Juanita and the Rabbit: PRESS
Juanita and the Rabbit were the first band. There's a preview of them from an earlier Off The Record here. It's a husband and wife duo who play great indie rock. They smiled at each other and nothing felt posed. When they sang to each other I felt a little jealous because it's exactly what I would want in a relationship.
Juanita and the Rabbit - Hopping Into The Hemlock
A man and woman, a duo, great San Francisco indie rock....that is Juanita and the Rabbit . They perform on Thursday, July 22nd at the Hemlock with an amazing showcase that includes The Graves Brothers...
Betrothed San Fran duo Juanita & The Rabbit burnish smoky garage-psych heavy on the groove. Credit Brett Cline's bass, which traces deep trenches with hip-swinging assurance, punctuated by the crash of cymbals and minimalist beats. It's Blue Cheer minus the guitar. That's enjoyable in a codeine-haze kind of way, but the Clines also have a fine sense of humor, manifest on their paean to dope, "Juanita," and the punky, self-deprecatory "We Live in a M*th*rf*cking Van." Check the battle cry: "We don't have a motherfucking plan/ At least we ain't working for the man."
Brett and Elizabeth Cline play beautifully and simply. And as Juanita and the Rabbit, this San Francisco duo somehow give beautiful and simple an ominous air, a dark bravado. Maybe it's the darker and deeper sonic limits of bass and drum that pump a little noir into the funshine. And maybe it's the uncluttered approach to its bluesy, garage-y repertoire that'll hook you immediately. I mean, c'mon, the band even covers Motorhead's "Orgasmatron" (Lemmy's best lyrical outing, if you don't include "Ace Of Spades"). Juanita and the Rabbit cuts out the fat but leaves the grease. It's got balls and you're gonna have one too.
Juanita and the Rabbit play with Hotel Reverie, Tuesday, September 22, 8 p.m., at the Bug Jar, 219 Monroe Ave. $6-$8.
San Franciscoâ€™s Juanita and the Rabbit are Brett and Elizabeth Cline, a husband and wife team who perform with a platinum silver drum kit and a six string bass. They play fun music, danceable stuff that you can rock to without worrying about anything. Their new album is Out of the Grave: Alive in the Fire.
"They're funny, cool and lo-fi as fuck..introducing San Francisco husband and wife garage punk duo, Juanita and the Rabbit."
When married couples everywhere were buying minivans, San Franciscoâ€™s Juanita and the Rabbit bought a band van and hit the road. by: Leah Sottile
Somewhere on the Black Rock desert, it began. It was 1999, Burning Man. Two creative people met, fell in love, went with their hearts and eloped three days later.
And, eventually, they started a band.
Many years after they said â€œI doâ€ and more than 20 failed bands later, Brett and Elizabeth Cline realized that the creative project that they wanted in their lives was right in front of them. In their bed, their living room. Their band was already in their life, living under their roof.
The Clines decided the band they would start would end at their own walls. They could play on their own time: no other membersâ€™ schedules to coordinate, no practice spaces to arrange, rehearsing when they wanted. And they could hit the road on tour as they pleased, on their terms â€” no oneâ€™s lives but theirs would be affected by their goals and dreams.
â€œWe only have to figure out how to make the payment on one house, not four payments on four houses,â€ Brett says. â€œIâ€™m still amazed at bands that manage to keep it together. It seems that most bands, or the ones that are the most interesting, they are like flowers in the desert â€” you gotta enjoy them while they last.â€
Elizabeth and Brett became Juanita and the Rabbit. A platinum silver drum kit and a six string bass. They wanted to make fun music, maybe something people could dance to a little. Just stuff that could rock without worrying about it.
â€œI feel like it started off a little bit sweeter and a little bit loving. And as we started playing longer, it got heavier,â€ Elizabeth says.
They started playing what came naturally, letting notes fall where they pleased. And when they stopped being so sweet, what emerged was simple, blues-based rock. It was just enough metal to attract a heavy crowd, but not so metal that it might deter a larger audience.
â€œThe first album was like a splatter shot,â€ Brett says. â€œIt was definitely happier songs. On the next album, we definitely wanted to go with a heavier sound. Now weâ€™re trying to keep our sound but maybe have more positive lyrics.
â€œA lot of the songs on this newer album. They are about death and breaking up. We have this great, loving relationship, but it didnâ€™t really come through on this last album,â€ he says. â€œWeâ€™d be playing in these bars and these bachelorette parties would be going on and weâ€™re singing about death and breaking up and we had to have this disclaimer at the end that was like, â€˜Hey bachelorettes, weâ€™re totally pro-marriage!â€™â€
At first they called it â€œpunky love rock.â€ Then they started labeling it on their MySpace page as â€œpost-punk/blues/metal.â€ That changed fast to â€œbig-beat/blues/metal.â€ Theyâ€™re still not sure if that fits â€” but they hate not being able to give people an appropriate description.
â€œThe labeling comes with the back-end business. If you sit there and stall and canâ€™t come up with something to describe your sound, you miss an opportunity to connect with someone. You know, you want to invite everyone to your shows,â€ Brett says.
Juanita and the Rabbit is no White Stripes. No Jucifer. No She & Him. Sure, theyâ€™re a husband-and-wife duo â€” but comparisons end there. JATR is simplistic but hardly simple-minded. Itâ€™s garage punk, heavy blues and easy metal. Itâ€™s Motorhead and Beastie Boys covers.
Itâ€™s two dogs and two people who stop their van along the highways to play the music that comes easiest to them.
"..this legally wedded duo kicks way more ass than any of your married friends, Lo Fi to the core, Elizabeth aint no wilting daisy behind the kit, but a full fledged force..she truly makes womanhood proud: feminine without being delicate." theneave.com
"If You're looking to further distance yourself from pseudo punk brat chic,..turn your ears towards S.F.'s Juanita and the Rabbit. As dirty and in the raw as a crumpled bed sheet, this husband wife team clunk with the bare essentials ala Flipper..." "Brett at times sounds like a calamitous merge between Frank Black and Lou Reed"
Ray Van Horn Jr.
LittleBook S.F. Interview:
LittleBook: Why did you start a band??
B: Never really had a choice.. just had to be done!! started my first band when I was 10, which was vocals and snare drum... been through about 20 bands since then; and this has been the first one that's been able to tour!!
E: I was interested in trying something new..I had been working as a clothing designer for years and was sick of it...
being in a band with my already best friend husband is the best work I have ever been a part of.
LB: How did you find each other??
B: We met at burning man in 1999, eloped 53 days later. don't judge...
E: Also I might mention, at a fire pit (of course) sharing a Hornitos Tequilla bottle as the sun rose.
LB: What's your most memorable moment as a band??
B: Driving over the bay bridge for our first national tour...
E: Viewing a spotlight video of us, that ran on a Seattle Music podcast/blog ..we were on a crappy hotel wifi connection and had to wait while it kept rendering..but it was our first unsolicited pr..and it was super exciting.
LB: Where do you practice? What do you drink at practice? What do you do at practice when youâ€™re not practicing?
B: We practice in our home.. aka mini-crib 12' x 20': half band-room, half dorm-room. the band room is pretty damn small. so when we're in there...we practice and sweat! then we get the hell out.
Juanita and the Rabbit: Sometimes beers, but we often practice earlier like 11AM... so coffee/tea and weed might be involved.
E: I was hot on margaritas for awhile
LB: What's the hardest thing about being a band in 2009?
B: Well, it was gas prices; but they've come down from the $5 a gallon we payed last summer!! but really, just paying bills in general.
E: All of our hardwork will be lost when the world ends in 2012..never know!
LB: What's the best thing about being a band in San Francisco??
JTR: The weather. kidding, but seriously you leave s.f. in summer and it gets seriously hot around most of the u.s.!!! We thought about retreating to the trees somewhere, but we'd miss our huge community we're a part of. There are tons of great venues to play, and awesome bands to play with!! plus our friends rule.
LB: What do you want people to know about your band, what are you doing next??
JTR: Well, we're getting ready to head out in Aug. for another national tour to promote our most recent cd release...also, we're going to start work on a new video with our good friend and director lily amirpour in los angeles.
LB: Whatâ€™s up with your CD where can I get it, where did you record it??
JTR: We just released our 2nd recording "out of the grave:alive in the fire"; recorded by tim green at louder studios. It's available ITUNES, amazon, cdbaby and occassional free song downloads.
LB: Favorite local Band or a memorable show??
JTR: So many great local bands. but for sure bigbluewhale, and disastroid are some of our favorite people!!
E: Memorable show: last year at the parkside after brett had worked a random 14 hour day then played a gig, we went on last and to say the least, we were hammered. Brett's shirt came off and it all got crazy!
LB: Favorite venue to Play??
JTR: In S.F.- the Elbo room. but, Alex's bar in Long Beach, the Ruby Room in San Diego, and Check Point Charlie's in New Orleans are all pretty tops!!
LB: Have you played the El Rio before? What do you like it?
JTR: Never played the el rio. but love the back patio.
LB: Do any of the members ever take their shirts off at a show or at practice??
JTR: As mentioned before..at thee parkside, my shirt was removed...
E: We've been know to do a little scantily clad practice here and there. its hot in there!!
LB: Who's the smelliest member after a sweaty gig??
LB: Favorite pre / post show; food, indulgence or ritual??
JTR: Pre- beer, and a jack and coke.
Post- a kiss
Post Post late night drunk- string cheese and chips
LB: Where do you think live music is heading??
B: Hopefully, smaller, more intimate venues!!
E: I'm thinking private house parties and clubs inside airports.
LB: How do you feel about people downloading your songs for free , do you offer free downloads??
JTR: Well, I'm always conscious that when something is given for free, people don't value it as much as when they buy it.. but yes, we'll give away a free download on bascene.com and ocassionaly on our myspace and other music blog sites.
San Francisco husband-wife duo Juanita and the Rabbit turn out an energetic lo-fi sound on their self- released debut, feeling the love//AMPLIFIED!!
Juanita and the Rabbit is a two piece band from San Francisco, CA that has no one named Juanita nor a rabbit; however, the band does consist of husband/wife duo Brett Cline(bass/vocals) and Elizabeth Cline(drums/vocals). Their style has a Detroit garage/bluesy-type feel, wrapped in punk ethos...
at least that is the impression I got upon listening to their album "feeling the love//AMPLIFIED".
It is an eight song LP that clocks in at a non-bloated 18:30 min. Of those eight tracks, there are two that stood out in my mind: "Young Man"(especially the stick-to-your-convictions line, "I may not be a wise man,, but i can smell a corporate whore") and their rendition of Bill Withers' seminal soul classic "Ain't no Sunshine".
Duos have always been a constant in rock music, whether in the mainstream(Local H, White Stripes), under the radar (Mates of State, Dresden Dolls) or even a Hollywood vanity project(She & Him).
Is there room for another? YES. YES , THERE IS!
by: Jose-Ariel Cuevas on bascene.com