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(Charity!) Single Review: Frightened Rabbit – No Real Life

 
By on Wednesday, 10th January 2018 at 12:00 pm
 

Over their five studio albums to date, Scottish indie band Frightened Rabbit and their emotionally-charged music, described by Ryan Leas of Stereogum as “the kind of music that demands a fair amount of emotional investment from the listener,” have wowed fans all over the world. In his impassioned vocals, Scott Hutchison lays out raw, painful emotions for all to hear. It isn’t surprising, and sadly so, to learn that someone who can pour that much feeling and sorrow himself suffers from mental illness, something that has spilled out of Hutchison on social media. He admitted in this illuminating interview with Luke Ottenhof of On the A Side last spring, “Sometimes I wish I had a better mode of communication for when I’m feeling depressed, anxious, any of those things, but it tends to just work itself out into a song. That’s the way it’s always been for me.”

Knowing his personal history, it is wonderfully inspiring that Hutchison is willing to speak publicly about his struggles and has gotten involved with raising awareness and money for mental health causes. In 2011, along with James Graham of The Twilight Sad, Emma Pollock of The Delgados and other local musicians, Hutchison was part of The Fruit Tree Foundation, a Scottish music project that released the album ‘First Edition’, written and recorded during an intensive collaborative workshop in Perthshire. Fifty percent of the album’s proceeds go towards Scottish charity The Mental Health Foundation.

This past holiday season, Frightened Rabbit revealed a new single, also to raise money for a mental illness charity. ‘No Real Life’ premiered on Christmas Day, its words chronicling the thoughts that can go on inside the confused mind of a patient with dementia, often caused by the chronic, progressive neurodegenerative Alzheimer’s disease. Hutchison’s vocals of “I see light in the crack of the doorway / that extra-terrestrial glow / so cocoon my body, transport me / I don’t care to live in this world anymore” document the quiet desperation of a sufferer for the pain and confusion to end.

The gentle instrumental folk rock feel throughout the song marries well with the sombre subject matter. When Hutchison’s voice is joined by those of his bandmates in an ethereal harmony, a sense of peace and calm is achieved. ‘No Real Life’ is a moving, respectful acknowledgement to those in the grip of dementia, a disease we must keep fighting to cure.

8/10

Frightened Rabbit have encouraged their fans to donate to Alzheimer Scotland, who offer services to assist people with dementia, their carers and their families. Like cancer, dementia is an illness that has touched virtually everyone and their loved ones. Particularly around the holidays, it can be a difficult time when someone you love is suffering from a condition for which there is yet no cure. We encourage all to consider this worthy charity and to donate what you can to ensuring in the band’s words, “With your help, their aim is to make sure that nobody in this country faces dementia alone.” To read more of TGTF’s past coverage on Frightened Rabbit, go here.

 

Frightened Rabbit / ‘Midnight Organ Fight’ 10th Anniversary March 2018 Tour

 
By on Tuesday, 31st October 2017 at 9:00 am
 

Yup, we’re getting old. Scottish indie rockers Frightened Rabbit‘s seminal sophomore album ‘Midnight Organ Fight’ will reach its 10th anniversary next year. To celebrate, the band have announced a trio of tour dates in the UK next March. They’ll be playing the album in full each night and for the very first time. Of the LP, the band say, “This album holds a dear place in our collective heart. It was the one that allowed us to believe that we could do this band thing. Really do it. It’s the one that made the people in front of us SING. Really sing. It’s the album I still talk about most with people I meet at our shows. The wee bugger will not go away, and we are alright with that.”

We imagine the tickets will go quickly for these gigs, so don’t snooze. A presale for begins tomorrow, Wednesday the 1st of November; the general sale will follow on Friday, the 3rd of November. The band’s most recent album, their fifth called ‘Painting of a Panic Attack’, was released last year. You can read Carrie’s review of the long player through here. For more of TGTF’s coverage on Frightened Rabbit, come this way.

Thursday 15th March 2018 – Manchester Ritz
Friday 16th March 2018 – London Forum
Saturday 17th March 2018 – Glasgow Academy

 

Video of the Moment #2441: Frightened Rabbit

 
By on Monday, 25th September 2017 at 6:00 pm
 

Last year, Scottish alt-rockers Frightened Rabbit unveiled their latest long player. Significant touring followed ‘Painting of a Panic Attack’, their fifth, released in April 2017. This month saw the unveiling of a new EP, ‘Recorded Songs’, a series of tunes that were recorded during the making of that album. The EP includes a collaboration with American singer/songwriter Julien Baker for ‘How It Gets In’. The Scots have revealed a new promo video from the new EP for ‘Roadless’, animated by fellow Scot Ross Hogg using film clips. As Scott Hutchison’s sad voice intones, “I’ve been running on petrol fumes”, there’s a poignancy to the visuals that match well with one of Frightened Rabbit’s most recently released songs. Watch the video for ‘Roadless’ below. Both ‘Painting of a Panic Attack’ and the ‘Recorded Songs’ EP are out now on Atlantic Records. For more on the Scottish band right here on TGTF, use this link.

 

Video of the Moment #2222: Frightened Rabbit

 
By on Monday, 14th November 2016 at 6:00 pm
 

Scottish band Frightened Rabbit released their fifth album ‘Painting of a Panic Attack’ back in April. You can read Carrie’s review of the long player through this link. ‘I Wish I Was Sober’ is exactly what it sounds like, with Scott Hutchison singing the sad lyrics, “forgive me, I can’t see straight” to express the frustration of someone battling a demon without a face but insidious and affecting all parts of his life.

The promo video for the single shows a woman whose troubles take over her thoughts, represented by people who block her path and lift her off the ground, literally. Watch the vieo for ‘I Wish I Was Sober’ below. Catch Frightened Rabbit live when they embark on a new tour of England, starting on the 30th of this month at Manchester Cathedral; all the dates are listed here.

 

Frightened Rabbit / November and December 2016 English Tour

 
By on Friday, 17th June 2016 at 9:00 am
 

Scotland’s Frightened Rabbit have extended the tour cycle for their latest album ‘Painting of a Panic Attack’ with a new list of live dates in England for the end of this year. Addressing the rather conspicuous lack of Scottish dates in the following list, the band have hinted that something special is in the works for Scottish fans. Keep your eyes on their official Web site and Facebook for further details. Frightened Rabbit have also announced new live dates for North America, which are listed here.

Tickets for the newly added English shows listed below will go on sale today, Friday the 17th of June, at 10 AM.  Just below the tour date listing, you can watch Frightened Rabbit frontman Scott Hutchison’s solo version of ‘Die Like a Rich Boy’, which he also performed at the Crescent Ballroom in Phoenix last month. TGTF’s complete collection of Frightened Rabbit coverage is back this way.

Wednesday 30th November 2016 – Manchester Cathedral
Thursday 1st December 2016 – Birmingham Library
Friday 2nd December 2016 – Leeds Stylus
Saturday 3rd December 2016 – Norwich Arts Centre
Monday 5th December 2016 – Brighton Concorde 2
Tuesday 6th December 2016 – Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
Wednesday 7th December 2016 – London Roundhouse
Friday 9th December 2016 – Bristol Trinity
Saturday 10th December 2016 – Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Monday 12th December 2016 – Newcastle Riverside

 

Live Review: Frightened Rabbit with Caveman at the Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix, AZ – Friday 20th May 2016

 
By on Wednesday, 25th May 2016 at 3:00 pm
 

Back in April, Selkirk alt-rockers Frightened Rabbit released their excellent fifth studio album ‘Painting of a Panic Attack’. After a brief handful of live dates in the UK, the band immediately turned their attention to the American side of the pond, embarking on a late spring/early summer U.S. tour that brought them to Phoenix’s Crescent Ballroom last Friday night.

Caveman internal

Supporting Frightened Rabbit on this American tour are New York rock band Caveman, who are officially a quartet, but performed with six members on stage here at the Crescent Ballroom. The expanded lineup allowed them to fully flesh out their warm, atmospheric song arrangements for a pleasantly vibrant and engaging opening set. Frontman Matthew Iwanusa announced standout track ‘Human’ as part of the band’s upcoming record ‘Otero War’, and it immediately made me think that the new album would be well worth a listen. Also appearing on both Caveman’s live set list and their new album is anthemic track ‘Never Going Back’, for which the band just released the following sci-fi themed video.

Frightened Rabbit’s own recent album release might be described as “triumphant”, after the rather muted vibe of their fourth album ‘Pedestrian Verse’. On stage, they took immediate advantage of this triumph, opening their headline set with a blistering rendition of current single ‘Get Out’ and maintaining the high energy level through older tracks ‘Holy’ and ‘The Modern Leper’. The band started off sounding remarkably tight and energetic, especially compared to the last time I’d seen them live. I had been completely nonplussed by their rather sloppy performance at that sparsely attended show in Birmingham, Alabama back in 2013, when guitarist Gordon Skene was still in the lineup. On this night in Phoenix, however, frontman Scott Hutchison and his bandmates, most notably new guitarist Simon Liddell, who replaced Skene and fit seamlessly into the current live arrangement, seemed exponentially more confident and relaxed.

Scott and Simon internal

One of the set’s early highlights, the introspective new album track ’I Wish I Was Sober’, was also one of its slower moments, but Hutchison and company didn’t let their momentum ebb for long. I was excited to hear my personal favourite Frightened Rabbit song ‘Living in Colour’, which got the crowd bouncing along to Grant Hutchison’s formidable four-to-the-floor drum beat. And though ‘Things’, from 2010 release ‘The Winter of Mixed Drinks’, has not been a particular favourite of mine, it was surprisingly effective in this night’s set, combining the full complement of instrumental effects in the band’s five-man lineup with a striking visual lighting display.

A few hardcore Frightened Rabbit fans in the crowd shouted requests for songs from the band’s 2006 debut album ‘Sing the Greys’, and though the band touched on every other album in their repertoire, Scott Hutchison confessed that he didn’t remember how to play all of those early songs. He also declined a rather incongruous request for ‘Poke’ at a high energy point in the middle of the set, calling that song “probably the biggest downer I ever wrote” (which is quite a distinction in his collection, it must be said). Instead, the band wisely stayed with their ever-growing list of established fan favourites, including ‘Pedestrian Verse’ track ‘State Hospital’ and its new album sequel-of-sorts, ‘Lump Street’.

Scott internal

Frightened Rabbit rounded off the set proper with three of their liveliest tunes, racing through storming versions of ‘Nothing Like You’ and the acoustic-flavoured ‘Old Old Fashioned’ before frontman Hutchison invited the crowd to sing along with the familiar and admittedly vulgar ‘Keep Yourself Warm’. Having brought my younger brother with me to the show, I found it a little awkward at first to shout out those particular lyrics, but it occurred to me that Hutchison himself does the very same thing in every show with his little brother Grant on the drum kit behind him, and so I carried on. The rest of the crowd clearly loved joining in on the chorus, and the Scottish five-piece left the stage to thunderous applause at the end of the song.

Scott Hutchison returned to the stage alone to open the encore with a poignant solo performance of ‘Die Like a Rich Boy’, which might have been an effective closer in its own right, but the band had other ideas. Hutchison’s colleagues returned to the stage to play their popular hit song ‘The Woodpile’ and a delightfully theatrical version of ‘The Loneliness and the Scream’, which featured multi-instrumentalist Billy Kennedy on percussion and cemented the band’s brilliant live impression.

Billy cymbal

Caveman’s new album ‘Otero War’ is due out on the 17th of June via Cinematic Music Group. They will continue playing support on Frightened Rabbit’s American tour with West Coast dates through the 27th of May. Frightened Rabbit will play the Sasquatch Festival in Washington State on the 29th of May before heading back across the pond for a list of summer festival appearances, including T in the Park and Latitude. TGTF’s extensive previous coverage of Frightened Rabbit is collected right back here.

Caveman and Frightened Rabbit set lists:

Caveman set list

FR set list

 
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