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


Recent Press for Red Flannel Hash

Black Rabbit - Red Flannel Hash

  • “Black Rabbit’s Red Flannel Hash is a rare punk record that succeeds as much on gnashing attitude as it does with wit, melody and musicality.” -Dan Bolles, Seven Days
  • “I haven’t heard anything this raw in ages. Amazing stuff. 5/5.” –WRUV 90.1 FM
  • “One of the best Vermont punk records in recent years.” -Seven Days
  • “Roaring American Rockers Who Jolt Out A Punk/Garage Rock Voltage. This is huge ‘now’ rock n’ roll with a vibrant and high-flying NYC punk rock charge.” -Forkster
  • “Rockin’, poppy and punky with a sense of humor. Super fun.” -Jedd Kettler
  • “Red Flannel Hash, the latest record from Burlington, VT’s Black Rabbit, is bursting at the seams with enough hard, fast guitar riffs to keep your head bouncing for weeks.” –The Deli

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