Words by Craig Brown
Image by Jessica Newell
“Don’t care if I’m lonely, cause it feels like home.”
A week after playing their largest UK headline show to date at London’s Brixton Academy, Frightened Rabbit kicked off the first of two sold out shows at Glasgow’s equivalent. Taking to the stage with rapturous applause from the gathered masses, frontman Scott Hutchison has a look of both disbelief and immense pride at the scene in front of him. Kicking off with Holy, taken from 2013’s top 10 album ‘Pedestrian Verse’, the lyrics straight away ring true with what this evening is: a homecoming.
With four critically acclaimed albums and two EP releases behind them, there’s already a back catalogue in place that would make more seasoned veterans envious. 2013 has been somewhat of a breakthrough year for a band that originally started as a solo project by the inspirational front man. In a year which has included a top ten album, a world tour (featuring sold out shows in the UK, America and Australia), a packed out festival season, a performance on the David Letterman Show, and not to mention a main support slot for US indie rockers The National, it finally feels like Frightened Rabbit are receiving the wide acclaim they absolutely deserve.
“This is a dancing song” proclaims Hutchison, “grab your partner”. This is of course Old Old Fashioned, taken from 2008’s break up album ‘The Midnight Organ Fight’. Greeted with the 5th sing along in as many songs, Hutchison, fist in the air, belts out in the dialect which has become a trademark of the Scottish outfit.
Down the front a mosh circle has started. There’s girls and boys, atop shoulders, bare skin on show, and we’re only half way through the set. Shortly after the band perform the glorious Nitrous Gas, which features Grant Hutchison stepping out from behind his drums to accompany his brother on backing vocals, a truly beautiful moment.
The main part of the show is brought to a close with Acts of Man with the Scott Hutchison described ‘Slipknot ending’. Arriving back on stage to what is an almost deafening cheer, the band work their way seamlessly through a 3 song encore featuring The Woodpile, The Twist and closing with fans favourite The Loneliness and the Scream, with the signature “Uh, oh, oh, oh, oh’s…” ringing throughout the packed venue. With the night already feeling like an almighty success, the band take to the stage for a final time performing a rare second encore. Thanking the crowd for the best night of the year so far, they bring the night to a close with the lyrically genius Keep Yourself Warm.
Tonight was truly memorable night, which will live long in the memory of the 2500 strong crowd.