Last night I saw Owl John (Scott Hutchison from Frightened Rabbit) play a solo show in a venue called Oslo in Hackney.
I have to admit – and I hardly dare say it – that I had never consciously heard a Frightened Rabbit song before but I just tagged along with a friend who’s music taste I largely trust. If he raves about them, then they must be good! Well shame on me, turns out that Frightened Rabbit are awesome.
And Owl John was absolutely brilliant! It was just him with a guitar but the music was captivating, exciting, dramatic, funny and just really good. I definitely didn’t feel short changed for not having other band members there because he is so engaging and really filled the stage with his presence.
I was also really impressed by how he dealt with the audience. You don’t often see a singer who calls his audience “c**ts” repeatedly, tells them off for singing along badly and yet there is a constant stream of drinks being bought for him. He drank various red cups with questionable contents – one turned out to be a Jägerbomb which he really struggled with.
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I went to see the wonderful band The National play in Hyde Park at the weekend. The gig was part of a concert series called British Summer Time. The headliner of the day was actually Neil Young but The National played on the main stage for about an hour before the headliner came on.
The played a great set. I wish it had been a bit longer. I felt like the band really connected with the audience, especially the singer. He came down from the stage and went into the audience for one of the last songs.
He seems like a very interesting character. He really gets into the songs when he’s singing – to the degree that I worried that he would explode. When he’s not singing, he doesn’t stop pacing up and down the stage like a caged lion. Definitely an intense guy. I really need to watch the recently released film called “Mistaken for strangers” about him and the relationship with his brother. Apparently it’s very good.
But here are some more photos from the gig.
I also recorded a couple of videos which I published on YouTube. Click the links below to watch them.
The National – England
The National – Afraid of everyone
I took all photos and videos myself.