I am a writer and teacher, out and about in the world but with Nottingham never far from my heart.
Be beguiled and blown over by Frightened Rabbit
In the heady days of the mid-to-late 2000's, it seemed for a while like any bunch of oiks with guitars, drums and leather jackets could get a record deal. The beauty of retrospect is that it allows us – now that the indie bubble has well and truly burst – to look back and sort the true gems from the malaise.
Of course, Frightened Rabbit were never likely to be tarred with the same brush as the indie masses, theirs was a sound with soul; mournful tones and sparkling melodies carrying the fragile, Selkirk-tinged vocal of Scott Hutchinson across three critically acclaimed full lengths and two similarly well received 7"s.
Soon to be completing their 10th year as a band, Frightened Rabbit are on tour once more, this time in support of forthcoming album Pedestrian Verse. A far more democratic affair than previous efforts, Pedestrian Verse looks set to be the first Frightened Rabbit album on which the whole band takes up song writing duties.
That they have elected to play at The Rescue Rooms on this tour, and not around the corner at Rock City, makes this show an even more delightful prospect. While Talbot Street's Rock City has an impressive history of pulling in the big bands; time and time again it is the smaller venue on Masonic Place that hosts the most intimate, spine-tingling shows.
Frightened Rabbit will be joined at the Rescue Rooms by Canadian indie-dreamers Wintersleep.