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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

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    Top Indie
    6 songs

    Top Alternative

    Top Alternative
    1 song

    Alternative Mix

    Alternative Mix
    1 song

    Pop Rock

    Pop Rock
    1 song

    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.   The Loneliness and the Scream
  6.   I Feel Better
  7.   Floating in the Forth
  8.   Living In Colour
  9.   The Wrestle
  10.   Rained On
  11.   Late March, Death March
  12.   Good Arms vs. Bad Arms
  13.   It's Christmas So We'll Stop 2008
  14.   The Greys
  15.   Backyard Skulls
  16.   The Woodpile
  17.   Be Less Rude
  18.   Poke
  19.   How It Gets In by Julien Baker
  20.   Roadless
  21.   Death Dream
  22.   Get Out
  23.   Lump Street
  24.   Backwards Walk
  25.   The Modern Leper
  26.   Who'd You Kill Now?
  27.   Extrasupervery
  28.   Keep Yourself Warm
  29.   The Twist
  30.   Old Old Fashioned
  31.   Bright Pink Bookmark
  32.   Holy
  33.   Head Rolls Off
  34.   Music Now
  35.   Behave!
  36.   Yawns
  37.   I Wish I Was Sober by Mike McCready
  38.   Wait 'Til the Morning
  39.   Die Like a Rich Boy
  40.   400 Bones
  41.   An Otherwise Disappointing Life
  42.   Don't Go Breaking My Heart
  43.   December's Traditions
  44.   The Oil Slick
  45.   Acts of Man
  46.   Things
  47.   The First Incident
  48.   The Wreck
  49.   Blood Under the Bridge
  50.   Break
  51.   Still Want to Be Here
  52.   Little Drum
  53.   Woke Up Hurting
  54.   I Wish I Was Sober
  55.   Architect
  56.   Default Blues
  57.   Candlelit
  58.   Radio Silence
  59.   Nitrous Gas
  60.   Housing (In)
  61.   Dead Now
  62.   Wedding Gloves
  63.   Off
  64.   Home from War
  65.   Boxing Night
  66.   State Hospital
  67.   The Second Incident
  68.   Go-Go-Girls
  69.   Square 9
  70.   The Final Incident
  71.   Snake
  72.   Fun Stuff
  73.   Footshooter
  74.   Man/Bag of Sand
  75.   Not Miserable
  76.   Skip the Youth
  77.   Yes, I Would
  78.   Learned Your Name
  79.   Set You Free
  80.   Soon Go
  81.   It's Christmas so We'll Stop
  82.   A Lick of Paint