Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. GangStarr. The White Stripes. Even Daryl Hall and John Oates (yes we realise this is possibly the only time that all of these names will ever be mentioned in the same breath, let alone blog post) to name but a few.
New York by way of Missouri sextet White Rabbits are clearly aware of the power of pairs because they use their peculiar set up of two drummers to their full advantage.
And it sounds phenomenal.
This fierce gang of Brooklyn noise makers hardly need any other tricks to create the sort of dark, brooding atmosphere that should only be obtainable by rock heavyweights Thom Yorke and co, but having a pair of drummers at your disposal can only mean one thing - a helluva lot of bang for your buck.
And that's exactly what White Rabbits gave their home crowd at Webster Hall; a high-energy cacophony of menacing drumming and glitchy electro beats that weaved throughout the falsetto cries of vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Stephen Patterson.
White Rabbits have been likened to Spoon on several occasions (they worked with Spoon's Britt Daniel on their second album) but tonight Patterson's harmonies are channelling his inner Matt Bellamy - it's hard not to draw similarities between his vocals on eerie opener 'Heavy Metal' and the talent-knows-no-bounds Muse frontman.
"Hello New York, it's good to be home," a dark silhouetted Patterson tells the crowd before breaking into jam heavy track 'Are You Free', and already you can't help but hope that it's a sentiment he doesn't cling to for long; White Rabbits have come a long way since 2009's 'It's Frightening', and the rest of the world needs a chance to get on board with this band now.
We think 'amazeballs' is the correct technical term for this gig, so as long as this band keep the same great standard and refuse to disappear back down that rabbit hole of obscurity, they can only be destined for greater things.
White Rabbits is an American six-piece indie rock band based in Brooklyn, New York, originally from Columbia, Missouri. The band released its debut studio album, Fort Nightly, on May 22, 2007. Their second album, It's Frightening, was released on May 19, 2009. They released their third album, Milk Famous, on March 6, 2012. The band is signed to TBD Records.
The band formed in Columbia, Missouri. The band's frontmen, Greg Roberts and Stephen Patterson, met at the college in 2004. Alex Even, Adam Russell and Greg had formerly played in the band Texas Chainsaw Mass Choir. The original White Rabbits lineup consisted of five members, but after relocating to New York City the next 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 both played in a ska band (called The Hubcaps) while in high school.
The White Rabbits recorded its first studio album, Fort Nightly, and released it in 2007 to the public through Say Hey Records. The album was praised by critics.
In addition to consistent touring, they have been featured on NPR's World Cafe, where the band members discussed how they met and formed in the college town of Columbia, Missouri. They also talked about their early sound and performed three songs. They have also performed on the Late Show with David Letterman.
On May 12, 2009, the band released their second album, titled It's Frightening. The album was produced by Britt Daniel, lead singer and guitarist of Spoon (whom they asked after meeting the band while on tour in Minneapolis). Retrieved on February 16, 2009, the album was released on TBD Records, which also hosts the bands Radiohead and Underworld. The band also worked with Nicholas Vernhes at the Rare Book Room.
Their third album, titled Milk Famous, was released on March 6, 2012.