13-DATE U.S. / CANADA TOUR KICKS OFF TONIGHT
WATCH THE “DREAMS” VIDEO HERE
THE HALF WE STILL HAVE OUT NOW ON FANTASY RECORDS
“Striking… Poignant” –NPR
“Rachel Bobbitt is back with another stomach-jilting piece of bedroom alt-pop perfection.” -Paste
“Rachel Bobbitt’s tender, shimmering voice has the capacity to carry a massive weight of emotion — a weapon she wields very carefully.” –Consequence
“‘The Ceiling Demos’ offers fans of Bobbitt and newcomers to her music alike an intimate view into her process” – The FADER
“evocative indie rock” – Brooklyn Vegan
“A distillation of the enormous and unutterable, Rachel Bobbitt’s ‘More’ is an unflinching rumination on the uterus-bearing experience.” –Exclaim
Emerging Toronto-based artist Rachel Bobbitt released her remarkable new EP, The Half We Still Have via Fantasy Records last month. Tonight, she kicks off her tour with Jesse Jo Stark in support of the release, and to mark the occasion she shares a gorgeous cover of The Cranberries’ classic “Dreams.” Of the cover, Bobbitt says: “I’ve wanted to cover ‘Dreams’ for quite some time now. When I first made the demo, it was 2020 and I was staying at my parent’s place in Nova Scotia. The feeling of that slow summer surrounded by the rural landscapes of the valley worked its way into the track- I wanted it to feel like laying out in the sun with friends or a book. Stacks of vocal harmonies and a Twin Peaks inspired lead guitar remained for the final version, and I’m so excited to have been able to interpret such a beautiful song.” Listen to “Dreams” HERE and watch the video HERE.
The Half We Still Have is a series of sharp and incisive character studies, told with unflinching honesty, piercing intuition, and fearless self-reflection.
“I wanted these songs to reflect the intense dynamics that take shape in relationships,” Bobbitt explains. “I’ve found in some relationships, you give and give, only to eventually lose yourself in the process. In those moments where we feel abandoned and hollow, a small sliver remains intact, preserved, and personal.”
The EP’s singles “Two Bit,” which Paste called “another stomach-jilting piece of bedroom alt-pop perfection,” and “Clay Feet,” which saw support from Stereogum, Brooklyn Vegan and more, perfectly encapsulates Rachel’s remarkable gift for expressing universal truths in the tiniest of details. Listen and/or purchase The Half We Still Have HERE.
Produced and mixed by Jorge Elbrecht (Sky Ferreira, Japanese Breakfast) at 80A Studios in Toronto, The Half We Still Have is a searing, empathetic work of musical non-fiction, and just the beginning of an immensely bright future to come.
LISTEN TO THE HALF WE STILL HAVE
9/15 – Somerville, MA @ Crystal Ballroom *
9/16 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground *
9/23 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz *
9/24 – Toronto, ON @ Velvet Underground *
9/25 – Detroit, MI @ Loving Touch *
9/26 – Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop *
9/28 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle *
9/29 – St Paul, MN @ Turf Club *
9/30 – Milwaukee, MN @ Back Room at Colectivo *
10/1 – St Louis, MI @ Blueberry Hill *
10/3 – Kansas City, MO @ recordBar *
10/5 – Denver, CO @ Meow Wolf *
10/6 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge *
* supporting Jesse Jo Stark
Rachel Bobbitt (vocals/guitar) is joined on The Half We Still Have by close musical partner, Justice Der (guitar/e-bow), Stephen Bennett (drums/percussion), Isaac Teague (bass), Sam Laramee (synth) along with Alex George (strings). The band’s tight-knit cohesion, combined with Elbrecht’s visionary production, helps give Rachel’s expansive bedroom, art-pop compositions their shimmering toughness.
Previous EP The Ceiling Could Collapse and now The Half We Still Have showcase strong songwriting prowess, a skill that Bobbitt has been honing for a long time. She made a name for herself on Vine as a teenager, uploading covers of pop hits and all-time classics to the now-defunct social media site. As her profile rose, Bobbitt found herself overwhelmed rather than inspired.
“It was exciting to be doing what I loved, but it was difficult to be observed by that many people at that age where I simultaneously wanted to just shut myself in,” she says. “I’m grateful it ended when it did, because it gave me time to step back and think about what I wanted to create for myself.”
She soon found herself at a jazz program, before leaving it during the pandemic to focus on her own music.
“Most of the moments I have had in my life that felt right, like they made sense, have been a result of human connection,” Rachel concludes. “It can be so beautiful, and it can also be desperate and damaging. I have had connections in my life that made me question the fundamentals of my character, and unfortunately, I don’t think that is uncommon. But throughout every complicated, demoralizing, or harmful relationship, there has always been that slice of myself that remained mine, even when I didn’t feel it. The Half We Still Have centers around that small piece, and the connections that threaten it.”