Frightened Rabbit played Webster Hall
Photo via Dig The Well
The only other time I’ve seen Frightened Rabbit was on a rainy night last July at a packed and sweaty Maxwell’s. I loved it, but with everything on a bigger scale at Webster Hall last night, the band was able to show off how much better they’ve gotten live. The most important difference was the addition of multi-instrumentalist Gordon Skene, who was not only making his NYC stage debut, it was his first time ever in New York. He added backup vocals all night, played acoustic guitar for a bluegrassy “Old Old Fashioned”, handled keys on “The Twist” and worked a stand-alone drum on a powerful version of “The Wrestle” from the bands excellent new release, The Winter of Mixed Drinks.
The back-to-back combo of “Backwards Walk” and “Heads Roll Off” showcased the vulnerable lyrics that have come to define the band. The looks on the faces in the crowd were evidence of how important this band’s music is to their fans. There was a feeling that everyone in the room was genuinely excited to be there supporting an incredible band that has somehow stayed under the radar. The band was excited too, going so far as to thank Bowery Presents from the stage for having faith that they could sell-out the room, which they did, well in advance. They’ve come a long way from their first New York play which band-leader Scott Hutchinson described as “a rainy night in a basement in Brooklyn…on the night of the Golden Globes. Nobody came.”
They encored with a solo-acoustic “Poke” from Scott, followed by the full band on their new anthem “Living In Colour” and old favorite “Keep Yourself Warm”.
Frightened Rabbit – “Living in Colour”