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White Rabbits: Frighteningly Good!

Lyndsey Parker
The New Now

Much like Seattle in the '90s, the borough of Brooklyn is getting all the music buzz these days, thanks to bands as disparate as MGMT, A Place To Bury Strangers, Yeasayer, and TV On The Radio. White Rabbits--who in 2007 issued their critically heralded Fort Nightly debut, and this year garnered even more attention with their frighteningly good sophomore effort It's Frightening, produced by Britt Daniel of Spoon--are one of the latest bands to make that elite Brooklynite list. But their widescreen sound definitely has a wide appeal way beyond the city limits of Williamsburg.

An unusually configured sextet featuring two frontmen (Greg Roberts and Stephen Patterson, interviewed below) and two drummers (a rock phenomenon rarely witnessed since the heyday of Adam & The Ants), White Rabbits stand apart from the indie-rock pack with their big, hooky, piano-driven sound. Their propulsive single "Percussion Gun" is already shooting up the alt-rock radio charts, no pun intended, and every other song on It's Frightening seems ready-made for sleeper film soundtracks, iPod commercials, Grey's Anatomy finales, and any other forum of tastemaker world-domination where great music is heard:

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However, as evidenced by the following interview with three-sixths of the Rabbits, world domination and building a "buzz" are not the band's main goals. They just want to keep on making great music, organically (even their collaboration with Britt Daniel was an "accident," of sorts--more info on that below). Obviously, White Rabbits are doing something right:

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