Salim Akram talks really, really fast. As the guitarist for Boston's Bad Rabbits, a five-piece self-proclaimed "post-R&B" act with a reputation for a boisterous live show, Akram has a lot to say about the medley of influences and the band's unique background, and rightfully so: Many music outlets aren't quite sure how to categorize them.
Currently touring behind their first full-length release, American Love, out now on Bad Records, Bad Rabbits possess cross-cultural appeal that places their sound somewhere in the midst of modern-day funk and R&B stylings juxtaposed against the weight of hardcore. It's not an easy balance to find.
"We came from a similar background, whether it's a first-generation family or working class," Akram says.