Feb 24, 2009

White Rabbits Showcase New Album

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                                                                                                                                                                                                         As I watched White Rabbits prepare for their set Thursday at the Mercury Lounge something didn’t settle well with me. It wasn’t the oblivious pastel-clad college kid who knocked over my beer or the underage girl who tried to swindle her way in front of me, nevertheless something about this White Rabbits show was off. And as I picked up what was left of my beer and “accidently” spilled it on the tween in an attempt to clear some space I realized what was amiss… the lone drum kit.

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                                                                                 White Rabbits are synonymous with great percussion, so the single drum kit gave me a horrible premonition. With the same lineup: Stephen Patterson (vox/piano), Jamie Levinson (drums), Matthew Clark (drums, guitar), Alex Even (guitar), Gregory Roberts (guitar/vox) Adam Russell (bass) and Britt Daniel turning the knobs, how could the new album It’s Frightening not build on the solid foundation of Fort Nightly? So as I waited with the sold out crowd in anticipation of the new tracks I almost predicted a sophomore slump. Luckily I’m not an odds maker.

 

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  To sum up the White Rabbits show with one word: “INSTRUMENTATION.” White Rabbits seamlessly shift positions, leads and instruments. Every song had a different focal point albeit the guitar, drums, piano or even acoustic guitar, the entire set was outstanding. And despite the single drum kit, the drumming seemed clear, focused, deep and louder than ever. It seems Britt Daniel may have used heavier bass and lighter piano play to bring out the sound of band members banging the same kit. I don’t know, but I want another listen and can’t wait for the album.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The new songs demand  a reaction from the crowd and urge you to do more than stand in awe. The show was amazing, the new songs sound perfect and if you plan to attend the next White Rabbits show be prepared to move. 

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