The Verse’s Lottie Wilson reviews Frightened Rabbits’ gig at Concorde 2 on the 5th of December.
As a fan of Frightened Rabbits’ 2011 sound, I was excited to hear their newest musical offerings. At the beginning of their debut tour on the 5th of December, PAWS appropriately prepared the crowd. Although unknown to most, their lively sound had everyone moving. The endearing bunch performed their well-known tracks, before thanking the crowd of Concorde 2 and welcoming the main act.
Frightened Rabbit brazenly started their set with Get out, shouting out the lyrics alongside the crowd. However, irrespective of the track name, the Scottish five appeared overjoyed to be back and to perform in Brighton. They called our city their ‘home away from home’ as for many years they too lived and worked here.
Throughout the set frontman Scott Hutchinson was effortlessly charming – often ridiculing his brother Grant Hutchinson, who’s also the resident drummer. The other band members Billy Kennedy, Andy Monaghan and Simon Liddell equally enjoyed the anecdotes, and the whole band appeared like a family.
The spirited frontman was also happy to engage with the audience, telling them to ‘accept what they’re given’ when they shouted for particular tracks. This comradery made the gig much more intimate than it was – Concorde 2 was bustling with fans that night. They meticulously worked through their repertoire for over an hour, singing both new tracks and some classics from their 2008 The Midnight Organ Fight album, eager to please the crowd.
Their encore, my personal highlight, welcomed the bands collaboration with Paws. The collection of musicians performed a rendition of Fast Blood, with the crowd joining in at each chorus. This was the pivotal moment for me – the band appeared so committed to their craft, the energy in the room was palpable. As long as the band continue to create music so passionately, I can’t see them ever stopping.