Frightened Rabbit w/ Maps & Atlases @ The Pabst Theater
May 9, 2010
extra attention might scare a band or blind them from seeing what got them
there—the raw power of music and their fan base—Frightened Rabbit took command
of the stage like the Energizer Bunny. The group thrilled with a show that drew
heavily from their well-reviewed album The
Winter of Mixed Drinks, released earlier this year.
singer Scott Hutchison and his rich, emotionally powerful voice, the band kept
the crowd’s attention with both surging anthem-like songs (none as powerful as
“Swim Until You Can’t See Land”) and songs that revealed their treasures over
time, with melodies that swirled around in a wall of harmonies. Hutchison made
the crowd feel at home during song breaks, telling stories and joking around
between fan favorites like “The Twist,” “Head Rolls Off” and “Keep Yourself
indie-rock with a helping of folk, stirred the crowd into a frenzy. Even during
an acoustic solo by Hutchison the audience roared with ecstatic applause.
had this much fun in a solo,” he said with a laugh before joining his band
mates for a powerful finish.
Our Brother the Native and Maps & Atlases
opened the night, both to a welcome reception by those who arrived early. The
former offered a novel sound that their MySpace page describes as R&B,
jungle and neo-soul. Maps & Atlases’ set suggested it may only be a matter
of time until they breakout, thanks to the distinctly high-pitched, powerful
vocals of lead singer Dave Davison, whose voice was complemented by swirling,
playful guitars and melodies.
Photo by CJ Foeckler