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It’s been a busy year for the Scottish quintet, Frightened Rabbit. The band consists of Scott Hutchinson , his brother Grant Hutchinson, Billy Kennedy, Andy Monaghan, and Gordon Skene and they released their State Hospital EP in September just a mere five months before the release of their fourth full-length record Pedestrian Verse. The set was adorned with the band’s cross-like symbol first introduced on their third record from 2010, The Winter of Mixed Drinks.
The band came out on stage to face the packed crowd of the House of Blues. Fans cheered as they began their set with “Holy” off of Pedestrian Verse. They then burst into “The Modern Leper and “Old Old Fashioned” off of their sophomore album The Midnight Organ Fight which was actually partially recorded in Bridgeport, Connecticut. They played fan favorites “Nothing Like You”, “Head Rolls Off” and “My Backwards Walk” before breaking into the title track off of the State Hospital EP.
Scott Hutchinson founded Frightened Rabbit as a solo act in 2003. The name originated from a childhood nickname his mother gave him for his shyness but you would never know that from his presence, particularly when Grant Hutchinson, Kennedy, Monaghan and Skene left the stage. Hutchinson performed, “Poke” and “Fuck This Place” completely solo. Hutchinson had lost his voice recently and actually had to cancel a few performances as a result. The crowd had no idea, though. His gruff accented voice entranced the audience without a hitch.
Hutchinson brought the band back out to rejoin him on “Good Arms vs. Bad Arms”. He then asked the crowd to, “form a human wave” as a bit of foreshadowing for the song that was about to come. Before beginning though, he asked who in the crowd was drinking whiskey. An eruption of cheers broke out to which he responded, “Boston is the only place where you get a cheer just for drinking whiskey” before finally playing “Swim Until You Can’t See Land”.
The official set finished up with “Acts of Man”. Hutchinson said that he loved performing at the House of Blues but actually preferred the smaller venue of The Paradise, even referring to it as the “best venue in Boston” and asked “what if the next time we come through town we did five shows at The Paradise instead of one here?” Which, of course, was more than well received.
The four-song encore consisted of “The Woodpile”, the lead single off of Pedestrian Verse and “Living in Colour”, “The Twist” and finished the night with “The Loneliness and the Scream”. When the lights came back up and people started to leave the crowd was buzzing with how awesome a five-night stay at the Paradise would be.