Release date: May 31, 2011
Even though this group of rockers has been around since 2002, these four boys from Tennessee have really made a name for themselves with their sophomore album White Rabbit. For many listeners, this is the debut album for Egypt Central, as it seems to have catapulted them to stereos and iPods everywhere.
From the first song, “Ghost Town”, John Falls sings that he will “cut out the broken hearts down Union Avenue” and “let the streets run red with [his] revenge,” alluding to the popular street in their hometown of Memphis, Tennessee. This song almost seems like a warning to those in the industry that will try to rip the band away from their roots. It is saying that they will never forget where they come from and refuse to let all the hype of being a known band effect who they really are.
“White Rabbit” is the second track and the first single. It is also the album namesake. Despite this song referencing the all too popular Lewis Carroll novel Alice in Wonderland, Joey Chicago, the bassist, said in a recent interview with AMP Magazine that it was how they “had been put into a different world. These characters had showed up in our lives, and everyone had built this image of this world around us that was supposed to be one way, and we came to discover it was the exact opposite.” So the metaphor to the story works out well in the end.
Next up is “Goodnight” and, though it seems to begin like a soft lullaby, you will soon see it is anything but. The feeling is clear in Falls’ voice that sleep is the only way he can escape this pain of the loss of a loved one. However, there is a glimpse of that ray of light at the end that is still attainable. It is an easily relatable song that is sure to catch the attention of many a listener.
With a title like “Kick Ass”, it leads one to believe that this song is, well… going to kick ass. It delivers. From the beginning, Jeff James’ lead guitar chugs and remains throughout. An anthem to “stand up, get your hands up” gets you “ready to kick ass” and is a great song to get you pumped up and ready to go. James even brings a kick ass solo after the heavy breakdown followed by plenty of layered “kick ass”es by the boys. It is overall a kick ass song and if I’m using that phrase a lot, it’s because it does kick ass.
“The Drug (Part 1)” hits the ground running. This fast-paced song is reminiscent of the fast, dangerous lifestyle that drugs may lead to. Blake Allison’s rapid-fire drumming gets your heart-rate pumping and your adrenaline going. This song is also the first of a two part tale that ends a couple of songs later with “Enemy Inside (Part 2)”.
“Enemy Inside” is the ending of the story that “The Drug” began. This song discusses such strong topics as cutting, drugs, murder, and about finding yourself once again after all these speed bumps in your life. The song is meant to help people become stronger and sends the message that you control your own destiny and you do not have to be your own enemy.
“Blame is a dangerous game to play” is the mantra of the following track, “Blame” and it sends a positive message to not let people walk all over you. The overlapping vocals of the pre-chorus sound like two bickering opinions literally playing the blame game. Even James’ guitar solo seems to be bickering back and forth with itself, adding to the theme of the song.
“Dying to Leave” is next, when we definitely want Egypt Central to stay. This song conveys Falls’ emotion to “don’t leave me hanging” and speaks about dragging out a relationship that you may be thinking of ending. Just get it over with, but play the next song. This song is short and to the point, like the ending of the relationship should be.
The final song is titled “Backfire” and definitely hits you with recoil. The song begins slowly with acoustic guitar by James and soft vocals from Falls with the occasional bongo addition from Allison. “Backfire” is definitely a track that showcases the vocal talents of John Falls. It is almost as if they are playing an acoustic performance; which is known to show-off the talents of the singer. Falls’ vocal range is explored and may catch you off guard. About 2/3 of the way through the song, the full drum set and the electric guitar comes in, but then quickly fades back out into the acoustic bongo session previously established. This track will definitely catch people by surprise after hearing the previous 11 hard-hitting rock songs. It is a great way to end the record and leave you wanting to go back to track one and follow the guys down the rabbit hole all over again.
Essentially, this album kicks ass, and that is not referencing the song. It really is a great piece of art and I have a feeling both hard rock fans and alternative rock fans alike will all agree that White Rabbit is a CD you will want to play over and over again.