Song of the Day: Pepper Rabbit – None Shall Sleep

Pepper Rabbit

photo by Brittney Bush Bollay

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Each and every Friday we offer songs by local artists. Today’s selection, featured on the Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “None Shall Sleep” by Pepper Rabbit, from their set of 2009 self-released EP Shakes & Clicks on Daq Shaq.

Pepper Rabbit – None Shall Sleep (MP3)

Hailing from Silver Lake, California, Xander Singh and Luc Laurent have created one hell of a songwriting duo. It’s a good thing too; with a relatively long line of good rabbit-named bands in the past year (see White Rabbits/Frightened Rabbit), there was a pretty high bar already set for Pepper Rabbit.  Despite their common names, however, they couldn’t be more different than the other bands who share the rabbit moniker. The band has also drawn some comparisons to bands like Mercury Rev and Atlas Sound, but lo-fi isn’t the hook for these guys; it’s their haunting melodies.

In addition to singing, the band uses just enough technology and live looping to keep their sound fresh, while also enlisting just about every instrument in the book. From trumpets, accordions, banjos, ukulele, and even the piano —  these guys can and do play it all. How would we describe the sound? Avant-garde folk would be a good place to start.

With a well received live act and a great set of self-released EP’s last year (Shakes and Clicks, now available together), Pepper Rabbit is quickly becoming one of the hottest acts of 2010 — be sure to watch for them at SXSW this year!

You can find out more about the band and listen to additional tracks on their MySpace page. You can also find the band on Twitter: @pepper_rabbit Just a week ago, the band played an in-studio performance at KEXP, of which you can view photos and listen on our Live In-Studio Performances page. Also, be sure to check out this video of the band performing “Red Wine”:

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