Warner Canada With the release of their fourth album Pedestrian Verse in…
- Posted on Nov 5th 2010 11:00AM by Garin Pirnia
When a fan yelled out a request, he responded with, "I don't give a f--- what we play. We can do Bee Gees covers." Fortunately, Frightened Rabbit stayed away from covers and played songs from their three albums, including their latest, 'The Winter of Mixed Drinks.' 'Modern Leper' fueled the band's intensity and they riled up the crowd with dance number 'Old Old Fashioned.' Hutchison ended the song with an entertaining anecdote about how once they played in Chicago and he got a hair stuck in his throat and for some reason thought it was of the pubic variety.
He prefaced 'I Feel Better' as a sequel to a song he wrote about trying to win back a girl with a stuffed snake, and after playing popular songs 'Fast Blood' and 'Head Rolls Off,' Hutchison explained that the next song, the harmonica-laced 'Be Less Rude,' was one of the first few songs he'd ever written. He then played an intimate version of 'Good Arms Vs. Bad Arms,' standing alone onstage and strummed his acoustic guitar. Ending their regular set on 'Keep Yourself Warm,' the enthused crowd sang along as the drums thumped and Hutchison furiously yelled into his mic.
The band came back for a three-song encore and made sure to thank everyone who helped them out on tour, including their merch person. For the final song, they performed 'The Loneliness and the Scream' with friends in the wings watching. Near the end of the song, a man perched on top of another guy's shoulders came out dancing, drumsticks and a soccer ball were tossed into the audience and fans incessantly handclapped along. The celebratory spirit culminated when the audience and band continued singing the song's infectious "whoas" and "oohs" long after the music had stopped, a perfect way to cap their tour.