Frightened Rabbit played to a packed, sweaty Maxwell’s (video)
Before starting their encore, Scott Hutchison of Frightened Rabbit admitted to the crowd, “We had such a crazy year of touring last year that it was like ‘Oh fuck, touring again?’ But you guys have changed our mind tonight.” It was clear that he was being sincere. The sold out crowd at Maxwell’s in Hoboken (7/17) was a rabid one. They cheered loudly after each song, listened intently to most, and sang along to a few. The band grew more comfortable as the set went on despite how hot the room got.
It was my first time seeing the band live and it took a bit to accept the fact that they play their songs differently than the recorded versions on the albums I’ve grown to love so much (specifically The Midnight Organ Fight, which might be my favorite album of the past few years). Once I got over it, I enjoyed every song they played. It was their first show in Jersey, and after making a Bon Jovi reference, Scott went to the keyboard and played the first few notes of Billy Joel’s “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant.” He said, “Is he from New Jersey too, that prick?” After a loud boo from the crowd, he responded, “Oh, I didn’t realize he was from Nazi Germany,” clearly not aware of apparent Jersey hate for Long Island.
More review & set list after the jump…
He went on to play “The Twist” on the keys which may have been their best song of the night and was the one tune that came across better live than on the record. While the band crafts perfect pop songs, none of them come across as brilliant musicians. It’s the desperate lyrics and the way their sung that really stand out and when Hutchison sings, “I need company, I need human heat” you believe him.
They closed the set with “Keep Yourself Warm” (see video above) and invited Mike from Oxford Collapse (who opened the show) to join them. By this point, the crowd was wound up and sang along. The band responded by allowing the audience to carry some of the choruses and the extra guitar on stage added more bite to an already rocking tune. They returned for a two song encore and then vacated the room to make room for Grand Duchy who was playing the late show. Overall, a great show, and I’m already looking forward to seeing them again.
I missed Siren this year…anyone catch their set down there? Thoughts?
Old Old Fashioned
I Feel Better
Good Arms vs. Bad Arms
???? (Tune from first album never played live before)
Head Rolls Off
Keep Yourself Warm (with Michael Pace from Oxford Collapse)