After some delays, Frightened Rabbit finally took the stage today at Lustre Pearl.
The thousand or so waiting didn’t book for a better showcase or head to the bar. They held their ground, sipped on their beer and patiently awaited the Scottish rock band.
When Frightened Rabbit finally took the stage, bandleader Scott Hutchison apologized, and added that he’d stick to the music, thank you very much.
“I’m not going to talk to much because I wanna play more songs. But I’m grateful you all came out,” he said. “It’s a cluster… isn’t it? But it’s a good one.”
“Pedestrian Verse,” the band’s new album, was the theme of the 31-minute set. They started with “Holy” and then went straightaway into “Backyard Skulls.”
It’s a different band than the one that I saw here three years ago. Then, it was mostly a folk-style group with the occasional rock element thrown in. Today, they were full-on electric, and played to a much larger audience.
“December Traditions,” “State Hospital” and “The Woodpile” (my favorite from the album, especially it’s building chorus) followed.
The only older song the band played was “Living in Colour,” which Hutchison said they wanted to play because during SXSW, they’ve only played new stuff.
Hutchison seemed taken aback by the audience reaction, which included enthusiastic sinaglongs, dancing and wild cheering. He even said “We’re Frightened Rabbit” as an introduction to the band, as if any of us needed it at that point.
Finally, the band finished with “Acts of Man,” which ended in a loud jam that had the fans and the band rocking out to their core.
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