You might have heard a bit of a Radiohead influence in that song as well. Thom Yorke and company did go a bit Burundi in its performance of "15 Step" with the USC Marching Band at the Grammy Awards earlier this year. Aside from the vocal and percussion similarities, White Rabbit does have something else in common with Radiohead. Both acts released their latest efforts through TBD Records. But unlike Radiohead, White Rabbits aren't British. Rather, they're yet another great new act that's emerged from the fertile Brooklyn, New York scene, although the sextet originally hails from Columbia, Missouri. In fact, the band actually formed while members of the band were studying at the University of Missouri and singer/pianist Stephen Patterson and singer/guitarist Greg Roberts worked together at a local record store. Here's a look back at the video clip for "The Plot" from Fort Nightly, the band's 2007 debut.
Like the '80s lineup of Adam & the Ants, White Rabbits includes two drummers in Matthew Clark and Jamie Levinson. The '80s Burundi drum style isn't the only influence from the past. White Rabbits are also big fans of the recently reunited Specials and Squeeze and appear to have come up with an answer song to the Clash's "Rudie Can't Fail" with their own "Rudie Fails." Check it out below.Spoon frontman Britt Daniels. "[His] biggest contribution, for me, was just giving us confidence in the material," Patterson told the Illinois Entertainer. "Early on, when we were writing, it means a lot getting a stamp of approval from that guy. We've all been fans of his music for a while. We wrote faster, we wrote better songs because of it." With Its Frightening, Patterson and the rest of the White Rabbits have proved that statement in the grooves.
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