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


Allgood Absolute Alternative Records

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