Who: Frightened Rabbit (with Galchen) Where: The Lexington, London When: Friday 6th November A 50hour+ working week and a downpour of rain of apocalyptic proportions would generally be more than a bit of a hindrance to me dragging my sorry hips from the pub along to a crowded room of hipsters on a Friday night. However when the crowded room is upstairs at The Lexington and the achingly cool crowd were gathered together to witness Frightened Rabbit's first official outing as a five piece, the gig was always going to win out. Opening the night was Galchen, an as-yet-unsigned instrumental three piece from Glasgow. They were entertaining and very tight and driven by a drummer who looked possessed throughout. Their experimental heavy-electronic rock sound is far from the finished article, and includes no lyrics or even song titles but all in all it was an entertaining start to proceedings. Up next was headline act Frightened Rabbit who have been about since 2003, but seem to be on the up and up at the moment. New addition Gordie Skene adds additional depth to their live sound and seemingly has reinvigorated the band who all seemed to have a lot of fun on stage. They have been away for a while touring the US (where they are adored) and clearly the time spent over there has seen them hone their live performance to a tee. The set drew heavily from last year's debut full-length record 'Midnight Organ Fight' and kicked off with a rousing version of 'The Modern Leper'. Following this there were stirring versions of 'Fast Blood', 'The Twist' and 'Good Arms vs Bad Arms' that played perfectly to Frightened Rabbit's almost anthemic live sound. That said, rather than just getting up on stage and simply going through the motions and playing out the record, their live set was peppered with new arrangements of older tracks and featured three new ones which all stood up well to the live test. New single 'Swim Until You Can't See Land' sounding particularly strong. Frontman Scott Hutchison (was was sporting a brand new tattoo) was on top form playing guitar and keys. His vocals were passionate and soaring and gentle and raw through the set. The value of the new band member was seen on a full sounding version of 'Poke' which Hutchison usually sings on his own and although the frontman wasn't convinced by it (calling it a work in progress) it sounded pretty good to me and the 500 strong crowd stood around me. They closed with a rapturous climax. An awesome version of 'Square 1' saw a Grant Hutchison drum solo that in effect meant he knocked seven shades of shit out of his drums and then incited the crowd to riot but fortunately they were having too much fun to kick off. Though they were not content with letting the band off with just that. Given this, the band returned for a two song encore climaxing with a highly anticipated rendition of 'Keep Yourself Warm' where Gordie provided sound effects that had been hyped all the way through the set. It did not disappoint. Indeed nothing about this performance disappointed. This was a performance by a band who have caught their stride and fleshed out their already grand sound. On record they are strong, on stage they really knock it out the park. What say you on this? Sound off in our Forum!