Welsh Rabbit
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Apr
21
Welsh Rabbit @ 15th Street Pub

Vancouver, Washington, USA

Vancouver, Washington, USA

Mar
18
Welsh Rabbit @ White Eagle

Portland, Oregon, USA

Portland, Oregon, USA

Feb
10
Welsh Rabbit @ White Eagle

Portland, Oregon, USA

Portland, Oregon, USA

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Welsh Rabbit's clean and simple beats, juxtaposed with the hypnotic voice of Nick Levine, give this band a quixotic charm unique to the indie-pop world. The Portland-based band debuted in 2003 with the timely Forward Motion, and have since returned to the studio twice. These busy bees are now embarking on a 2006 tour that will hopefully spread their catchy yet sulky, lulling and sweet tunes to new ears. LAURA MULRY. [Willamette Week; January 25, 2006]
- Willamette Week


"Welsh Rabbit is the work of enterprising Eugene-to-Portland transplants Kyle Chilla and Nick Levine. Their wide-eyed pop is boosted by Levine's guitar work, which comes across as strong and a bit mournful, like an endearingly lo-fi take on the Cars." - The Oregonian


"Zippity, nimble pop that veers between gentle and robotic, like if the Poster Children were any good. "Mai Tai" was neither gentle nor robotic but a nice, tense mid-tempo song (sorta like Versus). The label logo looks a lot like the Elephant 6 one and the band is from S.E. Portland so you know they're good!" - Dagger (#34)


(review for Forward Motion)

The guitars are at times thunderous, at others fuzzy and distorted, creating the much approved indie rock loud/soft dynamic. There's also a sense of nostalgia created by the vocal delivery which at times takes on a New your glam sound that fits with the fuzz and thrum of the music in an appealing way...

Even after numerous listens, my heart is still held by "Breakup #2". It's the simplest track of the seven songs on the release, and could probably best be described as straight ahead emo. But there's the undercurrent of the Yamaha CS-X1 adding a thready but robust sound and the jangle of the guitar mixed with the real emotion and raw appeal of the vocals gets me every time.

If you like indie music with lo-fi appeal along with a glam rock induced edge and plenty of jangle, this EP will probably bring you as much listening pleasure as it did me.

- South of Mainstream (.com)


Any band that does "sha la la" background harmonies is all right with me! "Float Away" is really gorgeous..."Do You Want to Dance," sounds like the Soft Boys meets U2. That's a compliment! Love that thereminy sound on "Tonight." Nice discordant piano stabs on "My Summer Girl," adds a bit of spice and makes me giggle. "West 11th" is almost too good...I'm totally hooked & look forward to more! Hurry! - Anglepoise


"Wanna get ecstatic?...watch some friendly, experimental powerpop and say, 'suck it' to the music business.
Try it: 'SUCK IT'."

Adam Gnade
Portland Mercury April 4, 2006
- Portland Mercury


Discography

Don Quixote vs. Sancho Panza (CD; released 11/07)
Forward Motion (CD; released 06/03)
West 11th Love Letter (CD; released 04/00)

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Bio

This Portland, OR band first released "West 11th Love Letter" in 2000 shortly after relocating from Eugene, OR. After a breif hiatus and a significant line-up change the group emerged in the fall of 2002 as a three-peice.

Original members/songwriters Nick Levine (guitars/keyboards/vox) and Kyle Chilla (bass/baritone/vox) along with Oregon-from-Florida transplant Jordan Selman (drums) then recorded "Forward Motion" and released it summer of 2003, to rave reviews.

In the fall of 2004 the group returned back to the studio to team up once again with longtime friend/producer Sean Bartley (Think Airbag, King of Spain).

In April 2006 the 14 track follow-up to "Foward Motion" was made available in limited release. During the same month, the group completed a week-long tour of the west coast.

Incidently, Welsh Rabbit has played at least fifty shows in the last two years with dozens of your favorite bands including: Look Mexico (lujo), Desert City Soundtrack (deep elm), Fin Fang Foom (lovitt), Woke Up Falling (post 436), Antlerand, Mother's Anger (dionysus) and Y.O.B (metal blade)

TESTIMONIALS...

"Following a couple of power-pop EPs, Welsh Rabbit has released a full-length, the first-rate Don Quixote vs. Sancho Panza, with co-frontmen Nick Levine and Kyle Chilla taking equal, distinctive shares. (The title alludes to the dueling songwriters, but as far as who is which, the band's not saying.) Quixote launches with a motorik hum before embarking on a wide-spanning survey of Brit-rock, bouncing assuredly from Kinkdom to Bowieglam to Smiths romanticism. It's the fruit of over two years' worth of assembled recordings done with Think Airbag's Sean Bartley at his Powell House Studios. Tonight, they celebrate the album's release as part of an In Music We Trust showcase."
NED LANNAMANN
Portland Mercury; November 22, 2007

"Wanna get ecstatic?...watch some friendly, experimental powerpop and say, 'suck it' to the music business. Try it: 'SUCK IT'."
Adam Gnade
Portland Mercury April 4, 2006

"Welsh Rabbit's clean and simple beats, juxtaposed with the hypnotic voice of Nick Levine, give this band a quixotic charm unique to the indie-pop world. The Portland-based band debuted in 2003 with the timely Forward Motion, and have since returned to the studio twice. These busy bees are now embarking on a 2006 tour that will hopefully spread their catchy yet sulky, lulling and sweet tunes to new ears."
LAURA MULRY.
Willamette Week January 25, 2006

"Youthful pop with new-wave melodicism and guitar work."
The Oregonian June 27, 2003

"Musically this is an intriguing mixture of indie/lo-fi guitar and bass sound, with moments of heavier guitar jangle, sprinkled with the mastery of a live drummer, Jordan Selman, and carefully crafted keyed electronic elements provided by various backing artists. Mix them all together and you get a listen full of interesting noise, plenty of heavy atmosphere and memorable hooks and vocal melodies....."
South of Mainstream (.com) December 2003

"Zippity, nimble pop that veers between gentle and robotic, like if the Poster Children were any good..." Dagger #34 (spring '04)

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