Frightened Rabbit @ Victoria Hall, Selkirk, 25 September
Small town music communities can be precious and fanatical about their local bands. Yet when the band in question is Frightened Rabbit and tonight’s show in their hometown of Selkirk marks a first, you can legitimately expect a bit of a celebratory atmosphere.
With Ma and Pa Hutchison perched centre front on the balcony of the Victoria Hall, a packed congregation of onlookers below and some tanked-up youths giving it laldy down the front, there’s evidently the full range of FRabbit fans expectantly awaiting this long-mooted event.
Ninety minutes later, it’d be hard to imagine anyone of any persuasion feeling short-changed by what is witnessed. The already simmering mood is skilfully and methodically brought to boiling point via a near-perfect set list which, while taking a couple of detours and omitting the odd perennial live favourite, is concurrently on the nose in gauging and reigniting audience expectations.
A muscular take on Square 9 and ostensible finale The Loneliness and the Scream are highlights if the feverish and exuberant crowd are to be judged by whilst, yup, Keep Yourself Warm finally full-stops an exemplary lesson in good homecoming etiquette. Whilst the occasion may have heightened expectations, Frightened Rabbit still manage to hit one home in every respect. [Darren Carle]