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Nick Simonte

White Rabbits have worked their way to “it band” status — a position their latest album, Milk Famous, will only further cement.

Nearly a decade into their career — one that has taken them from small Midwestern towns to the Big Apple — indie rockers White Rabbits have, figuratively and literally, come a long way. “But in terms of our world opening up, it hasn’t really happened,” singer Stephen Patterson says with a chuckle. “We still pretty much just hang out with each other.”
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That familiarity serves the band well on Milk Famous (TBD Records, $10), the Brooklyn combo’s percussively propelled third LP. The bandmates enlisted Spoon producer Mike McCarthy for the project, decamping to his home base of Austin, Texas, where they rented a house and spent three months living and recording. “We were into the idea of getting away from the distractions of being in Brooklyn,” Patterson says. “It was nice to get back to a bit of a suburban lifestyle. It took us back to where we grew up.”

More importantly, the arrangement spawned a fresh process, with the band capturing new songs as they were being written. “There’s something special about that instant creative energy,” Patterson says, “where you haven’t overthought a song too much.”

Despite having moved up the proverbial rock ranks with each successive album, White Rabbits seem to be free of any typical growing pains. “We do spend a lot of time together,” Patterson admits. “But we all go way back, so it’s not as overwhelming as it might be for some bands.”