Saturday, May 23, 2009

White Rabbits - New Video / Album Stream / Coming to Seattle

The White Rabbits' newest album, It's Frightening, just hit shelves Tuesday. To sample it, the band is streaming the entire album over at their website (here). Also, a video for the first single off their second long player can be viewed above. The song, "Percussion Gun," is a powerfully drum-driven jammer that sets the tempo for the rest of the record. For those expecting to hear Fort Nightly Pt. II, you may be slightly disappointed. The band is clearly traveling in a new direction, and with Britt Daniel as their guide, the destination is anything but frightening for fans. The White Rabbits should take solace in the fact that they've successfully overcome the sophomore slump, producing a second album that exemplifies maturity and creativity, and shows promise in the potential for band survival. I hate to subject this new album to the comparison to Spoon, but it's hard not to. Frightening is extremely stripped down compared to the bloated, fully orchestrated hits off of Fort Nightly. Many songs on Frightening are minimalist approaches with simple drums-piano-vocal elements - very Spoon-like - however, that's where the comparison ends. I think the White Rabbits have struck gold on this album, and I look forward to their live show this June at the Crocodile. The arsenal of hits they've amassed on these two albums is enough to entertain all night long. The White Rabbits will commence their North American tour at the end of this month, starting in Cleveland. Check them out in a city near you.

White Rabbits tour dates:

05/30/2009Cleveland, OH, USGrog Shop
05/31/2009Chicago, IL, USDo Division Fest
06/01/2009Newport, KY, USSouthgate House
06/02/2009Washington, DC, USRock N Roll Hotel
06/04/2009Cambridge, MA, USMiddle East
06/05/2009Philadelphia, PA, USJohnny Brendas
06/06/2009Pittsburgh, PA, USBrillobox
06/07/2009Columbus, OH, USThe Summit
06/09/2009Columbia, MO, USMojos
06/10/2009St. Louis, MO, USFirebird
06/11/2009Manchester, TN, USBonnaroo Music Festival
06/14/2009Austin, TX, USEmo's
06/16/2009Tuscon, AZ, USClub Congress
06/17/2009San Deigo, CA, USCasbah
06/18/2009West Hollywood, CA, USTroubadour
06/19/2009Visalia, CA, USCellar Door
06/20/2009San Francisco, CA, USThe Independent
06/22/2009Seattle, WA, US**Crocodile Cafe**
06/23/2009Portland, OR, USDoug Fir
06/24/2009Boise, ID, USNeurolux
06/25/2009Salt Lake City, UT, USUrban Lounge
06/26/2009Denver, CO, USBluebird
06/27/2009Omaha, NE, USSlowdown JR
06/29/2009Minneapolis, MN, US400 Bar
06/30/2009Madison, WI, USHigh Noon Saloon
07/01/2009Chicago, IL, USEmpty Bottle
07/02/2009Pontiac, MI, USPike Room
08/01/2009Jersey City, NJ , USAll Points West