Within the music of indie rockers Frightened Rabbit, singer Scott Hutchison's Scottish brogue is likely the most immediate element that draws listeners in. His accented wails regarding love, drinking, and just about everything else in between certainly represent a strong balance of the band's appeal, but so too do the other more complimentary instrumental elements and songwriting. Balancing subtly fierce drum work and driving guitars with wistful lyrics is a tried and true formula, but rarely is it so effective.
Frightened Rabbit plays at Saturday October 19, 9 p.m., at Water Street Music Hall, 204 N. Water St., $16-$20, waterstreetmusic.com.
— BY DAVE LABARGE