Pepper Rabbit Live at The Knitting Factory, NYC [Concert Review]

by Woody on October 8, 2010

Pepper Rabbit opened up for Cotton Jones at the Knitting Factory this past Wednesday evening and provided the flanneled-hipster crowd with a rollicking set of folky psych-rock.

Reminiscent of Damien Albarn, Daniel Rossen and Stuart McLamb, Xander Singh successfully manages to meld instruments (clarinet, ukelele, keys, guitar) with electronic loops and catchy vocals. His partner in crime, Luc Laurent, keeps it all together on the drums while adding occasional backing vocals, and a new bass player adds a nice dimension to round out the lower registry.

The boys ran through material off their upcoming debut, Beauregard. The highlights were “Harvest Moon,” “Red Wine” and “Older Brother.”

It’s pretty damn exciting to ponder Pepper Rabbit’s potential. They’re young, ambitious and talented, and once they iron out a few kinks (out of tune guitars, vocal levels, etc.) and start playing in front of larger crowds, their live show will be seriously awesome. With the release of their much anticipated debut album (October 26) and a national tour in the works, it’ll surely be an interesting year for these sprightly gentlemen.

Brief background from Kanine Records:

“Pepper Rabbit formed when the bands principal songwriter, Xander Singh, was recording what was to be a solo album in New Orleans. Eventually, he recognized in his friend, Luc Laurent, an excellent drummer and musical companion. The two joined forces and named themselves Pepper Rabbit, playing scattered shows in New Orleans and at such events like the Pop Montreal Music Festival. Live, the band rely on samplers, loopers and their raw talent to create a soundscape that is meant to transport the audience to whatever psychedelic realm the band deem fitting.”

Pepper Rabbit – Older Brother

Live Video: Pepper Rabbit – Older Brother (Live at The Knitting Factory)

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