May 24, 2007

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White Rabbits, Fort Nightly
Say Hey Records, 2007

Sixth-or-so listenís the charm with this not-unremarkable attempt at Beatles-alt, or perhaps my mood lightened up from a particularly stupid day ó these Rabbits were this close to being skinned alive. Originally from the Midwest, White Rabbits have taken the Bowery Ballroom blogosphere by storm (Pitchfork to follow, guaranteed; their early blurbs employ a suspicious amount of fluffy adjectives), thus at a bare minimum their reservation at the table of Bands Who Came To New York And Made A Brief Splash At Bowery Ballroom And Then Toured And Then Broke Up And Then One Guy Ended Up In Some Band The Size Of Versus is guaranteed. Meantime, their efforts to blend nu-mod, competition-level Arthur Murray dance rhythms and mid-í70s Paul McCartney and make like itís normal are to be admired. The vocal lines and lyrical repetition often get to sounding important, but itís more likely that you forgot to shut off the coffee pot. B- ó Eric W. Saeger