moments notice it could break. Deliberately fragile and traditionally progressive. Stark movement and all-enveloping fantastic realism. Poeticism. Romanticism. Rapturous walls of sound, yet sweet and somber waltzes. The creation and breaking of tension, dynamic and linear in composition.

Rabbit in the Rye is a progressive folk rock trio from Hamilton, NY. Joseph Mettler on guitar and harmonica, Alexander Lavon on bass, and Brendan O'Connor on percussion and mandolin.

Their debut album, Tabled Fables, is now out in physical and digital format. The album is a collection of five songs that showcase the band's story telling and technical performance. The songs Oh Brother, I Love You and I Met My Love show the band's folk roots. The tracks Scarlet and Bear and the Beekeeper's Blues are more progressive arrangements that draw from jazz and rock influences. You can hear and purchase the album at www.rabbitintherye.com.

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