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White Rabbits' guitarist Alex Even talks with Philly2Philly.com


Indie rockers White Rabbits will be rocking out at Upper Darby's Tower Theater on Thursday,Alex Even of "white Rabbits." Photo: www.gibson.com/.../Performance-at-Bonnaroo-616/ November 4th.  The band is opening for Interpol, and Philly2Philly's own Brian Lynch recently talked with 'Rabbits' guitarist Alex Even.

Brian Lynch: You guys just did a gig at Wembley Stadium opening for Muse; is that like a rock dream come true for you guys, or what?

Alex Even: Hahah. Yeah, in some respects, sure, playing a venue that size was pretty… pretty intimidating. It was a lot of fun.

When we were sound-checking, it sort of hit me that we were going to be playing to a lot of people.

B: Do you know how many people showed up for it?

A: I think it was about two million. Maybe… give or take a couple million.

B: That’s still phenomenal. Must’ve been a blast.

A: Yeah. The guys in Muse were very nice. They were gentlemanly.

B: To wit, I saw the picture online that they sent you a couple bottles of champagne, with a thank-you card. http://twitpic.com/2n3epg

A: Yes. That was very nice of them. We got very drunk on that champagne,

B: And rightfully so!

A: So thank you, Muse.

B: Big ups to Muse for that. The other thing is that you all have a new album that you’re working on, and I was wondering if you could tell me anything about that, or whether you were sworn to secrecy. In which case, cryptic hints would be nice.

A: We’re sort of in the middle of the writing stage, We probably have about six or seven songs in various stages of completion, and we’re touring with Interpol playing mostly new material.

B: Excellent. I’m looking forward to it. I also know you’ve got that Austin City Limits show coming up. That should be nice.

A: Yeah, it’ll be pretty great. We’re actually going to spend a little time in Austin writing as well, and working on that stuff.

B: So you’re looking to be inspired by the area and such?

A: Nah… but sometimes, it helps to get away from the distractions of the big city.

B: Can’t agree more. So you’re going to grab everybody, lock them up in a few hotel rooms, and tell them, “don’t come out until you’ve written at least two songs!”

A: Yes. It’s going to be a boot camp of epic proportions.

B: Aside from that, what’re you looking forward to in the next few months, aside from touring with Interpol  and writing?

A: I’m excited for autumn. But I’m really excited about writing the new record. I think that’s where all of our heads are right now. It’s going to be fun to be playing the new songs for people, and when we get back, we’re going to write some more, and start recording the record.

B: Excellent.

A: Yeah, good times.

B: Compared to the last couple of albums, where do you think you’re drawing your inspiration from for this one?

A: I think it might be a little too early to tell right now, but it’s not all too dissimilar from the last record. But I think it’ll be a more optimistic record, perhaps.

B: Optimistic is good. A lot of people need optimism these days, so I’m definitely hoping you guys can bring that.

A: We’re going to single-handedly revive the American Economy. (laughs)

B: In terms of Philly, what’re you looking forward to when you get back in town?

A: Well, it’ll be interesting, because I think this’ll be our first time not playing Johnny Brenda’s, so it’ll be fun to see another venue. Other than that, I don’t know – Philly’s always fun. I mean, you guys are the Fifth Borough, right?

B: Something like that. We’re looking forward to seeing the White Rabbits in town, so go kick some ass with the writing, and I’ll see you at the show.

A: Yeah. See you at the show. November 4th, ladies and gents.

Tickets are still available for Interpol with White Rabbits and Dave P. on Thursday, November 4th at the Tower Theatre.

Contact Brian Lynch at blynch@philly2philly.com