Rabbit Junk
REframe


4.5
superb

Review

by Acanthus USER (46 Reviews)
March 29th, 2012 | 28 replies | 3,549 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Though it's not often that bands seem to have stumbled on a perfect formula, let alone relatively unknown bands, Rabbit Junk struck gold with REframe.

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

Rabbit Junk is the project of JP Anderson, a man who happens to be rather prolific in his musical outings; from appearing as a guest vocalist with industrial label mate Cyanotic, helping form the digital hardcore group The Shizit, to recently starting the folk metal-esque Wolves Under Sail Anderson is a busy man. Though The Shizit were formed first, in 1999, Rabbit Junk is Anderson's personal brainchild and the group that many fans associate him with. While the groups self titled debut album had many fun moments it often ventured into far too many genre territories at once and still felt like a band searching for their own sound, which in turn really affected the flow and overall experience of the album. With REframe the band found and solidified its sound, creating an album that previous releases have yet to top.

Though many may not know it, Anderson and his vocal partner Sum Grrl are in fact married, and that makes the achievements of REframe far more noteworthy. Anderson has a wide vocal range, album opener “Demons” see's the man cover everything from a metal worthy scream to an almost flowing rap-esque verse. Running counterpoint to this variety is Sum Grrl, whose spoken word/sing-song sections bring to mind a tough street smart babe with attitude while her screams recall the cover art of Velvet Acid Christ's latest album. This duality is quite formidable and instantly recognizable, and though sad that it's something the band has yet to revisit on their later albums the content found in REframe more than makes up for it.

There are so many recognizable elements found on REframe that it becomes hard to think of them all, let alone mention them; the unique vocal tinge Sum Grrl has on “In Your Head No One Can Hear You Scream,” the very metal drum roll intro on “Beating Track” combined with Anderson's “la-la-la's,” the instantly iconic instrumental opening of “The Big Push”... there's a lot to take in here. Lyrically the album flows from confronting ones own personal demons and using alcohol to ignore ones problems to the need of those in power to keep placing benign enemies in front of the masses. Not only does this add to REframe's worth, it also adds a more critical side to a band that one could be perfectly happy just headbanging to.

Speaking of headbanging, many of the tracks find themselves in metal/digital hardcore territory. Notable is the anthemic “Crutch” with it's fast paced vocal delivery and message of life's seemingly hopeless cycle. Reminiscent of many listeners teenage years it weaves a tale of angsty complaining combined with the reliance on alcohol to “free” ones self from troubles that would be better off confronted rather than ignored. Though the chorus's repentant use of spelling might get on some audience members nerves others will recall The Shizit's extremely fun “Young Broke Pissed,” though “Crutch” was of course written far earlier. “The Big Push” is another example of this harder sound, with guitars that almost convey the crunch found in some digital hardcore releases, though the track has far more atmosphere than the average Atari Teenage Riot song. Following its war torn lyrics comes a personal favorite in the form of the relationship centric wonder “To All A Goodnight;” suffice to say it's something that just needs to be heard.

Rabbit Junk are decidedly a unique band. Anderson has called his groups style “Hardclash” but really it's far more simple to shrug and just admit that this sound is just, well, Rabbit Junk. From the dueling/duet vocals that are often lyrically poignant to the faced paced guitars and the pounding drum lines REframe is something that begs to be experienced. Featuring some of the most memorable lines in the groups history it also stands strong as many fans personal favorite, as Sum Grrl's part in later releases was no where near as prevalent or enjoyable. Though it's not often that bands seem to have stumbled on a perfect formula, let alone relatively unknown bands, Rabbit Junk struck gold with REframe.



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Acanthus
March 28th 2012



9537 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

"I WANT MY LIFE BACK!"

Needed a review, also took my mind off the girlfriends impending legal troubles. Any issues let me
know.

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bloc
March 28th 2012



34679 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Haven't heard this in a while actually, probably will soon now that I'm seeing this.

This is probably my second favourite, after Nonagon.

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Acanthus
March 28th 2012



9537 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I enjoy Sum Grrl more here, and lyrically it's a huge step up compared to "GIVE ME MY SON!!!!!!"

Rev
March 28th 2012



9386 Comments


this is a great album that I haven't listened to in too long

Acanthus
March 28th 2012



9537 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

It's something fun that's for sure, I can sing along to most of the album.

bloc
March 28th 2012



34679 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

But the GIVE ME MY SON part kicks ass!

Acanthus
March 28th 2012



9537 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

It's fun but their work here is more iconic to me, the Lovecraft bits sold me on Project Nonagon.

bloc
March 28th 2012



34679 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Definitely agreed with that. REframe is like essential Rabbit Junk.

Acanthus
March 28th 2012



9537 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Yeah, though I'll always love "Orange Laces" from their debut, it was the first song by them I ever heard.

Acanthus
March 28th 2012



9537 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

If negs are necessary at least give a reason, ghosts are not sufficient explanations.


Emim
March 29th 2012



26512 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Millennial Pox is easily my favorite from here. Good review, brah.

Willie
Moderator
March 29th 2012



15894 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I love this album, but it's hard to pick between this and the debut. JP Anderson says that the upcoming album is supposed to have a lot more of Sum Grrl in it, and the singles seem to confirm that it will be true.

also took my mind off the girlfriends impending legal troubles.
You're underage, aren't you. Hooking up with the college girls. I knew it ;)

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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
March 29th 2012



5921 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

First two Rabbit Junk are so awesome.

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KevinKC
March 29th 2012



183 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"I WANT MY LIFE BACK"

I also like the explosion at 3.05 on "Iso vs life" followed with the wonderful changing of riff on the first album.

Quite like Millenium Pox too. Listened to Crutch like a hundred times in my car, singing along like an idiot. Rabbit Junk is dangerous for your health.

"Only way I'm going out
is we get so fucking drunk
then I will not know myself
so I will not give a FUUUUCK !"

I like the lyrics on the whole, I'm not talking about C.R.U.T.C.H.

KevinKC
March 29th 2012



183 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

And I have a question guys.
What do you think of "Bubble" ? I can't decide whether JP's off key singing
(you bring the light
ill make it dark
you bring the fuel
i'll bring the spark
you bring the gin
i'll bring the juice
you lock it up
i'll set it loose)
is absolutely unbearable or cool. It distracts me from the rest of the song because I find it weird. But I don't know what to think of it.


Emim
March 29th 2012



26512 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I want another Shizit (Named) release

Acanthus
March 29th 2012



9537 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

You're underage, aren't you. Hooking up with the college girls. I knew it ;)


Naaa 21 here sir, college girls and I are the same age : )

@Kevin - Bubble really grew on me due to the alternative version, I like it vox included.

KevinKC
March 29th 2012



183 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, I was surprised to think that the alternative version is actually relevent.

Acanthus
March 29th 2012



9537 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I honestly liked it better as the original kind've put me off, but both it and the instrumental are good.

KevinKC
March 29th 2012



183 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I dig "the boy with the sun in his eyes" quite a lot. I'm genuinely surprised with the singing.



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