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Frightened Rabbit

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. The band 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 Sing the Greys 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 that arrived in February 2013. Produced by Leo Abrahams, the album was a triumph, full of affecting, often anthemic material. It was also their first album written fully collaboratively, the others having been primarily the work of frontman Hutchison. While enjoying this new creative process, to the extent that he stated he would "never [again] write a Frightened Rabbit record in the way I used to," he also wanted to continue writing solo, and to this end he created the Owl John project, releasing an eponymous album in 2014. Monaghan and touring guitarist Simon Liddell helped him out with the recording. Later that year, Skene left the band over musical differences and was permanently replaced by Liddell. In 2015, they decamped to New York to record their second album for Atlantic, with the National's Aaron Dessner producing. Entitled Painting of a Panic Attack, the album saw the band continue with the collaborative process they had employed on The Winter... Featuring the elegiac single "Death Dream," it was scheduled for release in April 2016. ~ Mark Deming
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Stations Featuring
Frightened Rabbit

    Top Alternative

    Top Alternative
    1 song

    Alternative Mix

    Alternative Mix
    1 song

    Pop Rock

    Pop Rock
    1 song

    Top Indie

    Top Indie
    4 songs

    Indie Party

    4 songs

    Indie Rock Mix

    4 songs

    Alt Country

    1 song

Albums by
Frightened Rabbit

Top Songs by
Frightened Rabbit

  1.   Song
  2.   Swim Until You Can't See Land
  3.   Nothing Like You
  4.   Fast Blood
  5.   I Feel Better
  6.   The Loneliness and the Scream
  7.   Floating in the Forth
  8.   Living In Colour
  9.   The Wrestle
  10.   Good Arms vs. Bad Arms
  11.   Late March, Death March
  12.   It's Christmas So We'll Stop 2008
  13.   Backyard Skulls
  14.   The Greys
  15.   The Woodpile
  16.   Be Less Rude
  17.   Poke
  18.   Get Out
  19.   Death Dream
  20.   Lump Street
  21.   Bright Pink Bookmark
  22.   Backwards Walk
  23.   The Modern Leper
  24.   Holy
  25.   Who'd You Kill Now?
  26.   Keep Yourself Warm
  27.   The Twist
  28.   Old Old Fashioned
  29.   Extrasupervery
  30.   Head Rolls Off
  31.   A Lick of Paint
  32.   Not Miserable
  33.   Radio Silence
  34.   The First Incident
  35.   Music Now
  36.   I Wish I Was Sober by Mike McCready
  37.   Blood Under the Bridge
  38.   Woke Up Hurting
  39.   Wedding Gloves
  40.   State Hospital
  41.   Set You Free
  42.   Things
  43.   The Final Incident
  44.   Square 9
  45.   Go-Go-Girls
  46.   Little Drum
  47.   The Second Incident
  48.   The Wreck
  49.   Die Like a Rich Boy
  50.   400 Bones
  51.   Break
  52.   An Otherwise Disappointing Life
  53.   Candlelit
  54.   Don't Go Breaking My Heart
  55.   December's Traditions
  56.   The Oil Slick
  57.   Nitrous Gas
  58.   Dead Now
  59.   Home from War
  60.   Soon Go
  61.   Learned Your Name
  62.   Skip the Youth
  63.   Man/Bag of Sand
  64.   Behave!
  65.   Acts of Man
  66.   Fun Stuff
  67.   I Wish I Was Sober
  68.   Still Want to Be Here
  69.   It's Christmas so We'll Stop
  70.   Boxing Night
  71.   Housing (In)
  72.   Yawns
  73.   Footshooter
  74.   Off
  75.   Wait 'Til the Morning
  76.   Snake
  77.   Architect
  78.   Yes, I Would
  79.   Default Blues