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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.

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Date Venue Location Tickets
05.24.16 Fonda Theatre Los Angeles, CA US
05.26.16 The Regency Ballroom San Francisco, CA US
05.27.16 Gorge Amphitheatre George, WA US
05.27.16 Ace of Spades Sacramento, CA US
06.28.16 Zitadelle Berlin, BE Germany
07.22.16 Port City Music Hall Portland, ME US
07.24.16 Mr Small's Fun House Millvale, PA US
07.28.16 Grant Park Chicago, IL US
07.29.16 Parc Jean-Drapeau Montreal, QC Canada
07.29.16 Grant Park Chicago, IL US

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 »


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