Since the release of their genre hopping album, It's Frightening, White Rabbits have gone from corner to corner of our fine floating world and have smashed many ear drums in the process. We caught up with Matt Clark to talk business. Firstly, how are you and can you introduce yourself to our readers? Hey, I'm Matt. I'm at a good point in my life and in decent health. I play musical instuments in the band group "white rabbits". How did White Rabbits come about and what does the name mean? We were looking for a name that didn't mean anything actually. Band names are a strange beast and most of the time end up sounding bad after it's to late to do anything about it. At least we [White Rabbits] don't have some long story that we have to repeat over and over. Or even worse... a really long dumb name. The setup within the band is pretty interesting, especially the approach to having two singers. What made you decide upon that setup? Was it a natural thing? It was natural. Stephen sang backup vocals when he played drums in the band. And when Stephen and I switched instruments after we moved to NY he had the oppourtunity to sing with Greg more. So the two of them could sing harmonies more often and have the option to swap vocals if the need arise.
Musically speaking you write pop songs but you can definitely hear a lot of varied styles seeping through. Who, or what, influences the music you make? We definitely try to pull from our own experiences when writing and most of the time there is music in the background during your daily run around whether you are having a good or bad day,and those are the things that get us going. We still have a fun time watching bands and if they are great (which rarely happens) you can learn something. Also knowing what you don't like is he quickest way to find out what you like. Last year you released 'It's Frightening' in the States (25th Jan in the UK). Almost a year on from the US release, how do you feel about it? Are you proud with what you've created? Yeah. It was the album we wanted to make with the people we wanted to make it with. We all had a great time making it and most importantly it was us at that time. Are you currently writing a follow up album? If so, how's it shaping up? We are trying to get work done on and off the road, but it's definitely a challenge on the road. We would like to put something out next year. We will see how that goes.
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Your touring schedule has been pretty manic for a long time now. What's the touring process like for you? Do you enjoy it? I've learned a lot since the first. That's a fact, Jack. Playing shows is the shit. That's why people put up with being in a van all day to play for an hour or less. Starting out is rough but if you take care of yourself and don't let to much bullshit get to you will be fine. So I suppose I like it more now. Lastly, what does the rest of 2010 have in store for you? Most likely we will be locked in a basement (Beat Kitchen) "cooking" up some "omelettes" (music).
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13 May - Brighton Great Escape, Coalition 14 May - Bristol, Cooler - £8 15 May - Manchester, Night & Day - £8 16 May - Glasgow, Stereo - £8 19 May - London, Relentless Garage - £10 Tickets can be purchased from http://www.artistticket.com/link/?s=white+rabbits http://www.myspace.com/whiterabbits Header image by Andrew Droz Palermo