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Frightened Rabbit

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  • Formed: Glasgow, Scotland
  • Years Active: 2000s
  • Website: http://www.frightenedrabbit.com/
  • Recent Activity: 09.28.16 Thanks to @bandofhorses for having us in Birmingham last night. Stellar show from them and @julienrbaker again. On to Austin!!
  • Frightened Rabbit

  • Frightened Rabbit


Biography All Music Guide

All Music Guide:

Playing clever but purposefully naïve pop in the manner of the Vaselines, the Twilight Sad, and the Clean, Frightened Rabbit sound a good bit bolder than their moniker would suggest, though it suits their lively but nervous musical personality. Frightened Rabbit was founded in Glasgow, Scotland, in 2004, when guitarist Scott Hutchison and his brother Grant, a percussionist who -- like his sibling -- prefers to keep his last name a secret, began recording demos of songs they had written. Encouraged by friends and family, the brothers added a second guitarist, their friend Billy, and the trio began making the rounds of Glasgow's pubs and music venues. Slowly but surely gaining a reputation for their music, Frightened Rabbit began work on their first album, initially planning to record at the home studio where they'd done their original demos but eventually opting to record at Glasgow's Diving Bell Studio with Marcus Mackay instead.

Frightened Rabbit released Sing the Greys through their own label, Hits the Fan Records, in mid-2006. Reviews were enthusiastic, and Universal picked up the disc for distribution in the U.K. and the U.S. through the independent label Fat Cat. The group's reputation enjoyed a considerable boost in America after they played a well-received showcase at the 2007 South by Southwest Music Conference in Austin, Texas, and the U.S. release of Sings only increased Frightened Rabbit's popularity. The band's sophomore release, Midnight Organ Flight, arrived in April 2008. Keyboard player Andy Monaghan was added to the lineup shortly before the release of the album. The live album Quietly Now!, also known as Liver! Lung! FR!, appeared in 2009; meanwhile the band was working on its third studio album, The Winter of Mixed Drinks, which introduced fifth bandmember Gordon Skene. A lush, uplifting set of songs, The Winter of Mixed Drinks arrived early in 2010. A Frightened Rabbit EP was released in July 2011 and was only available on their subsequent tour (the band later made the EP available for their newsletter subscribers and as a limited 7”). In preparation for their fourth album, they released the EP State Hospital in September 2012, featuring a guest appearance by Aidan Moffat. The first release through Atlantic Records -- the major label the band left Fat Cat for in 2010 -- the EP harked back to the lyrical prowess of their earlier material, which proved to be a taster for Pedestrian Verse, the full-length which arrived in February 2013. Produced by Leo Abrahams, the album was a triumph, full of affecting, often anthemic material.

Tour Dates All Dates Dates In My Area

Date Venue Location Tickets
09.29.16 Scoot Inn Austin, TX US
10.01.16 Citi Field Flushing, NY US
11.17.16 Trix Antwerp, Antwerp Belgium
11.18.16 Le Pop In Paris, France
11.21.16 Muffathalle Munich, Germany
11.22.16 Luxor Cologne, NW Germany
11.23.16 Lido Berlin, BE Germany
11.27.16 Uebel & Gefahrlich Hamburg, HH Germany
11.30.16 Manchester Cathedral Manchester, Lancashire UK
12.01.16 The Institute Birmingham, War UK

eMusic Features


Interview: Frightened Rabbit

By J. Edward Keyes, Editor-in-Chief

Scottish group Frightened Rabbit built a devoted fanbase by focusing on the personal — specifically, heartbreak and the aftermath that follows. But on their fourth record, Pedestrian Verse, they've zoomed out. Its songs are character studies that focus on loss of faith, mental illness, the longing for home and the strange, bitter comfort that comes with unhappiness. That broad reach is appropriate: Verse is the group's first record for major label Atlantic, a fact that… more »


  • 09.28.16 Thanks to @bandofhorses for having us in Birmingham last night. Stellar show from them and @julienrbaker again. On to Austin!!
  • 09.28.16 Excited to play our @acl presents show @ScootInnATX tomorrow w/ support from @julienrbaker! Still a few tix here: https://t.co/Fq3YXvxVkr
  • 09.27.16 Tonight we're at the @AlabamaTheatre in Birmingham, AL opening for @bandofhorses - doors open at 7pm. Don't be late… https://t.co/h89NlaUW3n
  • 09.27.16 We’re playing an after party show at the lovely @lprnyc on 3rd Oct after our set @themeadowsnyc. Last few tix here: https://t.co/VKLJ3EgWGX
  • 09.26.16 Yep. Me too. marathonmusicworks tonight. https://t.co/0VoCsUW3xO
  • 09.26.16 RT @johnaldmcgee: i'm going to watch @julienrbaker and @FRabbits tonight instead of the debate and feel confident that my time will be bett…
  • 09.26.16 RT @wehavepaws: Mental health, sensitivity, bottomless self doubt and the music industry sure makes for a fucking terrible time.
  • 09.25.16 RT @NoCountryNash: TICKET GIVEAWAY: Frightened Rabbit (@FRabbits) with @julienrbaker Sept. 26 at @MMusicWorks! Enter here: https://t.co/9NW…
  • 09.25.16 RT @tunespeak: LAST CHANCE 🇬🇧 - Don't miss @FRabbits on tour this Winter! Win tickets here: https://t.co/LFJHwfKsk3 https://t.co/GT4FMsfe…
  • 09.25.16 RT @copeland_guitar: Getting some playing time in with the Tele I built for Scott @FRabbits before I hand it over next week. @mcnellypickup…
  • 09.25.16 Excited to play @MMusicWorks tomorrow night w/ support from @julienrbaker! Grab one of the last tix while you can https://t.co/fDJSODNJFm
  • 09.25.16 RT @hutchiano: Kula Shaker really were pretty silly.