by Josh Bis
on Mon, Jul 29, 2013 at 11:01 AM
1. Frightened Rabbit started off on the right foot, doing their best to thaw the Seattle Freeze by playing "Old Fashioned" early in the set, suggesting that it was a completely appropriate song for taking a stranger's hand for a wee dance without seeming like a total creep. It's among their few legitimately "happy" songs, so the impulse to seize the moment in a crowd celebrating crushing heartbreak is not an entirely bad one.
2. A fun vocabulary lesson from across the pond: "piece of piss" as a synonym for "easy." This, in attempt to get the crowd to sing along, sacrificing quality for volume. Unlike the bit about the mass dance.
3. Cultural lesson from down the coast: The Scottish lads claimed to be very pleased to be in Seattle after spending time in Los Angeles because they could walk around town without being confused for homeless people.
4. So many of their songs have lyrics that seem borne out of some sort of misery, but through some combination of time, distance, or marination in ample quantities of alcohol, they mostly sound strangely happy. Even "Backward Walk," which starts out the most plaintive and near-weepy, crescendos into a fairly boisterous wall of guitars quite pleased with being knee deep in shit. And later, is there a more upbeat song about suicide by inevitable drowning than "Swim Until You Can't See Land"? That is, it's nice that these emotional journeys have passed "wallowing in agony shame spiral" stage to the part where they can be shared with a wry smile, a pint, and maybe a few thousand people occasionally singing along.