“And now it’s just you and me.” So said Frightened Rabbit frontman Scott Hutchinson as he tiptoed into a sweet solo acoustic number all by himself on a large stage in Chicago. It was a moment that characterized the entire show Saturday at the sold-out 2,500 capacity Riviera Theater.
And really the whole show felt so intimate that it could’ve been held at a tiny bar like the Empty Bottle. That’s how strong the connection is between the band and their fans.
Frightened Rabbit is a five-piece indie folk band from Glasgow, Scotland. At their show in Chicago on Saturday, the group wove a tapestry of thrilling indie-pop from their four albums and two EPs.
Hutchinson’s thick Scottish brogue shone through on songs like the now-classic “Swim Until You Can’t See Land” and the newer track “Acts of Man” from the band’s latest “Pedestrian Verse.”
The sign of true artistry is when a band’s live show is completely different than their records. So is the case with Frightened Rabbit, who took their mostly mild music and turned it into a symphony of thick, rugged, loud indie rock. The first truly significant concert of the spring season.