Limited tickets are still available for Frightened Rabbit’s biggest Belfast headliner to date tomorrow night (Friday, November 15) at the Mandela Hall.
Regular visitors in recent years the Scottish band have a very dedicated local fanbase.
Support comes from We Were Promised Jetpacks. The fellow Glasgow residents (originally from Edinburgh) are former labelmates with Frightened Rabbit. They meld bracing post-punk and tuneful indie pop as evidenced on 2009’s These Four Walls and 2011’s In the Pit of the Stomach
Frightened Rabbit are from Selkirk, and formed in 2003. The lineup consists of Scott Hutchison (vocals, guitar), Grant Hutchison (drums), Billy Kennedy (guitar, bass), Andy Monaghan (guitar, keyboards) and Gordon Skene (guitar, keyboards). Since 2004 the band has been based in Glasgow.
Initially a solo project for vocalist and guitarist Scott Hutchison, Frightened Rabbit’s first studio album, Sing the Greys, was recorded as a duo by Hutchison and his brother Grant, and released on independent label, Hits the Fan, in 2006.
The band subsequently signed to Fat Cat Records, in 2007, and became a three-piece with the addition of guitarist Billy Kennedy for its second studio album, The Midnight Organ Fight (2008). The album was released to widespread critical acclaim and extensive touring, with guitarist and keyboardist Andy Monaghan joining the band to flesh-out its live performances.
The band’s third studio album, The Winter of Mixed Drinks, was released in 2010, with former Make Model guitarist Gordon Skene joining the band for its accompanying performances.
Frightened Rabbit signed to Atlantic Records later that year, and issued two EPs, A Frightened Rabbit EP (2011) and State Hospital (2012), before the release of fourth studio album, Pedestrian Verse in 2013. A critical and commercial success in the UK, the album has also been well received internationally, especially in the US where the band has been touring extensively this year.
Frightened Rabbit will end the year with their biggest European shows to date before heading to Australia in early 2014
Doors are at 8pm. Tickets (£16) are available across the counter from Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.ie and on their 24 hour booking line on 0870 243 4455.