Music: Frightened Rabbit

There's much anticipation about Scottish Indie Rock band Frightened Rabbit's first-ever Cincinnati-area concert Thursday at the Southgate House. Since their first U.S. tour in 2007 — and especially since the recent release of their third studio album, 'T

May 4, 2010 at 2:06 pm

There's much anticipation about Scottish Indie Rock band Frightened Rabbit’s first-ever Cincinnati-area concert Thursday at the Southgate House. Since their first U.S. tour in 2007 — and especially since the recent release of their third studio album, The Winter of Mixed Drinks — the five-piece band has been earning lots of mentions as the next U2.

Frightened Rabbit’s founder and leader, singer/lyricist/rhythm guitarist Scott Hutchison, specializes in letting his voice convey both passionate strength and melancholy while the band plays rousing, anthemic Rock powered by textured rhythm and a wash of dense sound. Much like the young Bono. It’s a big sound.

But when you do listen carefully, Frightened Rabbit’s songs (like U2’s) on this new album are about a desperate, urgent search for spiritual meaning in a material world. Hutchison describes Frightened Rabbit as “essentially a guitar band with a big organ sound and keyboards.”

They play the Southgate House with Maps & Atlases and Our Brother the Native. Get show details and read the full interview with Hutchison here.