Frightened Rabbit @ Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto (Photos and Review)
|30-Jul-2009 06:00 pm||Contributed by: pete||Concert Reviews|
Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, Ontario on July 22, 2009
Full Photo Set (16 photos)
When the Horseshoe is completely sold-out, the place becomes pretty hot and sweaty, but there's something about having that many people packed into the venue that puts the crowd into a distinctive mood. It didn't hurt that Frightened Rabbit is an incredibly sincere band and that a good portion of people there knew every song, but I'm talking about something beyond that... maybe there's something in the air there.
Frightened RabbitIs it just me, or does it appear that Canadians are suckers for Scottish bands? I'm not exactly sure why, but perhaps we like the injection of Scottish culture that is in their music, or maybe it's the annunciation of the lyrics that we find endearing. Or, more likely, it's just that the bands that manage to cross that particular international boundary are the ones most worthy of worldwide fans. I certainly liked Frightened Rabbit going into this show, but I left as more of a fan.
I can't remember how I managed to get a hold of the 2008 Frightened Rabbit album, The Midnight Organ Fight, but I do know that it sat in my collection unlistened to from December 2008 until Spring 2009, at which point I gave it a [metaphorical] spin. Although it didn't stand out as an immediate favorite, it was one of those albums that brought me back for repeated listening. It's not overly strong indie rock, it's not overly complex, it just emits something that made me want to listen again. It's possible what I could hear were hints of attributes that make up a good concert performance?
The band opened with The Modern Leper, the first song on The Midnight Organ Flight, and aside from three older songs (Yawns, Music Now, and Square 9) all other songs were from that same album. For the encore, Scott Hutchison (vocals, guitar) grabbed his acoustic guitar, moved to the edge of the stage, and played Poke unplugged. As well as people singing along, it was met with lots of love from the audience, and wild cheers at the end of the song. The band returned to the stage to complete the night with Keep Yourself Warm, which is a decent song on the album, but made a pretty incredible set closer.
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Media: The Modern Leper (mp3), Poke (concert)
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