LIVE REVIEW: White Rabbits @ The Independent
Down the White Rabbits Hole
Although just toddlers as far as a band is concerned, White Rabbits command an audience much like that of some of their mid-life-crisis-aged colleagues. Not taking any breaks to breathe let alone talk, the six-man power rock group stormed through their set list with their percussion-heavy, yet fresh new sound they’re debuting on their latest album It’s Frightening.
Surprisingly, they only featured a couple songs off of their freshman debut Fort Nightly, including the opener, and the most danceable song in their catalog, “Kid On My Shoulders” which was a huge crowd hit. Although their new sound is a little more rounded out with less worldly influences, we were entirely ecstatic to see that White Rabbits kept the low-octave piano pieces that were so subtle, yet crucial on their last album, firmly in place. You could hear certain echoes from Fort Nightly, but no doubt, their amazing musical arrangements were helped a teensy bit along by Spoon’s Britt Daniel who produced It’s Frightening. One could almost hear Spoon on a few tracks, and that’s quite alright.
Overall, one of the most tightly knit shows that perfectly reflected their short-attention-span guitar sets and spasmodic syncopations between rhythm and harmony all while gently teasing an ever so eager fan. There’s a reason they’re making splashes in star-struck places like Bonnaroo Music Festival and the soon to be played at All Points West. They leave you wondering, what’s next? Constantly wanting more.