History of the Frightened Rabbit Band

History of the Frightened Rabbit Band. Formation and First Years (2003 – 2006). In 2003, vocalist and guitarist Scott Hutchison used the name Frightened Rabbit, which was derived from the name that his mother had given in his youth because of his chronic shyness, [6] as a stage moniker for his solo performances. The project became a full band with the addition of his brother Grant Hutchison on drums in 2004, and guitarist Billy Kennedy in the year 2006. During the initial performances, the band will give their email address to those interested in receiving a free demo. After a time for several demos were sent, Scott said that he would send out a biscuit with the music, which led to an increase in demand for the demo. This leads to a lasting impression on the receiver.

History of the Frightened Rabbit Band

History of the Frightened Rabbit Band


Sing The Grays (2006 – 2007)

The Band released their debut album, Sing the Grays, in May 2006 on a local label, Hits The Fan. The Band was offered a deal from Fiction Records but eventually labels pulled their bids. [8] In January 2007, The Self-Starter Foundation brought The band to The East coast of The United States for a short tour. The Band returned to the United States in March to play SXSW. Brighton's indie Label Fat Cat Records released a remix/remastered album in the US on October 2007, distributed by Caroline Distribution. The Band then embarked on a full American tour. [9] The Album was released in the UK in November 2007.


The Midnight Organ Fight (2008 – 2009)

Earlier in 2007, the band recorded a new album, Midnight Organ Battle at Peter Katis's Tarquin Studios in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The Album was released on April 15, 2008. The Album received critical acclaim, receiving a 8.1 rating on the Pitchfork.com music website.

After recording The Midnight Organ Fight, the line-up quartet is now finished with the addition of guitarist/keyboard Andy Monaghan of Piano Bar Fight (who previously played support for the Frightened Rabbit). In an interview, Scott mentions that he's "met him on New Year's Eve, in Glasgow, at a bar. I was really hammered and I was like ' Why don't you come and play some gigs with us, dude? ' and he's like ' Yes! '. The next day, I get the text like ' Do you remember... Do you say something about this or is it just my imagination? ' ".

The Band supported the Death Cab for Cutie during an English tour & Ireland November 2008, and released a live album, Quietly Now! In October.


The Winter of Mixed Drinks (2010)

While touring to support The Midnight Organ Fight, Scott Hutchison notes that he's "thrilled with The prospect of being in the studio again," and stating that he "Can't do another break-up album because I haven't had one this year! Maybe it's just going to be a little less focused on me ".

Hutchison later announced plans to go to Crail, Fife to write material for the band's third studio album:

In May 2009, a video appeared online from Hutchison performing a new song, titled  "Swim until you don't see the ground". The song was later revealed as the first single from the upcoming third album.

On October 2009, the band members launched The album title, The Winter of Mixed Drinks, and announced The arrival of The Fifth band, Gordon Skene (previously from Make Model). According to Scott Hutchison: 

The Band made their U.S. television debut on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on 25 May 2010, doing  "Nothing Like You ". In June 2010, they appeared in the AV Club which covered The Lemonheads. [23] on October 12, 2010, the television crime drama Detroit 1-8-7 performed the song  "Yes I Would. " The first Single from the album,  "Swim until you can't see the ground" was also used in the trailer for the 2010 film,  "The Beaver ". They have also been personally selected by Belle & Sebastian to perform at their second Bowlie Weekender Festival, presented by All tomorrow's Parties in the UK in December 2010. Once again, the band supported the Death Cab for Cutie during their 2011 North American tour.

Signing to Atlantic and A Frightened Rabbit EP (2010 – 2012)

A Frightened Rabbit EP was released on July 28, 2011 and is available exclusively on the next tour. On October 19, 2011, EP was released as a free download to subscribers to the band's bulletin, with a limited-term vinyl announcement available for pre-orders. The songs on this album are Scottish Winds, this Place, and The Work.

In addition to Frightened Rabbit, Tracyanne Campbell from Camera Obscura contributes vocals on "Hell of this Place". Archie Fisher sings  "The Work ".

In 2010, Hutchison wrote, recorded, and appeared with The Fruit Tree Foundation, appearing on her debut album, First Edition. 

Pedestrian Verse (2013)

On December 6, 2011, Clash Music reported that Frightened Rabbit was planning to record their fourth album, and Scott Hutchison stated, "It was written, essentially," noting that they were in the production stage. Scott states, "We're experimenting with a minor key, which is actually new to us," commenting on a new sound idea. The Band announced that on May 1, 2012 they would start recording the fourth album.

The fourth Album will also mark the first time for the band that it was not Scott Hutchison alone with a songwriting assignment, with Hutchison saying that  "It doesn't do anything but benefit new songs." The Album is expected to be released early 2013, preceded by the EP, titled State Hospital, featuring Scottish vocalist Aidan Moffat, released September 25, 2012.

In a tour at 2012 for state Hospital support, Scott announced that the album would be released on February 2013. On November 2012, Frightened Rabbit announced their new album name, Pedestrian Verse, through their official Facebook page. Released with widespread critical acclaim, the band embarked on an extensive tour to support the album.

The departure of the Owl John and Gordon Skene (2014 – 2015)

Regarding the upcoming fifth studio album, Hutchison noted in October 2013:  "We had to start thinking about the next record after this tour. We have done a lot of writing in Scotland, but it would be better to turn it around and get out of the comfort zone, away from the usual we do, and more than [in America] would be good for it. So the only concern, especially on the West Coast and California, is the effect that it may have on my writing, and whether I will be happy and full of vitamins. " 

In January 2014, Scott Hutchison revealed a plan to record a solo album, stating:  "With Pedestrian Verse becoming more collaborative, I said that I would never have written the Frightened Rabbit footage as I did before, which is true. But that's not "I mean, I don't want to write such a note. It would be nice to go back to such a way of work, where I sit and do things myself.  "Both keyboards and guitarists Andy Monaghan and tour member Simon Liddell collaborated with Scott on the project, which was later named Owl John.

On 25 March 2014, Gordon Skene left the band because of "dissent" with four other members. The Band writes on Facebook: "Nothing else can be told other than sometimes things do not go well and when people have different opinions are often the best option is to split up and continue living separately."

Painting of a Panic Attack (2016 – 2017)

Frightened Rabbit announced through their fifth social media album, the attack painting, to be released on April 8, 2016. [33] The Band followed the news album with the album trailer featuring the album track ' Lump Street ', and the UK/US 2016 – 2017 tour announcement on February 23. [34]

Frightened Rabbit released a new song  "Fields of Wheat " On July 11, 2017, with the band stating,  "We made this recently. It feels like the song should be out now, because it's about what's happening now.  "[35] at the end of 2017, the band released a three-track EP titled Recorded Songs, which featured collaborations with musician Julien Baker.

Sixth album plan and Death of Scott Hutchison (2018-2019)

In early 2018, Scott and Grant announced a new side project called the Mastersystem alongside Justin and James Lockey from Editor and Minor Victories. The Band released their debut album Dance Music on April 4.

In February and March 2018, Frightened Rabbit embarked on a ten-year tour to support The Midnight Organ Fight. Regarding new material possibilities and the possibility of a sixth studio album, Scott noted that the band built a home studio in Glasgow, and worked on the song:  "We have five or six faint songs. Then there are many of the pieces of music that don't have the lyrics yet, but it comes together. I want it finished by the end of the year. We'll just keep expanding it. I've definitely tried to find a new theme. There is one that is currently about how I wonder if I am willing or not to bring a child to the world as it is. Instead I am in any position to do it, but you know... I try to find things different because of the sixth album, and I Can't do this all the time, you know, I don't think anyone is concerned with my relationship anymore. So yes, I'll try and avoid that ".

On 9 May 2018, Scott Hutchison was reportedly lost by Scottish police and Frightened Rabbit members. Hutchison was last seen on the morning of 9 May leave a hotel at the South Queensferry. [38] Her brother and teammate Grant, on the band's official Twitter account, urged anyone with information about her whereabouts to contact the Scottish police. [39] On May 10, police found a body at Port Edgar in South Queensferry, which on the next day was confirmed to be the property of Hutchison.

The Band issued a statement following Hutchison's death:

There are no words to describe the overwhelming sadness and pain that come along with our beloved Scott's death, but knowing that he no longer suffers, gives us comfort. Reading the message of support and the hope of the people he has helped through his art has been very helpful and we urge you all to continue doing this. He will be missed by all of us and his absence will always feel but he leaves a legacy of hope, kindness and color that will be forever remembered and shared. Take a break with Scott's quiet. Much love.

-Grant, Billy, Andy and Simon


On May 25, the band announced that it had cancelled their first incident festival, which was scheduled to take place on June 1 in Glasgow and will showcase them in the main show. [42] Grant Hutchison tweeted that fans who bought tickets would be refunded or could donate their money to the Scottish Association for Mental Health in Scott's memory if they wanted it. 

In August 2018, the band announced they would be performing at the charity Sleep in the Park in Glasgow on December 8, which would be their first concert since Hutchison's death.  The Band featured eight songs at The concert, and joined The guest singer James Graham of The Twilight Sad, Ross Clark of Three Blind Wolves and Fiskur, Simon Neil of Biffy Clyro and Kathryn Joseph. 

In May 2019, Hutchison's family founded Tiny Changes, a mental health charity named after the band's lyrics "Head Rolls Off ", to commemorate Scott. In July 2019, Atlantic Records released Tiny Changes: A Celebration of Frightened Rabbit's The Midnight Organ Fight, an album featuring musicians and colleagues from the band covering their 2008 albums in full. It was supposed to be released in summer 2018 to mark the tenth anniversary of the Battle of the Midnight Organ, and Scott Hutchison was fully involved in the process and has approved the tracks included. Ahead of the album's cover release, the remaining band members gave several interviews, stating that "the band does not exist" without Scott. It was also mentioned that there was a demo that had been recorded for the band's sixth album and that this material might still be released by the band. ...

On May 25, the band announced that it had cancelled their first incident festival, which was scheduled to take place on June 1 in Glasgow and will showcase them in the main show. Grant Hutchison tweeted that fans who bought tickets would be refunded or could donate their money to the Scottish Association for Mental Health in Scott's memory if they wanted it. 

In August 2018, the band announced they would be performing at the charity Sleep in the Park in Glasgow on December 8, which would be their first concert since Hutchison's death.  The Band featured eight songs at The concert, and joined The guest singer James Graham of The Twilight Sad, Ross Clark of Three Blind Wolves and Fiskur, Simon Neil of Biffy Clyro and Kathryn Joseph. 

In May 2019, Hutchison's family founded Tiny Changes, a mental health charity named after the band's lyrics "Head Rolls Off ", to commemorate Scott. In July 2019, Atlantic Records released Tiny Changes: A Celebration of Frightened Rabbit's The Midnight Organ Fight, an album featuring musicians and colleagues from the band covering their 2008 albums in full. It was supposed to be released in summer 2018 to mark the tenth anniversary of the Battle of the Midnight Organ, and Scott Hutchison was fully involved in the process and has approved the tracks included. Ahead of the album's cover release, the remaining band members gave several interviews, stating that "the band does not exist" without Scott. It was also mentioned that there was a demo that had been recorded for the band's sixth album and that this material might still be released by the band. ...

Band members:

Scott Hutchison – lead vocals, rhythm guitar (2003-2018; died 2018)
Grant Hutchison-drums, percussion, backing vocals (2004 — 2018)
Billy Kennedy-lead guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, backing vocals (2005 — 2018)
Andy Monaghan-guitar, keyboard, bass guitar (2008 — 2018)
Simon Liddell-guitar, keyboard (2015 — 2018; member tour 2013 – 2014)
Gordon Skene-guitar, keyboard, backing vocals (2009 — 2014)


Charity work

Frightened Rabbit has done extensive work with the Music Coalition Project Invisible Children, touring with them in 2011. They performed the song for them, including the cover of the Death Cab For Cutie, "various names for the same thing", and performed the song  "Scottish Winds", from their new EP. 

At the end of the tour, they auction the guitars they played during the tour, signed by the members, and the results were handed to the Invisible Children company. [49] in 2015, Frightened Rabbit raised money for Ditch the Label, an anti-bullying charity in England, after receiving messages from internet trolls. [50] in the year 2017 the band performed at the charity Sleep in the Park, raising money for homeless charities in Scotland. They are scheduled to perform at 2018 as well; After the frontman frontman death of Scott Hutchison, the band played at the show with a guest vocalist .

Studio albums

Sing the Grays (2006)
The Midnight Organ Fight (2008)
The Winter of Mixed Drinks (2010)
Pedestrian Verse (2013)
Painting of a Panic Attack (2016)

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