‘Blood Under The Bridge’ live in Academy, Dublin 5 Feb 2017
Earlier this month, Scottish indie-rock favourites Frightened Rabbit came on a tour of Ireland and performed to enraptured audiences (they are a great live band).
FR fans are the kind that like to capture a bit of the gig but really, how often do we all do that only to look at it never again because the sound is so bad.
Fan Footage is an Irish-based platform who solve that problem by bringing the fan and the sound-desk audio for gigs together. You upload your footage, they match the audio.
Here are two videos of Frightened Rabbit after the band asked the fans to film one song in each Dublin and Belfast gig. Fan Footage put together crowd-shot videos uploaded to their site with the proper audio and the result is above and below. Dublin’s gig used 49 separate fan clips and the Belfast one 77 clips!
‘Death Dreams’ live in Limelight 1, Belfast 7 Feb 2017
Frightened Rabbit are playing The Academy on the 9th December. They play Belfast’s Empire Music Hall the night before, the 8th. Tickets are €18 for Dublin and £12.50 for Belfast. Here’s their most recent standout track.
The gauntlet has been thrown down. South by South West is upon us once again. Over a year, the impact of this massive music festival in Austin, Texas can diminish since your last visit, but oh lordy, make no mistake, Austin is the music town. Amongst 2000 bands, 12,000 official attendees and the many more who lined the streets of Austin yesterday for Paddy’s Day, it was the kickoff for 96 hours of non-stop gig madness. Here’s a taster of highlights for day one:
The Morning Benders
The swooning San Franciscan classical indie-popsters thrilled a capacity crowd at Emo’s (really a big low-ceiling shed) at BrooklynVegan’s day party. Think Grizzly Bear jamming with Vampire Weekend. ‘Excuses’ was phenomenal and an extended a cappella middle lifted the song above all else in their set.
After falling in love with their new album The Winter Of Mixed Drinks album, I was really keen to see the Scots live. Unfortunately, due to gear problems at the Paste Magazine show, the big-sounding dynamics of the new album was forfeited for a quieter, more-acoustic show. It didn’t thump as much as it should have but the emotion was still there, with ‘Living in Colour’ and ‘Swim Until You Can’t See Land’.
After listening to the new Frightened Rabbit album The Winter Of Mixed Drinks over the last few days, I’m convinced these Scots will have a great year and deservedly so. Their third album is the sound of a band who are sick of strumming an acoustic in reflection and are ready to project outward with the result being some swelling, epic tunes.
I already featured ‘Swim Until You Can’t See Land’ on our last podcast but since I received the album I’ve got a renewed sense of love for it, listening to the song over 25 times in a few days. It rarely happens to me. The album as just better than previous albums especially with the expanded now five-piece lineup: big sounding band arrangements rooted in folk compositions with singer Scott utilising his lilting Scottish accent to great effect while reigning in elements of his voice that were once a tad whiney for me.
Here’s a Youtube playlist of the two videos from the album so far:
Here’s the B-side to ‘Swim Until You Can’t See Land’:
A preview of some new albums hitting soon informs the 13 tracks on our 29th podcast. You’ll no doubt be getting acquainted with Contra at the moment if not, ‘Run’ exemplifies how much Vampire Weekend have advanced while still sounding like old. We’ve got tracks from Jesca Hoop’s brilliant album Hunting My Dress (also playing Dublin, Belfast and Galway in February), Bullion’s new single, a preview of Sam Amidon’s new one, a stonking rap number from Jay Electronica, an etheral, spooky cut from JJ, a beautiful soaring single from Frightened Rabbit, a track from James Pants’ new one Seven Seals as well as Laura Veirs and Rick Rubin-produced rising folk lads The Avett Brothers.