“Who are these kids?” an impressed friend whispered as the band seamlessly transitioned from the sinister-sounding “Kid on My Shoulders”—reminiscent of both Interpol and early Walkmen—to lighter but no-less-rocking fare. The band’s current single, “The Plot,” sounded even better live, thanks to the energy of the band’s members, who intermittently switched instruments and at one point incorporated an impromptu drum solo. How refreshing to come across a band whose members look like they actually enjoy each other’s company.
Picking favorites between Patterson and Gregory Thomas, who does double duty with guitar and vocals, is hard: In addition to their boyish good looks and stylish, if somewhat contrived, wardrobe, both singers share pleasantly strong voices. Less difficult is predicting the bright future ahead for the band, which—save for the occasional booze-swigging pause—played a tight, frenetic show that left the audience hungry for more.
You can listen to more of the White Rabbits at their Myspace page.