hite Rabbits came to New York via the plains if the Mid West, Missouri to be more exact. After years of attending university classes, working in record stores, playing in various bands and finally cultivating their local celebrity as White Rabbits, they packed it in and moved eastward.
Upon arriving in The City, they band promptly moved to a remote and foreboding province of Brooklyn and set up camp in a near warehouse sized loft in which they all lived, ate and practiced in. The close quarters only added to their natural camaraderie and the constant practicing laid the foundations for the close rhythms and arrangements that would become their trademarks.
The band was quickly signed by Say Hey Records, so quickly in fact that it was after their first New York show. There then began a months long process of arranging, production and recording with the cooperation of Chris Zane (Les Savy Fav / Calla / Asobi Seksu) which culminated in their debut, “Fort Nightly”.
Almost immediately “Fort Nightly” garnered critical and fan acclaim with high marks from indie king makers Pitchfork and the NME, and no one took exception to the comparisons to The Specials, The Squeeze or The Band.
The recent few months have been a whirlwind of tours and shows that have seen the Rabbits criss-cross the United States two times over and sharing bills with bands like, The Walkmen, Tokyo Police Club, Kaiser Chiefs, The Cribs, Peter Bjorn and John, a stage at Lollapalooza and many others. The constant playing has solidified the band’s reputation as an incendiary live act due to their sheer energy of performance, 2 drummer rhythmic attack and 3 part harmonies. They are the very definition of group sounds.
The band also made a quick trip across the pond to play a slew of shows in London as well as a mud-soaked stage at Glastonbury, and a radio session with Dermot O’leary on BBC2. However, the highlight of the year came in July when the band performed “The Plot” on The Late Show with David Letterman.
White Rabbits have succeeded in realizing a tremendously vibrant and creative debut record with “Fort Nightly”. They communicate joy without being cloying or saccharine sweet, and the listeners could easily find themselves clapping along to any one of the darker moments. White Rabbits combine style and panache, both musically and sartorially, for a thoroughly fresh and unexpected experience.