French For Rabbits


The atmospheric, haunting folk-pop of French for Rabbits tells stories sad and true, with empathy, charm, and often a vein of humour. Founded in 2011 by songwriter-vocalist Brooke Singer and guitarist John Fitzgerald, French for Rabbits are now a five-piece band with Hikurangi Schaverien-Kaa, Ben Lemi, and Penelope Esplin.

The band’s sound has adapted along with the lineup, developing into what Brooke Singer calls “a fusion of our styles and interests”. Long considered a cult band, their audience and reputation as a superb live act has spread widely, with millions of people finding and streaming their music.

French for Rabbits - Ouija Board (2021)
French For Rabbits performing at Dunedin Arts Festival, 2018.
Photo credit: Phoebe Lysbeth Kay Mackenzie
French For Rabbits performing at Cuba Dupa, 2020.
French For Rabbits - European tour poster, 2015.
John Fitzgerald recording guitar or The Weight of Melted Snow at The Surgery, Wellington, 2015.
French For Rabbits, 2022
Photo credit: Lily Paris West
French For Rabbits' Brooke Singer (right) with visual collaborator Misma Andrews.
French For Rabbits' John Fitzgerald and Brooke SInger, 2018.
Photo credit: Ebony Lamb
French For Rabbits - Claimed By The Sea EP (2012)
French for Rabbits: Live in the Vogelmorn Bowling Club
French For Rabbits' Brooke Singer and John Fitzgerald, 2018.
Photo credit: Ebony Lamb
French For Rabbits, 2016. From left to right: Hikurangi Schaverien-Kaa, Penelope Esplin, Brooke Singer, Ben Lemi, John Fitzgerald
Photo credit: Ebony Lamb
French for Rabbits - The Outsider (2021)
French For Rabbits - The Overflow (AAA Records, 2021)
French for Rabbits - Goat (2013)
French For Rabbits' John Fitzgerald and Brooke Singer, 2014.
Photo credit: Misma Andrew
French For Rabbits' Brooke Singer and John Fitzgerald, 2014.
Photo credit: Cheriene Singer
French For Rabbits New Zealand tour poster, 2017.
French for Rabbits - It Will be Okay (2017
French For Rabbits' Hikurangi Schaverien-Kaa and John Fitzgerald at SXSW, Austin Texas, 2019.
French For Rabbits performing in a hat shop in Brussels, 2015.
French For Rabbits releasing lanterns at a wedding in Switzerland, 2015.
Brooke SInger and John Fitzgerald, French For Rabbits, 2016.
Photo credit: Justyn Strothers
French for Rabbits - The Other Side (2014)
French for Rabbits, The Weight Of Melted Snow (Home Alone, 2017)
French For Rabbits opening for Lorde, 2017.
French For Rabbits' personal touch: a note to purchaser, included with Claimed By The Sea.
French For Rabbits, 2018: Penelope Esplin. Brooke Singer, John Fitzgerald.
Photo credit: Rachel Brandon
French for Rabbits - Walk the Desert (2021)
French For Rabbits' 2015 European Tour. Brooke Singer (centre) with Penelope Esplin at right and Robin Cederman on the left.
French For Rabbits - The Overflow album release tour of New Zealand, 2022.
French For Rabbits on tour, 2022. Left to right: Ben Lemi, Hikurangi Schaverien-Kaa, Brooke Singer, Penelope Esplin, John Fitzgerald.
French For Rabbits opening for Agnes Obel, Berlin, 2014.
Photo credit: Alex Bruel Flagstad
French For Rabbits - filming the video for 'The Weight of Melted Snow'.
Photo credit: Misma Andrews
French For Rabbits - Spirits (2014)
French For Rabbits, 2016. From left to right: John Fitzgerald, Brooke SInger, Penelope Esplin.
French for Rabbits - Claimed by the Sea (PLAN REMIX)
French for Rabbits - The Weight Of Melted Snow (2019)
French For Rabbits, 2020. Clockwise from left: Penelope Esplin, John Fitzgerald, Ben Lemi, Hikurangi Schaverien-Kaa, Brooke Singer.
Photo credit: Lily Paris West
Members:

Brooke Singer - vocals, keyboards, synth, piano, guitar

John Fitzgerald - guitar

Ben Lemi - bass, drums, guitar, backing vocals

Hikurangi Schaverien-Kaa - drums

Penelope Esplin - synths, backing vocals

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Lefse Records


Home Alone Music


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