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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Frightened Rabbit! Tonight!!!!

Posted by Rob Simonsen on Thu, Jun 19, 2008 at 10:12 AM

If I had a dollar for every time in the past few months that I've used the words "new", "Frightened Rabbit", and "fucking incredible" in the same sentence, I'd be moderately wealthy by now.

Seriously. This is no exaggeration. The Midnight Organ Fight, the new one from Frightened Rabbit, is so amazingly good that it is somewhat scary. The song posted above, "Heads Roll Off", is probably the weakest thing on the record, and it still slays.

Reference points are a little hard to nail down, but the band sounds somewhere between The Twilight Sad, The National, and U2. The songs are epic anthems, mid-tempo barn burners that perfectly blend pop with damaged, heart-on-sleeve lyrics. They never get sappy though, which is harder than it sounds since they throw out lines like "I'm armed with the past and a will and a brick/I might not want you back, but I want to kill him." Singer Scott Hutchison scrawls his way through the tracks with his thick Scottish accent and confessional lyrics, while his brother, Grant Hutchison, holds the entire thing together with some of the finest drumming in recent memory.

Really, I cannot say enough good things about this band. The Midnight Organ Fight is on my shortlist for record of the year, without a doubt, and chances are if you ask me for a music recommendation, this is what you'll get.

Do not miss this show. Period.

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