LAist Interview: Stephen Patterson of White Rabbits
In honor of Halloween, Patterson seemed to want to scare the hell out of me. He picked up the phone with a, "Hi! I can't talk right now. I'm careening down this tiny mountain road at 80mph. Can I call you back in two minutes?" with the wind rushing over the airwaves and band mates' yelps of terror in the background. Naturally I hung up, and hoped he'd survive. If not, at least it would make a good story. "I was the last journalist to ever speak to Patterson alive," I would say at cocktail parties.
For those of you who don't know, White Rabbits isn't just a rock band from New York City. It's a band of six drummers from New York City. Watching their live show is like having each note pounded into your chest with a sledgehammer... in a good way. At any given time, three or more members are pummeling their instruments with an energy that is both mesmerizing and terrifying. It's impossible to attend a show without finding yourself clapping along, pounding on your chest, jumping up and down, and desperately restraining yourself from drumming on your neighbor's back. Fortunately he called back and we talked about his band spectacular new release It's Frightening, working with Britt Daniels (Spoons) as a producer, our mutual hatred of horror movies, and meeting Atlas Sound in customs.