Frightened Rabbit Setlist
It’s true, as mentioned by singer Matthew Iwanusa, that the band had not been to Minneapolis for “quite a few years”, referring to their last appearance in June 2013 touring in support of their self-titled album (which we covered).
The indie band’s set featured many tracks from their forthcoming Otero War (Fat Possum Records), from the solo heartfelt “The State of Mind” to layered music sound of “Never Going Back”. In fact, only a few songs ‘old’ songs were played on their 40-min set, including “Old Friend” from CoCo Beware and set closer “In the City” (from Caveman). The finale was a good choice as fans may remember actress Julia Stiles appearing in their music video.
If you’re curious about Caveman’s Otero War, they are slowly trickling out some selective tracks via their Soundcloud.
Scotland’s Frightened Rabbit (singer/guitarist Scott Hutchison, drummer Grant Hutchison, bassist Billy Kennedy, keyboards Andy Monaghan, and guitarist Simon Liddell) was last in town with fellow Scotts Twilight Sad at the Varsity Theater in 2013... so they’re familiar with Dinkytown and its surroundings.
With “The Modern Leper”, Hutchison jokingly said that the song was “old enough for Harry Potter” reading level... then backtracked to something younger, like “Goosebumps”.
Hutchison was pretty talkative, possibly out of necessarily because it seemed the band was always switching music instruments or tune. For “Break”, he talked about how a fan misheard the lyrics as “Breath” and jokingly introduced the song as “Breath”. To be honest, with his Scottish brogue, I honestly misheard him saying “Brick” instead of “Break”.
As we explained in the podcast, the new album’s title Painting of a Panic Attack is about singer Scott Hutchison’s panic attack on an airplane. His experience inspired many of the themes and songs from the new album. As we also mentioned, this translate to really sad and unpleasant lyrics, over a layered “wall of sounds”.... which funny enough, is also similar to other Scottish bands like the Twilight Sad and We Were Promised Jetpacks. So if you like those other bands, chances are Frightened Rabbit will be right up your alley.
The highlight of their set was a medley of Prince’s “Purple Rain” with “Die Like A Rich Boy” on a solo acoustic song for the start of their encore. Clearly, the band is a fan, and they telegraphed it earlier in their set when they were tuning on “Things” and Hutchison talked about how he regretted only seeing “Purple Rain” film about a year and a half ago.
Frightened Rabbit’s remaining tour dates:
May 03 - Louisville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall
May 05 - New York, NY @ Terminal 5
May 06 - Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
May 07 - New Haven , CT @ College Street
May 08 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
May 09 - Boston, MA @ House of Blues
May 12 - Saxapahaw, NC @ Haw River Ballroom
May 13 - Knoxville, TN @ The International
May 17 - San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
May 18 - Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater
May 20 - Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
May 21 - Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern
May 24 - Los Angeles, CA @ Fonda Theatre
May 26 - San Francisco, CA @ Regency Ballroom
May 27 - Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
Frightened Rabbit at Varsity Theater, Minneapolis (27 April 2016)