WORDS BY EMILIO WEBER, AVA THORTON, and NATE KRIEGER
This is the Method Magazine band profile. We are three first-year students with a curiosity in the Wesleyan music scene, and we’re working on profiling as many campus bands as we can locate. Think of our profiles as more like an intro into the band’s psyche than a Rolling Stone esque interview. If you are in a band or know of one we can contact feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The first band we are profiling is Phatrabbit. They're fresh off releasing their first full length album – self-titled – which can be streamed and bought here. Phatrabbit consists of Josh Bloom, Will Dudek, Andrew Rock, and Eli Spector, four seniors from Brooklyn, Montclair, New Jersey, Manhattan, and Northampton, MA, respectively. They started playing together in the spring of their freshman year after Will, Andrew and Eli lived together in the WestCo triple, as they called it, though there are multiple triples now apparently.
When asked to describe their sound in two words they said “honest pop”, “pill chill”, and “xanny rap.” Though we could also note that the band plays an indie rock variety comparable to Frankie Cosmos.
As a college band they realize that they don’t really have enough material for full shows with just their music. “We covered Stacy’s Mom at the music house concert, that was a lot of fun,” drummer and vocalist Eli Spector said, “And I really want to cover No Waves by FIDLAR.” Guitarist and vocalist Josh Bloom said, “We played Mr. Brightside once, that was really popular.”
After the get-to-know you questions, we asked some more revealing ones. When asked what kind of pasta they would be the band was staunchly divided. Will Dudek removed himself from the conversation, “Pasta is a processed carb and I don’t eat those,” the bassist said. Meanwhile Eli and Josh were split between being Kraft Star Wars mac and cheese and Spongebob Kraft.
An easier answer was that they would add Animal the drummer if they could add any Muppet to the band.
A couple of weird things have happened to the band over the last few months. Josh explained, “We just put out an album – and then we received a message on Facebook from one Caleb Ralsten who none of us knew and who was from the state of Wasnington. He was like, ‘Really cool music, sick I really like it. I’m an aspiring videographer and I make videos for these two companies’ He linked us to their Instagram’s and these Instagram’s are high end startup cannabis lifestyle projects.” He asked if he could use the band's songs in some of his videos, and they accepted.
“Hopefully our songs will be featured in hip cannabis lifestyle Instagram videos in the state of Washington – for like hybrid kush – the accounts are like college kids out in a field with a beautifully rolled joint in beautiful Washington.” Method looks forward to seeing the results.
Phatrabbit is also looking forward to playing a secret society show at Yale, “So we might be playing for rich kids in masks.” The band was very excited about the prospect of playing for the next “tastemakers” as Eli called them.
Eli, Andrew, Josh and Will are still focusing on making a name for themselves locally, playing shows at Music House and traveling to Skidmore to play a show. Although with an active history of playing at Wesleyan since their freshman year, this shouldn’t be a problem. Look forward to the two other full length albums they plan to release over the course of the year.