Frightened Rabbit @ Bowery Ballroom
Frightened Rabbit may have their own idea of how to “keep yourself warm” (or not, as the case may be), but luckily I can tell you exactly how to keep yourself warm this winter: go to a sold out concert at Bowery Ballroom. Ok, it wasn’t like a sauna, but I had about one inch of free space around my entire body. Any sudden movement and I found myself basically resting my head on the shoulder of the guy in front of me (note to all tall concertgoing men/boys: do not stand in the front center, thanks).
After two opening bands, Frightened Rabbit played a lively set, featuring most of the songs on their album Midnight Organ Fight. Since all of their songs are great, I can’t say I was waiting for a favorite song. It was one good one after another. And the band seemed excited to be playing and lead singer Scott Hutchison thanked the fans for coming and “making them feel like a real band.” The set lasted only a little over an hour, but it didn’t seem short for some reason. The encore included “Keep Yourself Warm” and a cover of Neutral Milk Hotel’s “Song Against Sex.”
“Poke” was the lead singer solo acoustic song of the night. Hutchison was quickly able to silence the crowd, which was no easy task since they had been strangely chatty all night (unfortunately, opening performer David Karsten Daniels did not have as much luck). Anyway, as if they had rehearsed earlier, the crowd suddenly chimed in offering their oooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooooooooh’s, which left Hutchison pleasantly surprised. At least he wasn’t annoyed. At the end of the song he praised the audience for the best oooooooo’s he’s ever heard. Ha.
And, wow, there was some intensive drum action at the end of the set during “Square 9”, where the rest of the band members left the stage and Grant Hutchison went to town (yes, this is the technical term, look it up). I was surprised the drums were still intact when he finished.
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