Frightened Rabbit @ Stereo
“I reckon I’d have gotten less abuse in the past few days working in a call centre than I’ve had being in the band”. It’s true, the torrent of abuse the band have had to endure over the past week despite the generosity they’ve shown with dirt cheap tickets for gigs in smaller venues has been disgraceful. However I’d like to commend the band for arranging the small string of intimate shows to showcase their new music when there was absolutely no need for them to do so.
Enough of that nonsense though, let’s move on to what really mattered. The purpose of the gig was to try out new material on the audience and from the outset they churned out new song after new song. By the end, I was left more than a little underwhelmed. Stereo is one of my favourite Glasgow venues and I’ve been to some of my favourite gigs there, however when it’s as busy as it was last night and you’re standing nearer the back the vocals tend to get lost in amongst all the tightly packed bodies. It could have been the muffled sound but not one of the new songs managed to excite me. There was a very repetitive and uninspired feel to the music and the songs sort of trudged along without any real heart or warmth. With that said, I was struggling to make out any of the vocals so I’ll hopefully be able to judge better at the Picture House in a few weeks time.
With the exception of a few drunken segments of the room, the crowd were for the most part rather boring. Not surprising really considering the majority of the set was new material but they perked up, albeit slightly, towards the end of the set as Frightened Rabbit played hit after hit for a solid half hour. Scottish Winds gets better and better live each time I hear it though and that’s the first time I’ve heard it with the full band. Surprisingly that’s only the second time I’ve saw Frightened Rabbit live. Julie-Anne and I first saw them about three years ago in Queen’s Hall just before their popularity in Scotland skyrocketed and we’ve never managed to catch them since. We were at Leeds Festival instead the year they played T in the Park and we missed the two Barras gigs, however we’ve seen Scott perform solo at least five or six times.
I look forward to hearing the new songs again under better circumstances and I hope they’re a grower, but as far as last night was concerned they really didn’t do anything for me. Excellent gig though and much love to Jodie for dragging herself out of bed and exercising her abnormally long legs all the way down to Mono to snap up the last four tickets to what was a much sought after gig.
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