On the Scene: White Rabbits at the Beacon Theater

White_lThe Kaiser Chief’s recent cancellation of their U.S. tour has left their opening act White Rabbits (pictured, at the recent Lollapalooza) with a lot of unspent energy. This certainly explains their performance at a sold-out show at Manhattan’s Beacon Theater last Saturday, in which their urgent, unbridled enthusiasm all but upstaged the headliners. (Norwegian jumpsuiters Datarock also gave a high-octane, if under-appreciated, performance).

The six lads mostly played tracks from their debut album Fort Nightly. The second song from their set, "Kid on My Shoulders," rocked the Beacon like a shipwrecked liner at sea, anchored by the band’s two — and, sometimes, three — drummers. Pianist and vocalist Steve Patterson plunked away on a slightly out-of-tune piano, sounding sinister while seesawing favorites like "Navy Yard" and "The Plot" to a dissonant chorus that reached deafening, timbre-busting highs. The audience — at least, the girls to my right, who mouthed along to their every word — ate up every dark, calypso-tinged hook. Suddenly the 2,600-seat theater — which guitarist/vocalist Greg Roberts compared to “a massive swimming pool” — seemed hardly big enough to contain the richness of sound pouring from the stage.

That’s troubling, considering the Missouri-raised boys all live and practice with each other in their Bushwick, Brooklyn loft. (Love those guys, but wouldn’t want to be their neighbors!) A new album will "definitely come out in a few months," the twenty-somethings told me backstage after the show. They looked tired, cramped together in a room without enough chairs, but appeared to be pretty used to it. "It’s a natural progression. We learned how to play the songs together, then a sound developed live." If Saturday’s performance is any indication of where this buzz-band is going, I’m guessing that it’ll be very, very good.

With the 2007 CMJ Music Festival (where the Rabbits debuted last year) hitting New York in two weeks, what bands will you be looking forward to hearing and telling your friends about?

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  • mister

    cmj festival has gotten worse and worse every year…too popular

  • Elizabeth

    The hr lady in my office’s daughter dates the drummer. . .or something like that. I’ve never heard their music, but Fort Night is like the junior high cotillion around here (in St. Louis) so that makes me laugh.

  • Wolfwood

    Those kids use to live next door to me in Bushwick. I’ve always thought they rocked hard and I don’ think CMJ sucks at all.

  • Lady J Hoppkins

    DATAROCK KILLS ALL

  • Murderface

    I really like this band but I don’t think there as good as Dethklok. Like the White rabbits would be chased down a hole by a Dethklok tractor like in that old movie watership down. Anybody remember that movie? It always made me think of dead leaves.

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