Pepper Rabbit

Pepper Rabbit released one of our favorite debuts of 2010 and the buzz continues. They just premiered a video for “Harvest Moon” from their LP, Beauregard via Stereogum and made it available as a free download.

Pepper Rabbit – Harvest Moon

Previously posted:

Pepper Rabbit – Older Brother

Pepper Rabbit – Babette!

Video: Pepper Rabbit – Harvest Moon

Upcoming 2011 Tour Dates
1/22 – Harlows – Sacramento, CA*
1/23 – Gundlach Bundschu Winery – Sonoma, CA*
1/25 – WOW Hall – Eugene, OR*
1/26 – Hawthorne – Portland, OR*
1/27 –  Neumos – Seattle, WA*
3/23 – Low Brow – El Paso, TX**
3/24 – The Rhythm Room – Phoenix, AZ**
3/25 – The Casbah – San Diego, CA**
3/27 – Rickshaw Stop – San Francisco, CA**
3/29 – Holocene – Portland, OR**
3/30 – Crocodile Cafe – Seattle, WA**
4/1 – Filling Station – Bozeman, MT**
4/2 – Kilby Court – Salt Lake City, UT**
4/3 – Hi Dive – Denver, CO**

* w/ Ra Ra Riot
**w/ Miniature Tigers

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Pepper Rabbit – Beauregard [Album Review]

by Woody on November 29, 2010

A few months ago Oz posted about the lead track by a little known band called Pepper Rabbit. “Older Brother” is a mesmerizing piece of folk-pop that is at times stark and at other points fully orchestrated. The ukulele purposely moves along as horns and piano dance around it. It is a brilliant piece of songwriting that has been wearing out my repeat button and had me anxiously awaiting the full LP by this duo of Xander Singh and Luc Laurent.

I don’t want to say I was let down when I got the full version of Beauregard – just a little surprised. I expected every tune to suck me in like “Older Brother” and leave me grinning like I was on nitrous. But alas, that didn’t happen. Two things kept pulling me back this album, however:  1) The aforementioned Older Brother and 2) I had the same reaction with label mates Grizzly Bear. I kept going back to Vecktamiest due to the song “Two Weeks” and now I consider that album to be pure genius.

So I repeatedly set off on my journey with Beauregard, anxious to find something connect me to the album. On one of my early listens, I just focused in on Laurent’s percussion. Rarely do I say this about a drummer, but I found his percussion to be very soothing. The stability of his playing was a welcome respite as Singh layered a variety of instruments and looped vocals that kept my head spinning.

Then I was started to delve into the nuances of Pepper Rabbit’s songs. The way the keys that dance up your spine on “Harvest Moon” or the feeling of falling out of control on “In The Spirit of Beauregard.” The way the clarinet just lies beneath the banjo on “Snowalker” giving it a slight boost. Over the course of a few listens, I really began to enjoy the genius of this partnership. Every song seems to feature a different instrument and offer a glimpse of the creativity to come in the future. This is one of the best bands to emerge in 2010.

Pepper Rabbit – Older Brother

Pepper Rabbit – Babette!

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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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L.A. experimental folk duo, Pepper Rabbit, are set to release a new album entitled Beauregard on October 26th via Kanine Records (Surfer Blood, Grizzly Bear). The first track released is the beautifully warm “Older Brother,” an indie-folk-pop song that plucks along with subtle touches of ukulele, keys, horns, and choruses of oooh-ooh-ooh-ooooh’s that create something magical. I’ll be sure to report back after hearing the full LP.

Pepper Rabbit – Older Brother

You can catch them on tour with Cotton Jones:

Tour Dates
9/21 – – Phoenix, AZ – – Rhythm Room
9/22 – – Santa Fe, NM – – Cowgirl Hall of Fame
9/24 – – Denton, TX – – Dan’s Silverleaf+
9/25 – – Austin, TX – – Emo’s+
9/26 – – Houston, TX – – Mango’s+
9/28 – – Baton, Rouge, LA – – Spanish Moon+
9/29 – – Birmingham, AL – – The Bottletree+
9/30 – – Atlanta, GA – – The Earl+
10/1 – – Asheville, NC – – Broadway’s+
10/2 – – Chapel Hill, NC – – Local 506+
10/3 – – Baltimore, MD – – The Ottobar+
10/4 – – Philadelphia, PA – – M Room+
10/6 – – Brooklyn, NY – – Knitting Factory+
10/7 – – Cambridge, MA – – TT The Bear’s Place+
10/8 – – Montreal, QC – – Casa Del Popolo+
10.9 – – Toronto ON – – Drake Hotel +
10/10 – – Detroit, MI – – Majestic Caf©+
10/11 – – Lansing, MI – – Mac’s+
10/13 – – Cleveland, OH – – Beachland Tavern+
10/16 – – Minneapolis, MN – – 400 Bar
10/19 – – Columbus, OH – – Kobo
10/20 – – New York, NY – – CMJ
10/21 – – New York, NY – – CMJ
10/22 – – New York, NY – – CMJ
+w/ Cotton Jones

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