White Rabbits (band)


White Rabbits (band)

Infobox musical artist
Name = White Rabbits


Img_capt = The White Rabbits at Glastonbury 2007
Img_size = 350
Background = group_or_band
Origin = Columbia, Missouri, United States
Instruments =
Genre = Indie rock, post-punk revival
Years_active = 2004–present
Label = Say Hey Records
URL = [http://www.whiterabbitsmusic.com/ Official site]
Current_members = Greg Roberts
Steve Patterson
Alex Even
Adam Russell
Matt Clark
Jamie Levinson

White Rabbits are an American six-piece Indie rock band based in Brooklyn, NY, originally from Columbia, Missouri. They released their debut studio album, "Fort Nightly", on May 22, 2007. Their music is characteristically unique due to having two drummers and three singers, and is self-described as "honky-tonk calypso." They currently (as of 2008) record for Say Hey Records.

History

The band formed while some of the members were attending the University of Missouri. Greg Roberts and Stephen Patterson met at college in 2004. Alex Even, Adam Russell and Greg had all played in the band "Texas Chainsaw Mass Choir". Originally, White Rabbits had five members, but after relocating to New York City the following year, the band expanded to six members. The sixth member, Jamie Levinson, had grown up on the same street as Roberts in Webster Groves, Missouri. Roberts and Levinson previously played in a ska band together in high school, The Hubcaps, and an acoustic punk band in college.

The White Rabbits recorded their first studio album, "Fort Nightly", and released it in 2007 to the public through their record label Say Hey Records. The reviews for their debut album have been overwhelmingly positive. [ [http://www.metacritic.com/music/artists/whiterabbits/fortnightly] Metacritic reviews for Fort Nightly]

In addition to consistent touring, they have been featured on "NPR's World Cafe" where they discussed how they all met in the college town of Columbia, MO, what their early sound was like, and they performed three songs. [ [http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=14239777] NPR, World Cafe] They have also performed on the Late Show with David Letterman. [ [http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/article/download/44383-white-rabbits-the-plot-live-on-late-show-with-david-letterman] Pitchfork Media review and video of performance, 12 September 2007]

Live Shows

Heralded for their live shows, White Rabbits are known for their energy, their switching of instruments, and performing cover songs. Typically they will put their own twist on cover songs by playing them in a style/genre different from the original. [ [http://www.daytrotter.com/daytrotterSessions/891/free-songs-white-rabbits] Daytrotter, describing Bob Dylan's "Maggie's Farm" played calypso style July 16,2007] After playing a particularly energetic show at "South By Southwest", NME named them one of the top three bands performing that year.

They have toured with bands such as The Walkmen, Richard Swift, and Spoon. In 2007, they began a national tour with the Kaiser Chiefs in support of their album "Fort Nightly". [ [http://prod1.cmj.com/articles/display_article.php?id=44547359] CMJ, August 28, 2007] This is following a tour through the United Kingdom.

Discography

Members

* Alexander Even - guitar
* Adam Russell - bass (not the same Adam Russell from Story of the Year)
* Matthew Clark - drums
* Jamie Levinson - drums
* Gregory Roberts - vocals, guitar
* Stephen Patterson - vocals, piano

Influences

*The SpecialsCite web|url=http://search.insound.com/search/showrelease.jsp?p=INS35997|title=White Rabbits: Fort Nightly on Insound|accessdate=2007-06-13|year=2007]
*The Style CouncilCite web|url=http://search.insound.com/search/showrelease.jsp?p=INS35997|title=White Rabbits: Fort Nightly on Insound|accessdate=2007-06-13|year=2007]
*Aztec CameraCite web|url=http://search.insound.com/search/showrelease.jsp?p=INS35997|title=White Rabbits: Fort Nightly on Insound|accessdate=2007-06-13|year=2007]

References

External links

* [http://www.whiterabbitsmusic.com White Rabbits Official Website]
* [http://whiterabbitsdoc.com/ Untitled White Rabbits Documentary]
* [http://www.daytrotter.com/article/892/white-rabbits-olden-takes-to-young-for-new-adventures-in-fidelity Daytrotter Sessions] - Downloadable MP3s
* [http://cornellsun.com/node/24199 Cornell Daily Sun interview with`Steve Patterson]
* [http://www.auralstates.com/2008/01/interview-white-rabbits-voxkeys-steve.html Aural States interviews White Rabbits' lead singer Steve Patterson] (01.31.2008)
* [http://www.avclub.com/content/interview/white_rabbits Onion A.V. Club interview with Steve Patterson and Greg Roberts]
* [http://www-tech.mit.edu/V127/N31/whiterabbits.html Interview with Stephen Patterson from MIT's] The Tech
* [http://www.zpop.co.uk/dates/04/28april.htm - Preview of upcoming Manchester Show from zpop Manchester]


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