Broken Social Scene w/Frightened Rabbit

Frightened Rabbit

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This was such a great show! I made sure to get out of work as early as I could so I could go right to the venue. Luckily enough, I was only the second person waiting outside for the doors to open so I got a great spot.

Frightened Rabbit opened for Broken Social Scene, and there weren’t any other opening artists, so they came on right at eight o’clock.

They played a wide range of songs which was great, with at least one song from each of their major releases with the exception of Sing the Greys. The setlist is below:

  • Holy
  • Living in Colour
  • Get Out
  • The Modern Leper
  • Roadless
  • Fast Blood
  • Head Rolls Off
  • Oil Slick
  • Woodpile
  • Lump Street

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My favorite song they played was probably Lump Street (for the second show in a row). That was one song that for some reason I didn’t pay as much attention to when listening to Painting Of A Panic Attack for the first time. As soon as I heard it in person, though, I was definitely hooked!

If I had to list another favorite from the show it’d be The Modern Leper, but with it being in contention to be my all time favorite Frightened Rabbit song I’m a bit biased!

Broken Social Scene

I originally got a ticket for this show because Frightened Rabbit was opening for this group, but after giving them a listen I became excited to see them as well!

They are on tour for an album they recently released, titled Hug of Thunder, after 7 years without something new.

Oddly enough what really sold me on diving into their music was a blurb on their Wikipedia page describing their sound:

“The group’s sound combines elements of all of its members’ respective musical projects, and is occasionally considered baroque pop. It includes grand orchestrations featuring guitars, horns, woodwinds, and violins, unusual song structures, and an experimental, and sometimes chaotic production style from David Newfeld, who produced the second and third albums.”

After seeing them perform, I must say that statement seems somewhat accurate! The show was equally about the instrumental portions of the songs as well as the vocals, kind of like they were taking you on a journey.

It was really cool! I realize trance is an entirely different genre of music, but it seemed very trance-like to me. I felt like they didn’t play very many songs before the show ended because I got so wrapped up in each one I didn’t notice the time flying by.

I think my favorite song they played was 7/4 (Shoreline) – who writes a song in 7/4!? It’s ridiculous but also super cool and I found myself listening to it again when I got home after the show.

Venue/Date: The Pabst Theater (Milwaukee, WI) РSeptember 27, 2017

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