Frightened Rabbit - Barrowlands, Glasgow, Thu 28 Feb
An awestruck and breathless performance of fan favourites from Scott Hutchison and co
Whatever you think about Frightened Rabbit, they deserve your respect. Their story arc is a familiar one; the slow build. Over four albums, the band have developed and matured exponentially, and after seven years of hard work, are having their graft rewarded; something that can be clearly seen at the sold-out Barrowlands tonight.
Opening with 'Holy', from new album, Pedestrian Verse, it takes the band a little while to warm up – and judging by the muddy mix, this goes for the sound guy too. However, as they start careening their way through their stocky catalogue, everyone starts to limber up, and by the time they hit an impressively upbeat version of Midnight Organ Fight favourite, 'Backwards Walk', the atmosphere is instantly electrified. However much Scott Hutchison has presumably moved on since the emotional catharsis of MOF, his following solo rendition of 'Poke' is as poignant as ever, and is almost immediately drowned out by crowd vocals of Cup Final proportions. After steering through well over an hour of fan favourites from the past seven years, the encore, led by excellent recent single 'The Woodpile' cements the band as a class act, before 'The Loneliness' and 'The Scream' buries the Barras in a sea of horse-throated chants that leave the band about as awestruck and breathless as we are.