Frightened Rabbit run wild at the Varsity
"The Wrestle" and "The Twist" quickly followed, building on the swelling momentum from the early part of the set. The thunderous reception these songs received clearly showed the band that they had forged a deep and lasting connection with their adoring audience. Hutchison again spoke fondly toward the crowd, exclaiming that "Halfway through the tour you start missing home a bit, but then shit like this happens and it doesn't matter anymore." You couldn't help but believe he was being sincere, as the man was rightly chuffed by the overwhelmingly positive response these songs were receiving.
Frightened Rabbit's two recent singles were featured towards the tail end of the show, with both "Swim Until You Can't See Land" and "Nothing Like You" blending seamlessly with classics like a cleverly reworked "My Backwards Walk" and "Good Arms vs. Bad Arms," which finished the main set strongly. Hutchison came out for the encore by himself, delivering a stirring solo version of "Poke" which was unquestionably one of the more moving parts of the set.
The rest of the band rejoined him for a rousing rendition of "Living In Colour" and, after Hutchison declared "This is truly incredible, thanks to each and every one of you" the band kicked into the boisterous set closer "Keep Yourself Warm" which again found the crowd in fine voice, joining the band in singing along emphatically to the riotous finishing number. Ultimately it was an evening filled with indelible, moving songs, as well as an unwavering connection between the band and their fans, all amounting to a truly special night which Frightened Rabbit and their enthralled, enthusiastic audience won't soon forget.