Live Review & Photos: Frightened Rabbit at the Belly Up, May 21, 2016

Photos by Sylvia Borgo
Photos by Sylvia Borgo

“It feels like Scotland up here tonight” quipped Frightened Rabbit front-man Scott Hutchinson, raising his giant highball of Scotch to the Belly Up’s sold-out crowd.

On tour supporting their latest album, Painting of a Panic Attack, Frightened Rabbit introduced many new songs during their set. The band opened with new single, “Get Out,” and it was obvious that most fans had already memorized the words. “Lump Street,” also off Painting, started out as a slow lament and ended as a beautiful cacophony; “I Wish That I Was Sober” was another new tune that sounded great.

Once upon a time a solo project, Frightened Rabbit’s sound flourishes in the dynamics that a full band can bring. The band effortlessly draws in the crowd as they build energy and emotion of every single song. Contributing to the sound are great harmonies provided by the band’s drummer (and Scott’s brother), Grant Hutchinson. Grant is an amazing drummer, singer, and entertainer; he plays with the intense fury of some rock demon.

During the show, the band auctioned off a hand-drawn portrait by Scott of an abandoned dog they found behind a trash bin in Texas. They ended up rescuing the lucky beast and named her “Dumpsterella.” All proceeds from the auction went to delivering the canine to her new home.

Fans who’ve adopted Frightened Rabbit have been rewarded with each new performance and album. At the Belly Up, they delivered and showed us that they keep getting better year after year.

Opening the show was Brooklyn’s Caveman.

Frightened Rabbit at the Belly Up

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