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XPN MusicNotes: Drummer Grant Hutchison of Frightened Rabbit talks about his late brother and mental health awareness

Scott and Grant Hutchison of Frightened Rabbit | via NME

“Now is the time for men to be as gentle and open and emotionally fluent as they can be, I suppose.”- Grant Hutchison

A year after the late Scott Hutchison formed the Scottish indie band Frightened Rabbit in 2003, his brother Grant became its drummer. Now, Grant Hutchison has given his first interview since his brother’s death this past May 10th. Continue reading →

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Raise a Glass in memory of Frightened Rabbit’s Scott Hutchison next month at Johnny Brenda’s

Frightened Rabbit | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/

Just two short months after the passing of Frightened Rabbit frontman Scott Hutchison, local fans are invited to come together in his memory. On July 16 at Johnny Brenda’s, Virginia-based radio program Spin Cycle will host “Raise a Glass in Memory of Scott Hutchison,” a gathering to honor the Scottish singer-songwriter. Continue reading →

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RIP Scott Hutchison of Frightened Rabbit, gone at 36

Frightened Rabbit | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/

Scott Hutchison, the singer and songwriter behind beloved Scottish indie rock outfit Frightened Rabbit, was found dead Thursday, after going missing earlier this week, and a subsequent outpouring of concern from his bandmates and fans. He was 36 years old.

According to a report on NPR Music, Hutchison was found by Edinburgh Police at Port Edgar near South Queensferry, not far from where he was last seen at the town’s Dakota Hotel. He posted two tweets late Tuesday that had his bandmates and his family concerned for his well-being. Continue reading →

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Scott Hutchison of Frightened Rabbit has been reported missing

Frightened Rabbit | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/

Singer-songwriter Scott Hutchison of Scottish indie band Frightened Rabbit has been reported missing by his family. According to a report in the BBC, Hutchison was last seen around 1 a.m. UK time leaving the Dakota Hotel in South Queensferry, Scotland, wearing a dark baseball cap, navy blue hooded jacket, grey or khaki trousers and white trainers. The BBC says he is believed to be in Edinburgh, where police are searching for him. Continue reading →

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Savage Intimacy: Frightened Rabbit returns to the Electric Factory

Frightened Rabbit | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/
Frightened Rabbit | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/

“It’s been a while, Philadelphia,” said Frightened Rabbit‘s Scott Hutchison early on Friday night, “Three years, if I recall correctly. How’ve you been?” And while it’s been not quite a full three years since they last took the Electric Factory stage in October of 2013, things have changed for the Scottish indie titans. Even though it was the same stage they trod, the band was back and sounding bigger and better than ever on Friday evening, working the crowd with aplomb. Continue reading →

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New Music Show Preview: Frightened Rabbit, LNZNDRF & more

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Ready to sink your ears into some new tunes? We’ll boast a bunch of must hear new songs from some familiar favs and some brand new voices … here’s a sample of what you’ll hear starting at 8pm on our New Music Show:

“Death Dream” by FRIGHTENED RABBIT

Scottish indie rock darlings FRIGHTENED RABBIT introduce a brand new album with “Death Dream” this week. Continue reading →

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Scottish troubadours Frightened Rabbit step up their show at Electric Factory (photos, review, setlist)

Frightened Rabbit | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.comAll photos by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

On Sunday evening the Scottish brethren in Frightened Rabbit consumed the stage at the Electric Factory. Having previously played at a sold out show at the smaller Union Transfer back in February, the 3,000 capacity venue felt a bit less packed with bodies but more filled with genuine fans.

Going back in time to 2003, Scott Hutchison chose to play a song off the band’s first album, Sing the Greys early in the set. He asked the audience if they remembered that album and the crowd cheered, but Hutchison jokingly responded “Yeah, yeah, you probably just think it’s Midnight Organ Fight. But that’s okay”. His interactions with audience members are always entertaining and amusing, poking fun at the loud hecklers shouting out requests. He even started off after the first song by taking off his shoes, gearing up for the evening ahead.

Surprisingly there seems to be good amount of songs missing from the setlist that would have been expected, specifically “Late March, Death March” that stood out from their most recent LP Pedestrian Verse with its triumphant chorus and harmonious vocals. They instead brought out “Backyard Skulls” and “The Oil Slick”, two other stand out numbers from the latest LP. Hutchison also did two solo numbers, “Fuck this Place” from the 2011 Frightened Rabbit EP and “Poke” off The Midnight Organ Fight, the album that stands out in most of our minds as Hutchison’s best lyrical endeavor.

“Keep Yourself Warm” closed out the show during the encore; it is a song that literally brought me to tears at one point. Although the lyrics are a bit graphic and the metaphors brings to mind an uncomfortable visual, the epitome of the song is about staying true to oneself and learning to be happy, because you won’t find happiness or love with just anyone. Check out photos from the show in the gallery below and the setlist after the jump.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Sir Sly at Boot and Saddle, Frightened Rabbit at the Electric Factory, Animal Collective at Union Transfer

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Alt-pop rockers Sir Sly will electrify the Boot and Saddle stage tonight. The band released its Gold EP back in May. Their sound is poppy and electronic but they contrast it with melancholic lyrics (much like Tegan and Sara’s latest album Heartthrob). Get ticket information here and check out “Ghost” below.

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Watch Dave Hause record his new Devour LP with members of Frightened Rabbit, My Morning Jacket and the Watson Twins

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Dave Hause probably gets tired of being called a “punk troubadour”, but it’s a title that fits him so well. There are those tatts, the anthemic hooks, and the hardcore background in bands like Paint it Black, The Curse and The Loved Ones. But there’s also his knack for melody, attention to songwriting detail, and the circles he moves in as a touring and recording artist.

For his latest record, Devour, Hause put together an all-star cast of musicians to work with: My Morning Jacket’s Bo Koster, Social Distortion’s David Hidalgo Jr., Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba, Frightened Rabbit’s Scott Hutchison, and harmony duo the Watson Twins. Even that lineup spans both words – heartland Americana and punk n’ roll.

This week, American Songwriter revealed some details on the new record, due out October 8th on Rise Records, and shared a trailer video showing Hause in the recording studio with his band. In an accompanying interview, Hause reveals the personal undercurrent of the new songs:

“The lyrical content on Devour was pretty extreme; I was writing my way through some significant mid-thirties heartbreak, and I was coming to terms with how my own demons — and the appetite that’s hard-wired into American culture — can end up haunting you as you get older. It was a really difficult album to finish. I wanted to find a silver lining, and it took a while to figure out how to end on a hopeful note. That ended up being the last third of the record.”

Watch the Devour album trailer below; for more, listen to Hause’s new single “We Could Be Kings,” released last month.