Jakalope is a Canadian industrial/pop group. They are named for the fictional animal of the same name, although the animal's name is more commonly spelled jackalope. The band was formed in 2003 by noted Canadian industrial musician and producer Dave "Rave" Ogilvie most famous for his studio work with such acts as Skinny Puppy, David Bowie, Nine Inch Nails, and Marilyn Manson.
Jakalope began in 2003 as an open-concept project headed by Dave Ogilvie. His conceptual aim was towards new musical genre rooted in industrial music (for which Ogilvie is famed), but would be able to flow smoothly between searing rock and melodic pop. It was around this time that Ogilvie became acquainted with the vocal stylings of Katie B while she was working at Bryan Adams' The Warehouse Studio in Vancouver, British Columbia. The two of them had instant chemistry, and Katie took her position center stage as the front woman of Jakalope.
After Katie's departure from the band to start a solo career in spring 2007, the spot of lead singer was taken by Chrystal Leigh. Chrystal was previously the lead singer for Vancouver band The Perfect Strangers, as well as her own Chrystal Leigh Band while in Kelowna, and former member of an early version of Vancouver/Kelowna based band Closing Iris.
3 New songs have been since released. 2 on the bands official MySpace, entitled; Delicious and Falling. Both sound like the work from It Dreams, with Falling being perhaps the slowest synth song released by the band. The other, again similar in sound, is a piano led ballad called Last Song, which was posted on the official Jakalope fansite.
Due to the nature of the band, there are constantly rotating members, however the core members of the band include:
Chrystal Leigh - Lead Vocals, Keyboard, & Piano
Dave "Rave" Ogilvie - Keyboard, Guitar, & Vocals
Phil Caivano (Monster Magnet)
Matt Warhurst (SNFU)
Anthony Valcic (Fu)
Don Harrison, Don Binns and Don Short. (Harrison, Binns and Short, nicknamed "The Three Dons", are all former members of the bands Sons of Freedom and 2preciious.)
Their debut album, It Dreams, was released in 2004, and spawned the hit singles and videos Pretty Life, and Feel It. The 3rd single was Go Away, but the video received little play on MuchMusic and was unsuccessful compared to the two previous singles.
For this album, the band collaborated with a large number of guest musicians, including Trent Reznor (who contributed production work, as well as song writing, and instrumentation), Kat Bjelland and members of Sloan, Monster Magnet and Malhavoc.
The cover art for this album received the Juno Award for Best CD/DVD Artwork Design of the Year in 2005, and was designed by artist Vincent Marcone.
It Dreams was released on , 2005 in Japan.
Orange Records confirmed in early October 2005 that Jakalope would return to the studio in late October to record their next album, Born 4. The first single off the new album, Upside Down (and I Fall), was released to radio in March 2006. There was some controversy with the release date constantly changing, from an initial date set for spring 2006. Due to undisclosed reasons the release date was postponed several times, until the release on .
Information on Jakalope's Myspace confirms that guests on the second album include Allie Sheldan (Rio Bent), Thom D'arcy (Small Sins), Bob Pantella (Monster Magnet), Alex Lifeson (Rush), Jeremy Fisher and Bill Rieflin (Ministry, R.E.M., Married To Music).
Trent Reznor is confirmed to have returned as co-producer, and Vincent Marcone returned to do the CD design for Born 4.
Born 4 was released on , 2006 in Japan, and on in Canada. It is now available for purchase on iTunes in both the United States and Canada.
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They performed the music and vocals for the opening credits of Degrassi: The Next Generation in its fourth and fifth seasons. That song, along with Feel It, is featured in the TV show's soundtrack. Starting with season six, the vocals were removed and the opening was remixed, again by Jakalope.
Their song Feel It was used in the Degrassi: The Next Generation episode "Ghost In The Machine".
Their song Don't Cry was used in the Degrassi: The Next Generation episode "Voices Carry".
Their song Tell Me Why was used in the Degrassi: The Next Generation episode "Queen Of Hearts".
Their song Upside Down was used as part of the soundtrack to the mountain biking video New World Disorder 8 - Smackdown, part of the New World Disorder (Freeride Mountain Biking Movie Series).
Jakalope's song Remote Control was used in the Instant Star episode "Even Better Than The Real Thing" as Eden's Instant Star song, and their song "Go Away" was featured in the episode "The Jean Jenie"
All Jakalope lyrics
- Anthem 2
- Code 4 Love
- Come On
- Digging Deep
- Don't Cry
- Feel It
- Forecast 42
- Get It Back
- Go Away
- House Of Ill Trepidation
- House Of Trepidation
- Light After Night
- Nothing, Nowhere
- Pretty Life
- Something New
- Star 24 (No Apologies)
- Tell Me Why
- Throw It Away
- Upside Down
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