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Review: White Rabbits, Gull

Photo by Alexis Getscher

It is not often that  I am left speechless because of a show, but last night it happened.

What is there to say when the musicians deliver what was expected and the show was worth your Friday night and the money in your wallet?

Photo by Alexis Getscher

A show in which the opener, who you are unfamiliar with, gives you something you want to get familiar with.

You know how silly you look with your eyes wide and mouth open, but you can’t look away and every time you try to pull yourself together, the artist adds something else.

Gull is a one-man band and before you say that one is the loneliest number, know that he is not without. Not without a drummer (that’s him), a guitarist (that’s him) or vocals (that’s him, too). With one hand on his guitar, the other holding a drumstick and his microphone hidden in his mask, he played. He played hard.

When he sat up from the drums, he played guitar and sang, looping his music to accommodate for his oneness. To answer the question I posed in my concert notes: Is it weird that I think this guy is awesome? No, it’s not because Gull is awesome, for lack of a better descriptor. He has stage presence and talent, so says his post-rock music that is lined with wailing and dolphinesque chirping, and outlined with head flicking and mask revealing. There was more anticipation to see his unmasked face than his bare chest, but I digress.

Gull is fantastic.

Photo by Alexis Getscher

The modest-sized audience that witnessed Gull had increased to a full-size crowd when White Rabbits took to the stage. They began with “Heavy Metal,” the opening track on their new album Milk Famous. As to be expected, their set list was dominated by tracks from the new release, and the crowd loved it.

For Nightly’s “While We Go Dancing” and It’s Frightening’s “Percussion Gun” created a shift in the mood. It is obvious that fans appreciate the band’s new works, but the older tracks awaken the concertgoers in a different way. They danced and sang along with gusto.

The Brooklyn-based band has a solid discography and promising live set. There’s a lot to see when six members are on stage, especially when many of those musicians are multi-instrumentalists.

Ending on the high note of “Percussion Gun,” the band left the stage only to return a few minutes later with the audience-requested encore. Two more songs and they were gone for real this time. As fleeting as their performance felt, it was generous, high energy and most importantly, fun.

The band that formed in Missouri in 2004 and made its first release in 2007 is finally getting the attention it deserves.

 

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