- Frightened Rabbit, dropping the c-bomb. (Photo: TBD Staff)
"We don't know when we'll be back in this part of the world, so we're going to play quite a lot of songs this evening," said Scott Hutchison, Frightened Rabbit's frontman, three songs into what would become a 19-song set at the 9:30 Club last night. The five-piece Scottish indie rock band leaned heavily on their breakthrough sophomore album, The Midnight Organ Fight (2008), and this year's The Winter of Mixed Drinks, in delivering a performance so crowd-pleasing that Hutchison even obliged that annoying dude — there's at least one at every show — who kept shouting out song requests.
Number of beards on stage: Four.
Number of beards in audience: Too many to count.
Number of beards on this reporter: 1/2.
Average number of times, per song, that the girl standing near me on the rear steps of the balcony looked at her slip-on flats: Six.
Possible reasons for this: She thought someone was going to trip over her foot. She had just purchased the shoes. She was high.
Proof that breakups often make for the best music: The Midnight Organ Fight was an attempt to win back the girl who broke Hutchison's heart. "She didn't take me back," he said. At least, he added, he got a good record out of it.
Number of songs performed before I realized my fly was down: nine.
Shouting song requests does, in fact, work: A fan yelled out, "Foot Shooter!" Hutchison replied, "Oh geez. give me a break. I'll do it if you never shout again." In his Scottish brogue, he clarified that he meant no shouting for the remainder of the evening, and that once the fan left the club he could "shout aweeey."
Songs performed until the request was granted: Three.
No one likes the band's debut — except everyone at the 9:30 Club last night: "Does anybody here actually know our first album?" asked Hutchison. The crowd cheered. He stated that Sings the Greys, not The Midnight Organ Fight, was the band's first album. "Turns out nobody in Dallas has it. One guy in San Diego bought it and didn't like it." But you like it? he asked. The crowd cheered, if slightly less than before.
Bitterest breakup sentiment expressed in song: It's from "Poke," but I can't write it here. It contains the c-bomb.
Second-most-bitter breakup sentiment expressed in song, which might also be inappropriate to write here: On "Keep Yourself Warm," Hutchison sings, "Oh you won't find love in a / won't find love in a hole. / It takes more than fucking someone / to keep yourself warm." Hot topic: true or false?