April 10, 2013

Frightened Rabbit and Wintersleep rock The Phoenix

March 31. Easter Sunday, for those that follow such things. A fairly mild night in this cold spring Toronto is experiencing. Frightened Rabbit and Wintersleep are holding court at The Phoenix Concert Theatre.

After their opening track, "Holy", Frightened Rabbit's lead singer Scott Hutchison seems genuinely taken aback by the roar of approval coming from the sold out crowd. "Holy shit!" he exclaims before deciding that this will be a good night.
Frightened Rabbit played a great setlist with tunes spanning most of their discography, including a solo acoustic version of "Poke", and a great version of "Good Arms vs. Bad Arms" which started as solo acoustic and saw the band re-emerging for the second half. Scott's humour shone through and his banter in between amazing music made it a great night. We even got to be accordions.

Check out some Frightened Rabbit music, all of which was played at the show.

"Holy", the set-opening tune, from Pedestrian Verse.

"Backyard Skulls" from Pedestrian Verse.

"The Woodpile" from Pedestrian Verse.

"State Hospital" from Pedestrian Verse.

"Living In Colour" from The Winter of Mixed Drinks.

"Swim Until You Can't See Land" from The Winter of Mixed Drinks.

"Old Old Fashioned" from The Midnight Organ Fight.

"My Backwards Walk" from The Midnight Organ Fight.

"The Modern Leper" from The Midnight Organ Fight.

Wintersleep did a great job of warming up the crowd. They played all their great tunes, starting with "In Came The Flood" from their latest. They laid out a very solid opening set with tunes from Welcome To The Night Sky and their latest, Hello Hum. They may have played some songs from 2010's New Inheritors, but I'm not as familiar with that album. I was looking forward to seeing these guys live and they did not disappoint.

Here's a bunch of music from Wintersleep.

"In Came the Flood" from Hello Hum.

"Resuscitate" from Hello Hum.

"Nothing Is Anything (Without You)" from Hello Hum.

"Archaeologists" from Welcome To The Night Sky.

"Weighty Ghost" from Welcome To The Night Sky.

Yup, those are pictures I took. I'm beaming with pride.