Live Review
WHITE RABBITS AT STUBB’S BBQ
White Rabbits
Stubb's BBQ
Austin, Texas
28/10/10

Yeah, White Rabbits sound a bit like Spoon. They’re past the point of pretending that that comparison is mute (Britt Daniel did produce their latest record) but even live it’s clear who their heroes are. And, like Spoon, White Rabbits’ live show is built out of mechanics, layering countless riffs into a sheer engine of musical force. The crowd that gather to the Stubb’s stage in early dusk is mainly kicking around until headliners Interpol are set to go, but even the most disinterested loosened their hips for the band’s rubbery bounce, trade-off verses and jittery choruses. They’re a great opening band, warming up the audience nicely without blowing the other acts off the stage. You know, just like Spoon.

Will they ever hit that level of indie ubiquity? Possibly, with a creative spike and a few lucky breaks, but White Rabbits are at least making the right moves on stage – dominating a quick set with an upbeat-or-die policy, making sure the crowd will be telling friends about ‘that opening band’ the following morning. There’s no reason they shouldn’t be headlining a venue like Stubb’s, and with a few more tours like this they probably soon will be.

Luke Winkie

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Originally published in issue 23 (vol 3) of Loud And Quiet. November 2010