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October 1, 2008

Frightened Rabbit – Glasgow, The Arches 30/09/08

Filed under: Live Reviews — by Free Edinburgh Podcast @ 1:26 am
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Frightened Rabbit – Glasgow, The Arches   30/09/08

Two albums in, and with a third on the way, Frightened Rabbit are still so coy in the publics’ eye as to resemble the proverbial mammal in front of the headlights. But to a dedicated set of fans, perhaps encouraged by glowing reviews from such trend-makers as Pitchfork, these tim’rous beasties are men of passion, crafting pop songs to shout about.

The Arches is their biggest headlining crowd yet, though larger will surely follow, and indeed will with their upcoming tour with Death Cab For Cutie. And lead-singer, Scott Hutchison, turns charming self-effacer making light of the occasion, and the accompanying nerves that must surely prevail with such home crowd expectation for a band whose records promise much.

The delivery is satisfying though as expected, with Scott’s voice offering up a soulful brogue that cultivates simple melodic efforts into something with true emotional appeal. Supporting the majestic Twilight Sad too seems to have had its effect on the band, with all manner of distortion forcing that bone snapping wall of noise, yet somehow retaining purposeful melody.

Terrific are I Feel Better and Fast Blood, though every intro seems to provoke the smattering of applause normally reserved for the stand-outs. But who’d argue with a Glasgow crowd?

The venue offers little intimacy in its cavernous setting though, and Scott’s solo venture in the encore is lost amongst the chit-chat and shuffles of a crowd perhaps content with its lot already. Keep Yourself Warm gets their attention back in some style though, with its now ingrained chorus provoking a sing-along to drown out the rumble of trains above.

There may be lack of assuredness throughout though, and Scott never seems to make the most of a crowd so in awe, but, understandable flaws aside, Frightened Rabbit only further prove Scotland’s burgeoning music scene is as dynamic, creative and emotive as it’s ever been.



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