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Bodysnatcher Drummer Pays Tribute to His Late Brother with “Dead Rabbit”


Floridian deathcore outfit Bodysnatcher just released a new music video for the standalone track “Dead Rabbit,” a song written to pay tribute to drummer Chris Whited’s late brother and former bandmate Adam.

“This song was written as a message to my brother Adam who died last April. Adam got me into hardcore and playing music when we were younger.”

The drummer said it was his brother that got him into hardcore music and inspired him to pick up an instrument. The two eventually played in a band called King Conquer together that eventually grew a following in the scene throughout the South Florida area.

Sadly, Adam was diagnosed with “a severe case of Multiple Sclerosis when he was only sixteen years old,” Chris Whited said. Rather than go down without a fight, Chris said his brother continued to play music and tour despite the pain and other debilitating symptoms like “loss of sight, numbness of limbs, and brain lesions until he couldn’t do it anymore.”

Chris said Bodysnatcher had initially planned to have Adam write the lyrics for their next album, with the theme being about his struggles with MS and written from his point of view. The lyrics for “Dead Rabbit,” then focused heavily on Adam’s experience.

“I wanted him to be able to still have an input in one more album I was part of… but on April 5th, 2022 he passed away. While writing these lyrics, I knew I wanted to also include something he had written in the past. The words that read, ‘You don’t know real pain until you feel mine; Losing faith on a bathroom floor,’ are taken from the King Conquer song ‘Turmoil Before Enlightenment’ that he wrote all the lyrics for twelve years ago. Chills ran down my spine remembering those words because when he passed away, he was found exactly like that. ‘Dead Rabbit’ was his nickname most people knew him by so we named this song after him.”

Despite his loss, the band’s plans to hit the road on a headlining tour with AngelMaker, Paleface, and Distant are still set to go. The first leg of the tour will start on March 1 in West Palm, Florida and come to an end in Worcester, Massachusetts on March 29.

A second leg of the tour will start up right after with Lorna Shore, Shadow of Intent, Brand of Sacrifice, and Boundaries from March 30 in Albany, New York and ending on April 16 in Seattle, Washington. The final leg will have the same bands except for Lorna Shore and will run from April 17 in Portland, Oregon to April 26 in Millvale, Pennsylvania.

To see the full list of dates and catch Bodysnatcher live, be sure to scroll down for the entire itinerary.

BODYSNATCHER w/ AngelMaker, Paleface, Distant:

3/01/2023 Respectables – West Palm, FL * Sold Out

3/02/2023 The Abbey – Orlando, FL * Sold Out

3/03/2023 Masquerade (Heaven) – Atlanta, GA

3/04/2023 Hangar 1819 – Greensboro, NC * Sold Out

3/05/2023 The End – Nashville, TN * Sold Out

3/06/2023 Red Flag – St. Louis, MO

3/07/2023 The Rino – Kansas City, MO * Sold Out

3/08/2023 89th Street – Oklahoma City, OK * Sold Out

3/09/2023 Trees – Dallas, TX

3/10/2023 The Rock Box – San Antonio, TX

3/11/2023 Warehouse Live – Houston, TX

3/13/2023 Nile Underground – Mesa, AZ * Sold Out

3/14/2023 Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA * Sold Out

3/15/2023 Strummer’s – Fresno, CA

3/16/2023 Goldfields – Roseville, CA

3/17/2023 Neck Of The Woods – San Francisco, CA

3/18/2023 American Legion Post 8 – Las Vegas, NV

3/19/2023 The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT

3/20/2023 HQ – Denver, CO * Sold Out

3/21/2023 1867 Bar – Lincoln, NE * Sold Out

3/22/2023 Subterranean – Chicago, IL * Sold Out

3/23/2023 The Sanctuary – Detroit, MI * Sold Out

3/24/2023 The Winchester – Cleveland, OH * Sold Out

3/25/2023 Preserving Underground – Pittsburgh, PA * Sold Out

3/26/2023 Lovedraft’s – Mechanicsburg, PA * Sold Out

3/27/2023 The Brooklyn Monarch – Brooklyn, NY

3/28/2023 Webster Underground – Hartford, CT * Sold Out

3/29/2023 The Palladium Upstairs – Worcester, MA * Sold Out

w/ Lorna Shore, Shadow Of Intent, Brand Of Sacrifice, Boundaries:

3/30/2023 Empire Live – Albany, NY * Sold Out

4/01/2023 Piedmont Hall – Greensboro, NC * Sold Out

4/02/2023 Hooligans Music Hall – Jacksonville, NC * Sold Out

4/03/2023 Music Farm – Charleston, SC * Sold Out

4/05/2023 Janus Live – St. Petersburg, FL

4/06/2023 Club LA – Destin, FL * Sold Out

4/07/2023 House Of Blues – New Orleans, LA * Sold Out

4/08/2023 The Hall – Little Rock, AR

4/10/2023 The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI * Sold Out

4/11/2023 Evansville Coliseum – Evansville, IN

4/12/2023 Alliant Energy PowerHouse – Cedar Rapids, IA

4/14/2023 Pub Station – Billings, MT * Sold Out

4/15/2023 Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA * Sold Out

4/16/2023 Showbox SODO – Seattle, WA * Sold Out

w/ Shadow Of Intent, Brand Of Sacrifice, Boundaries:

4/17/2023 Peter’s Room – Portland, OR

4/19/2023 Marquis Theatre – Denver, CO

4/20/2023 The Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO

4/22/2023 The Waiting Room – Omaha, NE

4/23/2023 The Forge – Joliet, IL * No Brand Of Sacrifice

4/24/2023 Hi-Fi – Indianapolis, IN

4/25/2023 The Foundry – Cleveland, OH *No Brand Of Sacrifice

4/26/2023 Mr. Smalls – Millvale, PA

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