Rabbits on Trampolines
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"NowWave Magazine"

Rabbits on Trampolinesself-titled CD(REVIEW BY LORD RUTLEDGE)Discovering a new band that cites Queen as a primary influence is like meeting a girl who says she loves football - you just can't help thinking this thing's gonna turn out great. And turn out great it does on this debut album from Rabbits on Trampolines, recent arrivals to the Philadelphia area. For one thing, the band has the good sense to not emulate the things you don't like about Queen (the prog-ish tendencies, the ridiculous bombast). The Rabbits' sound, although owing at least a little to modern Brit-pop, mostly draws from early-to-mid '70s pop/rock. Filled with buoyant, euphonious tunes, the group's debut is a throwback to the days of light shows and glitter and larger-than-life iconography. In this age of gloom and rage, it's utterly heartwarming to hear a band so fervently and genuinely aspiring to the epic, massively hook-laden rock stylings of Queen, Cheap Trick, classic Bowie, and early E.L.O. This is a branch of rock n' roll that's severely underrepresented today - sweeping, high-energy music brimming with multi-layered harmonies and soaring vocals. And here it's delivered with great love and enthusiasm for the form, these songs reviving the feelgood tenor of a bygone era without sounding corny or retro. Fans of Jellyfish, Todd Rundgren, early Radiohead, and '70s Elton John, take note!For a debut album, this is a remarkably impressive collection of songs, running the style gamut from piano-driven pretty pop to melodramatic anthems to bomb-bursting rockers. Tops are "Better Again", "Shelter Me Margaret", and "Never Say". Not bad for a bunch of rabbits sent out on a mission to "restore rock n' roll to the good earth and its surviving occupants". Who knew that bunnies could sing in a falsetto? - Lord Rutledge

"Jersey Beat"

RABBITS ON TRAMPOLINES (www.myspace.com/rabbitsontrampolines) A perfectly crunchy'n'punchy 14 song serving of highly catchy, lively and engaging rock'n'roll vigor, this album displays a total dearth of pretense and a certain straightforward go-for-it sensibility that's both refreshing and commendable in equal measure. The nifty ringing guitars, deep diggin' basslines and chunky pounding drum beats sway and swagger with rip-snorting tuneful aplomb. The robust vocals howl and wail with a similarly infectious gusto. Great background harmonies, too. But what really makes this album such a delightful treat is its winning blend of simple, vibrant and joyous melody and marvelously upbeat and cheerful positive attitude. This is the kind of music that not only makes you want to dance, but also makes you feel good while you listen to it. Accolades don't come any better than that. - Joe Wawyrzniak

"Carbon 14"

I don't know about you, but I tend to roll my eyes when I hear a band citing Queen and other glam staples as strong influences. Let's face it: most bands that fancy themselves remotely close to Queen usually wind up sounding more like a bad parody, with over-the-top vocals and obnoxious guitar tones that would make Brian May's ears bleed. Lucky for me, I actually listened to this particular CD before applying that unfair stereotype. These guys take everything good about glam (Queen, T-Rex, Slade, etc.) and wrap it up in a nice tight bundle of thirteen tuneful, well-produced and well-written pop gems.
Truthfully, the Beatles influence probably runs a lot closer to the surface than anything else, with strong vocal harmonies and colorful and catchy chord progressionsa mainstay throughout the disc. I dare you to listen to the sugary sweet: "Dear Alice" or punchy-pop of "Shelter Me Margaret" and try-just try-to get them out of your head. "Altitude" and "Shadows" are decidedly more modern sounding than most of the other songs but never lose the edge or attitude that make this disc such an enjoyable listen. By today's standards, this album may sound a little more commercial than other bands you might hear being compared to T-Rex and Sweet, but don't hold them against them; you won't be hearing songs this good on the radio anytime soon. It stems more from a certain warmth and honesty in the songwriting and production of this record. In many ways, they successfully defy some current "rock & roll" conventions while embracing basic principles of pop/rock that have stood the test of time: catchy hooks and choruses that make you sing along. Those two things, delivered as solidly as they are here, are difficult are hard to come by anywhere. So whether you're strolling down Abbey Road or cruising Desolation Boulevard, Rabbits on Trampolines will fit in on the 'ol CD changer. - Brian Zee


Rabbits on Trampolines: Self titled CD
Rabbits on Trampolines: Self titled DVD



After the age of the atomics had long passed and all that remained were the skeletal ruins of man, machine, and the great cities, many believed the age of rock’n’roll had passed into oblivion like gentle mist in the breeze. Hope was found, though, when from the playful depths of a Rabbit Hole emerged the resuscitating sound of rock-n-roll: a peculiar group of hard-hitting hares who, having helped develop the Fibonacci series and consequently losing many members of the warren to the Sweet Abuse of scientific inquiry, now decided to try their hand at rescuing the human race from a rock-less future. Sporting a pithy blend of toe-tapping Beatle Beats and sing-along serenades, this Invincible band of Rabbits set out on a mission to restore rock music to the good Earth and it's surviving occupants. In order to cover great masses of land and life, they constructed a Trampoline so powerful they could jump to great Altitudes and spread their infectious music up into the Earth's atmosphere, raining down rock’n’roll to the Beautiful Lay of life below. Since these Rabbits emerged, many a life has been changed and made Better Again (afar cry from Unkind Days indeed!).