Saturday, February 02, 2013
SATURDAY'S SCOTTISH SINGLE (Part 52)
Frightened Rabbit are a Scottish indie rock band from Selkirk, formed in 2003. The lineup consists of lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and lyricist Scott Hutchison, guitarist and bassist Billy Kennedy, guitarist Andy Monaghan, drummer Grant Hutchison and guitarist and keyboardist Gordon Skene. Since 2004 the band has been based in Glasgow.
The band released its debut album, Sing the Greys (2006), on independent label, Hits the Fan, before signing to Fat Cat Records in 2007. In 2008, the band released its second studio album, The Midnight Organ Fight, to critical acclaim and subsequently developed a large cult following. The band's third studio album, The Winter of Mixed Drinks, was released in 2010, with the band signing to Atlantic Records later that year. A new EP, State Hospital, was released in September 2012, and the band's fourth studio album Pedestrian Verse is set to be released in February 2013.
In 2003, singer/guitarist Scott Hutchison used the name Frightened Rabbit, which came from a name his mother gave him in his youth due to his chronic shyness, as a stage moniker for his solo shows. The project became a full-fledged band with the addition of his brother Grant Hutchison on drums in 2004, and guitarist Billy Kennedy in 2006.
The band released their debut album Sing the Greys in May 2006 on local label, Hits The Fan. The band were offered a deal from Fiction Records but ultimately the label withdrew their offer. In January 2007, The Self-Starter Foundation brought the band to the east coast of the United States for a short tour. The band returned to the United States in March to play SXSW. Brighton indie label Fat Cat Records released a remixed/remastered version of the album in the USA in October 2007, distributed by Caroline Distribution. The band then embarked on a full American tour.The album was released in the UK in November 2007.
Earlier in 2007, the band had recorded a new album, The Midnight Organ Fight at producer Peter Katis's Tarquin Studios in Bridgeport, Connecticut. This album was released April 15, 2008. After recording The Midnight Organ Fight, the current quartet line-up was completed with the addition of guitarist/keyboardist Andy Monaghan. The band supported Death Cab for Cutie during their November 2008 UK & Irish tour,and released a live album, Quietly Now! in October.
Whilst touring in support of The Midnight Organ Fight, Scott Hutchison noted that he was "excited at the prospect of being in the studio again," and that stated that he "can't do another break-up album 'cause I haven't had one this year! Maybe it'll just be a little less focused on me". Hutchison subsequently announced plans to head to Crail, Fife to write material for the band's third studio album.
In May 2009, a video appeared online of Hutchison performing a new track, entitled "Swim Until You Can't See Land". The song was later revealed as the first single from the forthcoming third album. In October 2009, the band members unveiled the album's title, The Winter of Mixed Drinks, and announced the arrival of a fifth band member, Gordon Skene.
The Winter of Mixed Drinks was released in March 2010.
A Frightened Rabbit EP was released on July 28, 2011 and was available exclusively on their subsequent tour. On October 19, 2011, the EP was released as a free download to subscribers to the band's newsletter, with the announcement of a limited-run vinyl being available for pre-order.
On December 6, 2011, Clash Music reported that Frightened Rabbit were planning to record their fourth album, and Scott Hutchison states, "it's written, essentially," noting that they are on the production stage.Scott states, "We’re experimenting with minor keys, which is actually new for us," remarking upon the idea of a new sound. The band announced that on May 1 they would start recording the fourth album.
The fourth album will also mark the first time for the band that it is not Scott Hutchison alone with the task of songwriting, with Hutchison saying that "it's done nothing but benefit the new songs." The album is expected to be released early in 2013, preceded by an EP, entitled State Hospital, released September 25th, 2012.
On tour in 2012 for support of State Hospital, Scott announced that the album would be released in February 2013. In November 2012, Frightened Rabbit announced the name of their new album, Pedestrian Verse, via their official Facebook page.
And this coming Monday, it hits the shops.
I've long been a fan of this lot. I've been lucky enouugh to have met them and they must among be the nicest and most genuine guys working in the music industry. I hope the new record makes them lots of money.
Here's their very first single:-
mp3 : Frightened Rabbit - Be Less Rude
mp3 : Frightened Rabbit - Sing The Greys
From November 2007. So good it made the 45 45s at 45 series a few months later.