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On Sunday evening the Scottish brethren in Frightened Rabbit consumed the stage at the Electric Factory. Having previously played at a sold out show at the smaller Union Transfer back in February, the 3,000 capacity venue felt a bit less packed with bodies but more filled with genuine fans.
Going back in time to 2003, Scott Hutchison chose to play a song off the band’s first album, Sing the Greys early in the set. He asked the audience if they remembered that album and the crowd cheered, but Hutchison jokingly responded “Yeah, yeah, you probably just think it’s Midnight Organ Fight. But that’s okay”. His interactions with audience members are always entertaining and amusing, poking fun at the loud hecklers shouting out requests. He even started off after the first song by taking off his shoes, gearing up for the evening ahead.
Surprisingly there seems to be good amount of songs missing from the setlist that would have been expected, specifically “Late March, Death March” that stood out from their most recent LP Pedestrian Verse with its triumphant chorus and harmonious vocals. They instead brought out “Backyard Skulls” and “The Oil Slick”, two other stand out numbers from the latest LP. Hutchison also did two solo numbers, “Fuck this Place” from the 2011 Frightened Rabbit EP and “Poke” off The Midnight Organ Fight, the album that stands out in most of our minds as Hutchison’s best lyrical endeavor.
“Keep Yourself Warm” closed out the show during the encore; it is a song that literally brought me to tears at one point. Although the lyrics are a bit graphic and the metaphors brings to mind an uncomfortable visual, the epitome of the song is about staying true to oneself and learning to be happy, because you won’t find happiness or love with just anyone. Check out photos from the show in the gallery below and the setlist after the jump.
Alt-pop rockers Sir Sly will electrify the Boot and Saddle stage tonight. The band released its Gold EP back in May. Their sound is poppy and electronic but they contrast it with melancholic lyrics (much like Tegan and Sara’s latest album Heartthrob). Get ticket information here and check out “Ghost” below.
Frightened Rabbit truly live up to their name, constantly touring and releasing new material. In the last year alone, they’ve released three EPs and an album, their most recent being Late March, Death March. Today, the group announced a show at Philly’s Electric Factory October 27th. This is one band you don’t want to miss live; their shows are always energetic, passionate and full of Scottish accents. Tickets go on sale June 22nd. Below, watch their new video for “Late March, Death March” and hear the airy and somber tune, “Architect,” played with The Manchester Orchestra from their latest EP.
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Scottish indie rockers Frightened Rabbit headlined a sold-out Union Transfer on Saturday night, touring in support of their new LP Pedestrian Verse. With an impressive light show and an interactive rapport with the crowd (singer-guitarist Scott Hutchison asked the crowd to hold a G note en masse as they led into “Good Arms vs. Bad Arms”), the band raced through a 20-song setlist. Hutchinson performed “Scottish Winds” and “Poke” solo acoustic, while Canadian openers Wintersleep joined the band onstage for the closing song “The Loneliness and the Scream.” Check out scenes from the show in the photo gallery above and see the set list after the jump. Continue reading →
Scottish indie-folk band Frightened Rabbit released a new video today for “Today’s Cross,” the b-side to their single “The Woodpile”; watch it below. The band’s latest album, Pedestrian Verse, was released this week, and the band plays Union Transfer on April 6. Tickets and information on the all-ages show are available here.