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Concert Sat Jan 20 2007

Sing the Greys

Scotland's Frightened Rabbit end their bio stating "Let's keep pop music alive by getting it out of that dress and into a sweater," and it couldn't make more sense. Their brand of lo-fi indie rock is comforting and warm like that favorite sweater sitting in your drawer, and their sincerity and humility is a refreshing breath of fresh air in a contemporary musical landscape dotted with forced irony and pretentious posturing.

On their 2006 debut release Frightened Rabbit...Sing the Greys (Hits the Fan Records), brothers Scott and Grant Hutchinson conjure up an eclectic mix of sputtering percussion, chiming guitars, wheezing accordion, taut bass lines, and percolating synths, that provide the backbone for reflections on dysfunction, the doldrums, and relationships stuck in limbo. It's an aptly titled record, but don't be fooled. There is a joy, earnestness, and urgency to be found that belies much of the subject matter, as songs rush to their climax in a blur, with soaring melodies and insistent hooks rising up through the din.

Tuesday's show at the Empty Bottle is a rare treat, as it is one of only seven dates on their brief US tour, and the band's only appearance outside of the East Coast. With Fake Fictions. 9:30 pm. $8.

 
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