White Rabbits

TRACKING BEST OF 2012 EDITION: #5 White Rabbits - "Heavy Metal"

SOUNDS LIKE: These Spoon wannabes still have that silver utensil in their mouth
WHY YOU SHOULD CARE: Because it's not a bad thing, it's a good thing! It's #5 on the list!

When Brooklyn's White Rabbits hopped onto the scene in 2005, they were just lumped in to the neverending sect of bands from Williamsburg.  What made them stick out was their pension for a nervous tension in their songs that didn't fall to far from the musical drawer that Austin's Spoon resided in.  They began honing in that sound when they got the chance to work with Spoon's very own Britt Daniel, who twiddled the knobs and produced their breakthrough It's Frightening in 2009.  The sextet, armed with two drummers to double up on the 4/4 Jim Eno beat got even more Spoon-ish with this year's Milk Famous.  Helmed this time by longtime Spoon producer Mike McCarthy, they created an even more frightening, Spooiner album than before.

But enough about Spoon, let's talk about why we're really here.  Famous opener "Heavy Metal" is anything but what its title leads one to believe.  While a reversed piano loop starts in the front, it's quickly moved to the backburner as more elements are added to the compound song.  While Greg Roberts reaches for a falsetto nearly out of his comfort zone, the ultra sexy bass line keeps things going smoothly.  They make the song all their own and shed that comparison documented in the paragraph above by a lead guitar bit that, if it were doused in a pedal of distortion, would be pretty heavy.  And you know what, who cares that their love for one of the best indie bands out there strains through all of their songs, its takes a song like "Heavy Metal" to show us how bands are influenced by their peers and how they can make their own songs even better than they already are.



LIVE MUSIC: White Rabbits @ The Black Cat 3/7/12

First things first. I love the band Spoon. If you’re reading this you probably also love the band Spoon. In fact I think it’s safe to say that just about EVERYONE loves the band Spoon.

But nobody loves the band Spoon more than White Rabbits.

Now before any of you White Rabbits super-fans get all “There is more to them than that.” or “Up yours, reviewer guy!”, know that while that kind of statement is usually reserved for bands who are struggling to find their own identity, in this case it’s quite the opposite. So while there’s no way to get around acknowledging, or even dwelling on White Rabbits Spoon-ness (Spoon front man Britt Daniel even produced their second album, It’s Frightening, after all) it’s what they ultimately do with this “burden” that makes them one of the most exciting bands you’re likely to see this year.