From the very first seconds of It’s Frightening, the sophomore record from Brooklyn-based six-piece saloon rock outfit, White Rabbits, it is clear that this album is something to be reckoned with. “Percussion Gun,” a song as explosive as its name sounds, starts the record off with a literal bang, on a deep bass drum and a kick snare, and it is not until a few stark seconds of heavy percussion (provided by the band’s two drummers, Jamie Levinson and Matthew Clark — that’s right, they have TWO drummers), that a Radiohead-esque guitar riff kicks in and lead singer Stephen Patterson’s melancholic voice starts to scream over the pulsing beat. By then, you’re already hooked.
The Rabbits, who now live scattered across Brooklyn (Williamsburg, Fort Greene, and in between), by way of Columbia, Missouri, made quite an impression on our little borough with their 2007 debut, Fortnightly. The first record was an interesting mix of old-time bar songs, far-away island calypso jams, and more straightforward get-up-and-dance rock anthems, all recorded while the six lived together (in bunk beds!) in a Bushwick loft, often bedraggled by bedbugs and no heat (glamorous preppy rock this is not).
Now, having produced their second release with Spoon’s Britt Daniel, the boys are far from tiny beds and cold fingers. And even though they have made a flashy music video to go with their first single, they still haven’t forgotten their roots. Sunny’s in Red Hook — the quirky dive with the worst hours, where the Rabbits filmed their first-ever music video for “The Plot”– remains one of the band’s favorite Brooklyn haunts.
Tonight the White Rabbits (along with other buzz bands Cymbals Eat Guitars of Staten Island, and Antlers of Brooklyn) play a sold-out show at Bowery Ballroom (Craigs has a few tickets left). But if you miss that, you can score a copy of It’s Frightening right here, simply by answering a trivia question about the Rabbits. Ready for it? Here goes: Who produced the Rabbits first record? The 10th and 11th correct answers get a shiny, minty copy. (Thanks for checking here first. We’ve got the winners, and the answer is Chris Zane!)
Sent by Nicole. Text by Rachel Syme. Photos courtesy Tell All Your Friends.