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Black Hare Biography

Originating from Eugene, Oregon, back in September 2011, Black Hare was a "Craigslist Success Story" with a very positive beginning. A five-man punch in the face, some fans have said they, "Feel the dust settle at the end of a song." Explosive. Creative. Unique. Black Hare belts out their energy on eager fans at every show. A band of diverging cultures, influences, and a shared passion, Black Hare is simply dubbed, "Oregon Rock."
JERED KAPPENMAN, TIM EASTLAND, AND JAMES JOHN'S CUSTOM GUITAR AND BASS TUNING CREATES A NEW UNIQUE TYPE OF DARK STYLE THAT IS FULL, EMBODIED AND AGRESSIVE. ZACK SETTERGREN'S (A.K.A. ZACKY SICKNESS) LYRICS ARE RIDDLED WITH DEEP AND MEANINGFUL CONCEPTS, AND YET WHILE THEY HAVE THE DISGUISE OF BEING DARK, MANY OF THE SONGS HAVE A POSITIVE MESSAGE. TRACY DAKEN'S DRUMMING IS GUTTERAL AND PUNCTUATING, OFTEN MORE DIFFICULT THAN THEY FIRST SOUND TO BE. ALL THESE CRUCIAL ELEMENTS ARE THE BASE OF WHAT MAKES BLACK HARE IT'S VERY OWN ANIMAL. "BLACK HARE IS BRINGING BACK THE RAW PASSION IN MUSIC THAT PEOPLE HAVE MISSED. NO AUTO-TUNE, NO BULLSHIT, JUST PURE EMOTION, AND LOVE FOR OUR MUSIC!" ; QUOTED BY ZACK AT A SHOW.
BLACK HARE IS THE CULMINATION OF MANY INFLUENCES OVER MANY GENRES SHOVED TOGETHER INTO WHAT ONE MAGAZINE REFERRED TO AS A, “HARD ROCK HOMAGE LAYERCAKE." TAZ WAS QUOTED AS SAYING, "WE ARE BLACK HARE, WE PLAY WHAT MOVES US."


ZACK WAS BORN IN BEND, OREGON. INSPIRED BY BANDS AT WARPED TOUR, 2009, SICKNESS BECAME OBESSED WITH BECOMING A LEAD VOCALIST. MANY HOURS OF PRACTICE WERE DEDICATED TO SCREAMING INTO A MIC TO ROCK BAND. ZACK SOON GAINED THE CONFIDENCE TO JOIN A BAND IN 2010, NAMED "MY FRIEND Z", WHERE HE GAINED WISDOM OF KNOWING A LEAD VOCALIST IS MORE THAN JUST A SINGER. HE WAS A FRONTMAN: THE SYMBOL OF WHAT THE BAND STOOD FOR.
"WHILE AT WARPED TOUR I WAS FASINATED BY THE ENERGY OF THE CROWD WHILE WATCHING MY FAVORITE BAND "CHIODOS," ZACK TOLD US. " I WAS FASINATED BY ALL THE PEOPLE TOUCHED BY THEIR MUSIC. THEY FELT THE SAME AS I DID. IT WAS LIKE A CONSTANT GAME OF CATCH WITH ENERGY BETWEEN US AND CRAIG OWEN, CHIODOS'S FRONTMAN. I NOTICED THE SMILE ON HIS FACE AS WE REACTED TO HIM, AND I KNEW THEN AND THERE I WANTED TO BE UP THERE MORE THAN ANYTHING!" ZACK IS INFLUENCED BY MANY DIFFERENT VOCALS FROM DIFFERENT STYLES: CRAIG OWENS OF CHIODOS, RONNIE RADKE OF FALLING IN REVERSE, CRAIG MABBITT OF ESCAPE THE FATE, KURT COBAIN, COREY TAYLOR OF SLIPKNOT, JIM MORRISON, AND MANY OTHERS.

JERED'S (LEO RABID)PASSION FOR GUITAR SOON FLOURISHED WHEN HE PICKED UP AN ACOUSTIC GUITAR IN SIXTH GRADE. AFTER ONE OFFICIAL LESSON, HE SOON TAUGHT HIMSELF THROUGH TABLATURE AND COVER SONGS OF METAL AND GRUNGE. BY THE AGE OF 20 AND BEING IN MULTIPLE BANDS, HE SOON WAS LEARNING THEORY, SCALES, SWEEPS, TAPPING, PALM-MUTING, TRILLING AND OTHER TECHNIQUES. AT 25, IS WHEN THINGS STARTED TO GET SERIOUS. HE JOINED "TAKIN BY TIGERS" WITH TIM BERG: THE FOUNDATION ON WHICH BLACK HARE WOULD BEGIN TO TAKE SHAPE. AFTER MEETING JAMES FOR THE FIRST TIME AND COMPLETING NINE SHOWS THROUGHOUT OREGON WITH THE BAND, JERED SOON REALIZED THAT THE VOCALIST WAS NOT IMPROVING AS HE SHOULD. SO, WITH JAMES IN TOW, HE MOVED ON TO FORM BLACK HARE WITH ZACK. FINALLY, AT THE AGE OF 28, DID JERED FEEL LIKE HE WAS CONTRIBUTING TO A MUSICAL PROCESS. AND BEFORE THAT BAND HAD PLAYED FOR A YEAR, THEY ALREADY RECORDED THEIR FIRST ALBUM IN HERMISTON, OREGON. "I'D RATHER ROCK ALL OVER THE PLANET, THAN USE MY DEGREE IN THE FINANCIAL WORLD IN A CUBICLE".


JAMES (JANGO) JOHN STARTED BASS FROM A YOUNG AGE, LEARNING HIS CRAFT IN SCHOOL ORCHESTRAS, THEN FINALLY MASTERING THE BASS IN COLLEGE. JAMES'S BACKGROUND IN JAZZ, BLUES, AND CLASSIC ROCK GIVE A UNIQUE LEAD BASS UNDER TONE TO BLACK HARE'S MUSIC. NOT AFRAID TO BE A LEAD GUITAR, HIS STYLE IS ALMOST A COMPLETE COUNTERPOINT TO JERED'S. HIS PASSION FOR THE BASS SOON MATERIALIZED IN A SIMPLE GUITAR LEFT BY HIS FATHER IN THE ATTIC, THE SAME ONE IN WHICH HE PLAYS TODAY.
JAMES HAS BEEN IN MANY BANDS: SOMTIMES AS A GUITARIST, OTHER TIMES PLAYING HIS BASS. AS HE GREW AND EXPERIENCED THE BAND LIFE, HE REALIZED WHAT HE WANTED TO DO. JAMES HAS MANY INFLUENCES AND A "PLAYFUL" MANNER IN WHICH HE PLAYS, ALMOST TAUNTING THE BAND TO FOLLOW HIM. DARING, WITH YEARS OF PLAYING IN JAZZ ENSAMBLES, ROCK BANDS, AND BLUES, HE HAS A FEARLESS OUTLOOK ON THE STAGE AND A BEASTLY, AGGRESSIVE STANCE IN THE WAY HE CONDUCTS HIS BUSINESS.


TRACY (TAZ) DAKEN GOT HIS NICKNAME FROM HIS RED HAIR AND HIS AGGRESSIVE ATTACK ON THE DRUMS. BORN IN MISSOURI, AND RAISED THROUGHOUT THE US, HE WAS A WANDERER, AND CURIOUS. BY THE AGE OF 13, HE PICKED UP HIS FIRST GUITAR. TWO YEARS LATER, HE FOUND HIS TRUE PASSION, DRUMS. SELF TAUGHT UNTIL COLLEGE, HE RECEIVED AN ASSOCIATES DEGREE IN APPLIED PERCUSSION AND A BACHELORS IN ENGLISH. AFTER 12 YEARS IN THE MILITARY AND RETIRED FOR ONE LUNG, METAL KNEE, SHRAPNEL IN THE HEAD, AND PTSD, HE SOON JUMPED BACK ON DRUMS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 8 YEARS WITH BLACK HARE. HIS STYLE IS SIMPLY PUT, "ORGANIC WITH THE MUSIC." DRAWING FROM YEARS OF GRUNGE,PUNK, SKA, METAL, SWING, AND JAZZ, HE ADAPTS HIS KNOWLEDGE TO MAKE BLACK HARE "POP" WITH A GRUNGE FEEL THAT SIMPLY PUSHES THE MUSIC FURTHER INTO THE SKULL.
THE NEWEST MEMBER IS TIM EASTLAND. TIM BRINGS A PALLATABLE SECOND GUITAR TO COMPLEMENT RABID’S VERSATILE STYLE. EASTLAND GREW UP PLAYING IN COUNTRY ROCK BANDS WITH HIS FATHER AT A PRECOCIOUS HIGH SCHOOL AGE. HE RECENTLY HAS MADE A VOW TO CONTINUE RECORDING AND TOURING WITH THE GROUP. HE IS TRULLY AN ASSET THE BAND CANNOT SURVIVE WITHOUT.

BANDS GET TOGETHER FOR MANY REASONS: MONEY, FAME, GIRLS, DRUGS, ART. BLACK HARE SIMPLY CAME TOGETHER BY FATE. THE MELDING OF STYLES AND ARTISTIC FLAIR BROUGHT ABOUT BY THESE FOUR IS SIMPLY INSPIRING TO OTHER MUSICIANS AND FANS ALIKE. YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT WILL COME OUT OF THEIR JAM ROOM NEXT. AND THAT, IS HOW MUSIC AND THE SOUL TIE TOGETHER.
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