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Living In Colour: Frightened Rabbit at The Opera House

Frightened Rabbit at The Opera House
Frightened Rabbit
Maps and Atlases
The Opera House in Toronto, Ontario
May 4, 2010.

Photos and Review by: Julie Lavelle

Playing to a full house on Tuesday, Frightened Rabbit brought The Opera House a much needed night of musical therapy.

Frightened Rabbit

Hailing from Scotland, Frightened Rabbit provide their own special combination of indie-rock. Frightened Rabbit was the brainchild of Scott Hutchinson, who began the band off doing solo shows, and then eventually added in his brother Grant on drums and friend Billy on guitar. It's been close to a year since Frightened Rabbit were last here, where they played to an also sold out Horseshoe Tavern. One of the first things Scott told the crowd on Tuesday night was how much better this was than last year. And personally I think that they truly suit an historic and classic building such as The Opera House.

For those who haven't seen or heard of Frightened Rabbit, they are band who are meant to be seen live. Their stage presence and emotional energy provide an amazing insight into the intense feelings that they first share with us on their studio albums. Scott writes all the lyrics for Frightened Rabbit and at times his raw, honest passion could tear your heart to bits. One can feel his pain, his loss, and his intensity through his sincere voice. Despite the particularly dark lyrics to many of the songs, Frightened Rabbit provide driven and joyful music that in turn makes it all seem desperately hopeful.

Frightened Rabbit had fans singing along to their intense, and at times resentful, songs on Tuesday. For those going through a difficult time, or reliving a painful past, this music is the perfect catharsis. Their second album The Midnight Organ Fight was a perfect break-up album, and their recent follow up The Winter of Mixed Drinks has been described as being less personal and oppressive. Scott mentions in interviews how the album is semi-fictional and about an escape and maybe even a slight breakdown.

As the crowd roared after Frightened Rabbit left the stage, Scott walked on all alone as we prepared ourselves for the encore. He began the song Poke, a sad acoustic tune about clinging on to a failing relationship, and within a few seconds of the song he stopped and unplugged his guitar. He walked forward and earnestly sang at the top of his lungs to each of us there. One could hear the desperation and quiver in his voice as we all stared up at him. It is very obvious that most everyone at the show truly wanted to be there. There was a shared energy and joy running through each of us.

Setlist: Skip The Youth The Modern Leper Old Old Fashioned The Loneliness & The Scream The Wrestle The Twist Swim Until You Can't See Land Footshooter My Backwards Walk Nothing Like You Head Rolls Off Good Arms vs. Bad Arms ----------- Poke Living In Colour Keep Yourself Warm

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Maps and Atlases

Maps and Atlases are a band from Chicago, Illinois playing an interesting combination of rock, folk, and experimental music. The band is releasing a new LP on June 29, 2010 called Perch Patchwork. They are currently on tour with Frightened Rabbit and then will continue on another tour with The Globes and Cults.

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