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The band Freight Train Rabbit Killer is made up of Kris Bruders (Freight Train) and Mark Smeltzer (Rabbit Killer). Freight Train Rabbit Killer is a duet, described as a heavy doom blues American Roots opera – a shaman of the hills and a vigilante bent on justice. They have performed at home (Kansas City, Missouri) and on the road since 2014. Their live shows have been described as being intense. a freaking fantastic musical journey. Creepy and honest. It’s storytelling through music. Doom blues. Screaming electric guitars. All accompanied by suits and masks.
Freight Train Rabbit Killer – “Wake Snake Death Dance” 7-Inch Record Series Bundle
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- July 2018 News
Hay there. Here are a few updates on happenings for the month of July…
- Fri. July 13 – I Love KC Music Blog 2-Year Birthday w/ The Philistines, Amy Farrand + The Like, and Temp Tats @Californos
- Fri. July 20 – Freight Train Rabbit Killer “Wake Snake Death Dance” Vol. 3 7-Inch Release Party w/ Freight Train Rabbit Killer, Molly Gene and She Wolf (MO), 20 Watt Tombstone (WI), The Maness Brothers (STL) @The recordBar
- Wed. July 25 – Haymaker Records Showcase w/ Kee Avil (Montreal, Quebec art-rock), The New Obsessions (New project of Jorge Arana), and FACEFACE (Party rap from Ryan of HMPH!) @Records With Merritt
Freight Train Rabbit Killer‘s “Wake Snake Death Dance” Vol. 3 is available for pre-order on 7-Inch vinyl from Haymaker Records in black vinyl and limited edition blood red vinyl. The sleeves are hand screen-printed by the band themselves. Orders will ship around the end of July. You can also pre-order the entire four volume 7-Inch bundle of “Wake Snake Death Dance”.
- Freight Train Rabbit Killer 7-Inch Record Series Vol. #2 Update
We have an update on the 2nd Volume of the Wake Snake Death Dance 7-Inch Series Volume #2. The official release date is Friday, April 13th with a release party at recordBar in Kansas City, Missouri. Pre-orders will be mailed out Saturday, April 7th. The two new tracks are “The Tree of the Knowledge of Good + Evil” and “Pesky Serpent”. Both songs were written by Ike Sheldon of The Wilders with arrangements by Mark Smeltzer.
Note: As of February 2018, all of the blood red vinyl copies of Vol. 1 are sold out, but we still have some copies of the black vinyl available. The bundle package from this point on will contain the black vinyl issues of Vol. 1 (not red) and the bundle price has been reduced slightly as a result. Congratulations to everyone that snagged a limited edition copy of the blood red, these things have been selling quickly.
- Freight Train Rabbit Killer Release 7-Inch Record Series on Haymaker Records
Haymaker Records releases a new series of 7-Inch records by doom blues group Freight Train Rabbit Killer on vinyl and digital media on Saturday October 28, 2017. “Old Man of the Mountain” / “Maybe It’s You” is the first 7-Inch in the “Wake Snake Death Dance” 7-Inch Series and will be celebrated with a FREE release party in Kansas City, Missouri at Stockyards Brewing Co., 1600 Genessee St. #100, Kansas City, MO, on Saturday October 28 th at 8PM.
Freight Train Rabbit Killer is a duo made up of Kris Bruders (Freight Train) and Mark Smeltzer (Rabbit Killer). Described as a heavy doom blues American Roots opera – a shaman of the hills and a vigilante bent on justice, they have been performing out of their hometown of Kansas City, Missouri and on the road for three years. It’s storytelling through music, doom blues with screaming electric guitars, all accompanied by suits and masks. The 7-Inch series is a collaborative effort of Kansas City’s Haymaker Records and the groups’ own imprint Rural Grit Records and will be represented with four separate 7-Inch releases over the next year. The four 7-Inch records are a part of a greater puzzle, assembled by the band and complete with riddles, codes, and maps. The goal of this interactive game is to eventually lead the listener to a trove of artifacts revealed with the final release in the series. The hand screen-printed artwork for each volume will combine to create one larger piece of art. Through a special crowd-funding campaign, the entire four 7-Inch bundle can be pre-ordered and delivered separately at the time of release. An option will also be present for donating money to the trove of artifacts awarded to the winner of the interactive game. “Old Man of the Mountain” / “Maybe It’s You” is the first 7-Inch in the series and will be released on a limited run of 100 blood red hand-numbered copies with a limited number on black vinyl thereafter.
Freight Train Rabbit Killer will be joined by Kansas City punk rock group GASCAN for the Stockyards Brewing Co. release show on October 28th. The release party is a FREE event and will be celebrated with a special Halloween costume party beginning at 8PM. In addition to the release show, Freight Train Rabbit Killer are one of the featured performers the following night, Sunday October 29th at recordBar for SocialHeart’s Rockin’ Halloween benefit for Midwest Music Foundation. Copies of the new 7-Inch vinyl record of “Old Man on the Mountain” / “Maybe It’s Me” will be made available to the public for the first time at these events. Check out the Facebook event page for complete details on the event.
- Outer Reaches 2016
For the last three years, Haymaker Records has been a co-sponsor and planner of KC Psych Fest. The festival was rebranded to Outer Reaches this year, with the idea of being more incorporating of music outside of the “psych” genre. The music fest is still boundary-pushing and left-of-center, its just more inclusive of other genres now. We’re very excited to be a big part of the festival again this year. It will be held Friday, Sept. 30th and Saturday, Oct. 1st, 2016 at recordBar. Haymaker acts Be/Non and HMPH! are a part of the lineup this year, as well as 16 other great acts. All the information can be found at www.outerreachesfest.com.
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