The Best Songs of the 2010s: Black Rabbit, “Nicky Says”

The Best Songs of the 2010s: "Nicky Says", Black Rabbit  -Country Tracks 11.11.19

“The titular echo of The Velvet Underground’s “Candy Says” here is surely no accident. At times, Black Rabbit sound like they could be playing one of Andy Warhol’s happenings with some sort of trippy light show projected on them. They may have rocked a little too hard for a Factory crowd though; the CBGB stage a few years later might have been the better fit. Sure enough, frontcouple Marc and Darlene Scarano used to play CBGB, sweating on the same stage as The Ramones and Dead Boys once did, albeit several decades later.

They channel that entire sonic lineage, pulling Lou Reed through the Ramones, injecting ’70s punk power chords into the trippier side of ’60s garage-rock. The band’s heavy-rock history doesn’t end at 1979, either; they nod to Josh Homme’s pre-Queens of the Stone Age band Kyuss in this song’s first line. A post-CBGB move to Vermont didn’t dull their edge, and on “Nicky Says” they distilled their many influences into their own classic of punk and garage.”

-Ray Padgett,, 11.11.19


The Best VT Artists at Waking Windows

“Worshipping at the church of CBGB circa 1976, Black Rabbit’s music spans the gamut of the artists who played there: early Ramones to early Blondie. “Nicky Says” sounds like a nod to the Velvet Underground’s “Candy Says,” while “It’s Cold” could be a lost Dead Boys song.”

Black Rabbit 4.5.17

We got a real nice blurb in this article about the best VT artists at this year’s Waking Windows music festival. Our set is Sunday, May 7 at The Monkey House @ 4pm. Don’t miss it! Buy a weekend pass! So much good music happening in Winooski this weekend!!! DO IT.