By Michel Dussack
On April12th, White Rabbits delivered an incredible 80 minute performance to a comfortably filled Webster Hall. In a way, it was a homecoming show for the Brooklyn based band originally from Missouri. White Rabbits are one of those hardworking bands who never stop, theyâ€™re constantly recording and touring, and so it was only a matter of time after their third album â€˜Milk Famousâ€™ was released before they stopped back into NYC for a show.
As typical for a White Rabbits show, the venue was filled with massive amounts of drumming, thanks in large part to a dedicated drummer Jamie Levinson and Matthew Clark who performs additional drumming for the band when needed. The real story here though, is Stephen Patterson, who sings, plays piano, guitar and occasionally some percussion all while commanding the audienceâ€™s attention. While half of their set was made up of material from the aforementioned â€˜Milk Famousâ€, it was the other half that was the noteworthy part of their set.
Thatâ€™s not to say that the new material was bad, in fact, one of the better tracks of the night was the newer song â€˜Iâ€™m Not Meâ€™, however it was the previous two albums that the audience seemed more familiar with. When â€˜The Salesman (Tramp Life)â€™ was played early on in the set, it seemed a high bar to top, however â€˜Rudie Fallsâ€™ came close. When it came time to say goodbye to the crowd, the frenetic and energetic drumming of â€˜Percussion Gunâ€™ started and echoed throughout the entire venue.
A two song encore containing â€˜Danny Come Insideâ€™ and â€˜Kid On My Shouldersâ€™ followed up. Stephen thanked the crowd one last time (banter was sparse from the band on this night) and just like that, the band slipped off stage for good. I can safely say that if they keep making albums as good as their first three, this will be one of those shows that marks the end of White Rabbits as a smaller indie band, as theyâ€™ll easily be playing Terminal 5 on the next tour.
All photos courtesy of Michel Dussack