Dead Rabbitts is an American metalcore supergroup from Phoenix, Arizona. The band formed in 2011 as Craig Mabbitt of of Escape the Fate's new side project. The Dead Rabbitt's released their debut extended play, Edge of Reality on October 19, 2012 through PledgeMusic and October 30, 2012 on iTunes.
Formation and Edge of Reality (2011 - present)EditIn late 2011, lead vocalist Craig Mabbitt announced an upcoming side-project, along with an upcoming album for Escape the Fate. Mabbitt revealed that a single from the side-project would be released in February 2012, and the album will be produced by Caleb Shomo of Attack Attack!. Members of the side project would include Kevin Thrasher, formerly of LoveHateHero, Thomas Bell of Escape The Fate, and Brian O'Dowd. He hinted that the album will be a reminiscent of the music he made while in his previous bands The Word Alive and Blessthefall.
Mabbitt announced a tentative April 9 release date for the album, stating "what better day to release your album than on your birthday?", but this was later delayed. In January, he created a Facebook page and posted that he would stream a song from the side-project's upcoming EP if the page got to 50,000 "likes". When the page got to about 49,500 likes, he revealed the title and lyrics for the upcoming song, titled "Edge of Reality". The song "Edge of Reality" was released the moment the page reached 50,000 likes.Mabbitt later posted a status update on his Facebook page saying that if the page got up to 75,000 likes, he would release another new song for his fans from his upcoming solo album. He also revealed a part of the lyrics of the upcoming song. Along with this announcement, he hinted towards an upcoming video for "Edge of Reality". On March 30, he announced the name of the upcoming EP titled Edge of Reality under the band name "Dead Rabbitts". On April 9, he released another song from the EP titled "World of Disaster". In mid-2012, The Dead Rabbitts announced that they would be teaming with To Write Love on Her Arms and PledgeMusic with the release of the EP. Through PledgeMusic, fans were able to pre-order the EP along with extra items such as signed CD's, posters, concert tickets, and more. People who pre-ordered the album through the website, or "pledged", would also be able to download the album earlier than others. When the pre-orders hit the target goal, 5% of the money raised would be donated to To Write Love On Her Arms. Pledgers would also receive updates and exclusive videos. Mabbitt released certain songs from the EP when the target percentage of donations reached certain points, such as 55% or 75%. The target was reached on October 4, 2012, and the album was released on October 19.
Kevin Thrasher later left the band for unknown reasons, later being replaced by Alex Torres, formerly of Eyes Set to Kill and Alesana, and Brian O'Dowd was later replaced by Tony Aguilera, formerly of The Word Alive.
- Craig Mabbitt - lead vocals (2011 - present)
- Alex Torres - guitar and backing vocals (2012 - present)
- Thomas Bell - bass guitar and backing vocals (2011 - present)
- Tony Aguilera - drums and percussion (2012 - present)
- Kevin Gruft - guitar and backing vocals (2011 - 2012)
- Brian O'Dawd - drums and percussion (2011 - 2012)
- Edge of Reality (PledgeMusic Records, October 19, 2012)