REVIEW: White Rabbits @ Middle East, Cambridge, MA – 6/4/09

Somehow the weekend got away from me (partially due to the stellar PJ Harvey & John Parish show – review coming soon), so better late than never, my review of the White Rabbits show at Middle East last Thursday: the band took the stage downstairs shortly after 11:30, launching into “Rudie Fails.” For those not familiar with the band, White Rabbits are armed with a small artillery of instrumentation, heavy on the percussion: 2 drummers, 3 guitarists and 2 keyboards.

The band ripped through most of It’s Frightening in less than an hour with tight execution. Lead singer Stephen Patterson seated at the piano for the entire main set, except for “Company I Keep,” another highlight from the album.  The clamoring rhythm and pounding piano at the forefront of many songs definitely brought to mind Radiohead at many times throughout the set, most apparent on perhaps the best performance of the night, “Lionesse.” The band closed the main set with an explosive performance of “Percussion Gun,” on par with their recent Letterman appearance. For those of you not in Boston, head over to http://www.itsfrightening.com to find tour dates in your area.