Sleepover Show #74: Frightened Rabbit
Fresh off of our trip to this year’s Newport Folk Festival, we convened with Scott Hutchison, singer and songwriter of Glasgow band, Frightened Rabbit. In support of Death Cab for Cutie, Frightened Rabbit were in the South End of Boston at the Bank of America Pavilion gearing up to open that night’s show.
With only a few minutes before Hutchison had to run off to a local radio station for an on air performance, we found a beautiful and quiet(ish) spot by the water to record some songs. The clouds passing by would hide him in shadows, and then reveal him in the daylight. Soft spoken and smiling Hutchison joked about the weather and his Scottish homeland.
“I hear it’s nice there,” one of us remarked.
“Actually, it’s shite.” was his reply.
First Hutchison played Good Arms vs Bad Arms, by request, and only because one of us had a capo on hand. This spectacular little torch song off of 2008’s The Midnight Organ Fight provides frank and authentic insight on an ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend. It never fails to tug at the heartstrings. (Side note, The Midnight Organ Fight is our new favorite euphemism for bedroom activity)
Next was Scottish Wind, a song only available on their 2011 Tour EP. In this short tune, Hutchison gives thanks that some times things he says get lost in the whipping wind. There are two other unreleased songs that appear on the EP: Fuck This Place which features Tracy Anne Campbell from Camera Obscura and The Work featuring Archie Fisher.
Last was Swim Until You Can’t See Land. This song, off of Frightened Rabbit’s 2010 effort, The Winter of Mixed Drinks also makes an appearance in the Jodie Foster, Mel Gibson film The Beaver. The Winter of Mixed Drinks, like The Midnight Organ Fight has been met with great critical acclaim, and made its way to number 50 on NME’s top 75 albums of last year.
We bid Hutchinson a fond farewell and let him continue his busy day of publicity.