By: Sheena Lyonnais
May 2, 2010
There are few bands I’ve romanticized in recent history more so than White Rabbits. The Brooklyn, New York based six-piece have an extremely energy-driven, sometimes haunting tension about them, a presence that is illuminated by the booming sounds created by having both a drummer and a percussionist. There was a lot of premeditated hype in my mind, but they surely did not disappoint.
Toronto’s Rival Boys paved the way for the night with their handsome minimalistic indie rock sounds heightened by the sound of Lee Rose’s lovely vocals. They have at times the sweetness of a lost artist that they quickly convert into a highly enthusiastic performance beyond the sounds expected from a trio. While I thoroughly enjoyed them, the anticipation for White Rabbits was no secret throughout the venue.
The thing about White Rabbits is they know how to work together, whether it’s when playing softer tracks like the amorous “Company I Keep” or the amped up intensity of tracks like “Percussion Gun,” they never lose their spirit, in fact, they refreshingly play off of each other and build their performance based around this chemistry. It makes for an enigmatic, unforgettable show that promises greater things. This is not a band to miss.