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Songs of Charivari

by House of Rabbits

This debut album from "Vaudcore" (Hardcore-Vaudeville) pioneers House of Rabbits is a heavy, dark, theatrical collection of songs meant to be sung by an angry mob.
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1. Charivari Overture
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2. By the Neck
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3. Grandfather Cock
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4. Traje de Luces
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5. The Beating of Señor Hammerheart
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6. Madame Orifices
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7. Trophy Widow
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8. Eyeful Tower
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9. The Laundress and the Landmines
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10. She Drinks from the Golden Fountain
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11. Reflecting Pane
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12. March of the Ostrich-Eyed
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13. Skimmington's Last Ride
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14. Voyeurville
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"Charivari (or shivaree or chivaree, also called "rough music") is the term for a French folk custom in which the community gave a noisy, discordant mock serenade, also pounding on pots and pans, at the home of newlyweds. The community used noisemaking and parades to demonstrate disapproval, most commonly of "unnatural" marriages and remarriages, such as a union between an older widower and much younger woman, or the too early remarriage by a widow or widower. Villages also used charivari in cases of adulterous relationships, wife beaters, and unmarried mothers. In some cases, the community disapproved of any remarriage by older widows or widowers." -wikipedia

About a year ago, House of Rabbits (Jess Gabriell Cron, Mike Caffell, Andy Kovari, Ian Malcolm, Eloy Palacios) formed in the wake of the avant-metal project FEASTofFETUS. HoR released their first demo containing 4 new songs in July of 2014. The concept for these songs came from the word 'charivari' which translates to 'rough music'. Each song told the story of a specific character who had committed some offense that would be grounds for public disapproval and shaming in the form of a mock serenade. For example, "Skimmington's Last Ride" is the story of an adulterous man who must face the wrath of the mob. "Traje de Luces" tells of a vain celebrity athlete who takes advantage of a naive lovesick girl and "Trophy Widow" is about a woman who spent her entire marriage doting on an unappreciative man. It was imagined that all of these characters lived in the same town; a town in which all of the residents pry into the secret lives of their fellow neighbors to form opinions and judgements. A town called "Voyeurville".

In January of 2015, Cron had the idea to write a script for a theatre piece which involved this fictional town and its characters. This script was then picked up by an award-winning producer/director team who brought many talented artists and actors onto the project. The next four months consisted of intense planning and rehearsals. During this time, House of Rabbits wrote ten new songs for the piece. The result of all of these elements was 'Charivari in Voyeurville: A Vaudeville Rock Musical Masquerade' which made its premiere to a sold-out, standing-room-only crowd at the 99-seat Lillian Theatre during the Hollywood Fringe Festival in June. The show sold-out all 6 Fringe Festival shows and garnished much critical praise and awards such as the Encore Producers' Award which extended the show for an additional 3 performances at the Bootleg Theater in July.

After the run of 'Charivari in Voyeurville', HoR decided it was time to record a studio album comprised of all of the songs from the stage show. The result is 'Songs of Charivari'.

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