Most bands don’t start off their career with a perfect album like Fort Nightly. Or follow it up with great records like It’s Frightening and Milk Famous. But with two drummers and three vocalists, White Rabbits aren’t like most bands. The critics agree – come to the show and see if you do too. They have the same label home and publicist as Radiohead….they are good, really good. They joined us for our 5GB series before their show.
What’s the first gig you ever attended?
When I was 13 my older brother, matt, took me to a hardcore show in lawrence, kansas. The headliner was Earth Crisis, a militant vegan/straight-edge band, and Downset, a politically conscious rap-rock group out of LA in the vein of Rage Against the Machine. The music was loud and angry and I crowd surfed for the first and only time in my life, which is very sad. I really should be crowd surfing more.
What is the best gig that you ever played/performed?
That is a surprisingly difficult question to answer. We’ve played too many shows! Opening for Muse at wembley stadium was once-in-a-lifetime event. I’ll pick that one. We all had to wear hard hats during soundcheck. I remember playing a bar chord with my amp cranked before anyone in the audience had shown up. I felt so powerful. All that sound! Anyway, super strange feeling to be in front of 60k people. Kinda like looking out of a fish bowl.
What is the best gig you have ever seen?
Too many good ones to recount! We saw richie hawtin in Berlin a few years ago. We had been on the road in Europe for a few weeks and all of us were feeling more than just little bit out of our minds. After our show we went to this sort of bunker of a venue that seemed like a left over from the cold war. And in this small basement area we watched richie hawtin absolutely kill it for well over an hour. Maybe it was the travel fatigue, maybe it was the drugs, sometimes shows are most captivating and transformative when you feel just slightly outside of yourself. There was a projection of a countdown behind him, super minimal, just descending numbers, but it gave the whole experience a heightened sense of gravity. A countdown to what!?
What would be the lineup for your dream gig?
Probably The Dream opening up for Gary Wright opening for The Mamas and the Papas opening for Aerosmith opening for the Everly Brothers. Keep Dreaming!
See White Rabbits Saturday, Dec. 1st at Black Cat!