But just when I’m coming to grips with this, I see this cover of “The Modern Leper” by the English folk/punk rabble-rouser Frank Turner, who tackled the song at a Record Store Day in-store performance, and I’m reminded again of just how great Midnight Organ Fight is â€“ my favorite of 2008.
I ask for forgiveness â€“ and I also ask that the band return to play Phoenix again (we have such great memories).
Let’s start my road to redemption by posting this video for “Backyard Skulls,” a song off Pedestrian Verse, which along with Light Up Gold by Parquet Courts, has so far commanded most of my attention in 2013. Here the band performs at what appears to be the remnants of some high school dance, a seemingly innocent scene set against the sort of harsh truths for adulthood to come: “Backyard skulls / deep beneath the ground / those backyard skulls / are not deep enough to never be found.”
Having seen the band twice at the Rhythm Room (about 300-350 capacity) and then once at the Clubhouse (500), this is a sizable step up to the roughly 5,000-capacity Comerica Theatre. The group’s anthemic sounds deserve a place this big in which to expand.
While on the road, Frightened Rabbit has been selling a tour-only EP that contains three songs, one of which, “Scottish Wind,” has already gotten the live treatment earlier this summer. The two other tracks feature guest spots: Camera Obscura’s Tracyanne Campbell on “Fuck This Place” and Scottish folk singer Archie Fisher on “The Work.”