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Frightened Rabbit

Having recently announced a forthcoming ten-date Highland tour that will see the band appear at some of the country’s more modest venues, it is business as usual for the Frightened Rabbit boys as they perform in front of a sell out crowd at the HMV Picturehouse.

Opening the show is Fatherson, an indie-rock outfit hailing from Kilmarnock but based in Glasgow. The band are becoming one of the west coasts most prized assets and akin to Biffy on Tamazepam, Fatherson employ a dynamic style of writing. The driving force of their music comes from the instrumentation that at times is laboured, frantic at others.

Taking us from Scotland’s west coast to America’s east is Brooklyn trio We Are Augustines. At present that band are finding greater success in the UK than in their homeland resulting in numerous visits back and forth across the pond. These endeavours are proving fruitful however with their debut album Rise Ye Sunken Ships receiving more than one accolade while the band themselves have landed a number of radio appearances. Lead vocalist Billy McCarthey’s voice is powerful yet haunting with each track telling the audience of the heartbreak he has endured as a result of his brother James’ recent suicide in the most open and devastatingly sad performance.

As Frightened Rabbit walk onstage a meek Scott Hutchison mumbles “Hi, we’re Frightened Rabbit” before entering in to ‘Old Old Fashioned’, perhaps the flagship track on their Midnight Organ Fight release responsible for their stardom. The performance is all that we have come to expect from the Scottish folk rockers, honest, humble and at times frenetic in the band’s own unique way. For all fans of the band it appears that there is much to look forward to in the coming months with a fourth studio album being readied for release and if this evenings performance is anything to go by then the Selkirk five-piece are on their way to yet another cracker.