Urgent and bracing, sullen and surrendering … the music of Frightened Rabbit often seems a mess of emotions tied up in a twitching, fragile guise of genius. Like a thin, bruised girl with a Kurt Cobain kind of problem, Frightened Rabbit would fall apart if you took any one thing (music, lyrics or sentiment) away from it. The band hurts a little sometimes. But it feels so good, too. It’s a strange sensation: Listening to a song and wanting both to collapse on the floor and question everything, but also wanting to stand up, kick your feet, clench your fists and howl along with the band’s Scott Hutchison.
Frightened Rabbit is a band of the Indie Rock variety that comes from some tiny town called Selkirk, Scotland
. (Population: Approximately 6,000. So, of course
, they’d launch an internationally renowned band.) According to fangirl lore (and an interview in Spin
) their name originated from frontman Hutchison’s childhood nickname. His mother called the shy little boy her “frightened rabbit.” Cute.
Until Frightened Rabbit’s newest album, Pedestrian Verse, that shy boy was the sole lyricist. Pedestrian boasts help from the rest of the gang — Billy Kennedy, Andy Monaghan, Gordon Skene and Hutchison’s brother, Grant. The album released in February and it’s been needling at listeners since.
Go see Frightened Rabbit. Get drunk and feel things with them.
FRIGHTENED RABBIT performs Tuesday, March 25 at Bogart's in Corryville. Buy tickets, check out performance times and get venue details here.