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Frightened Rabbit - Painting Of A Panic Attack Album Review


As the winsome voice with a Scottish lilt declares "You died in your sleep last night" little more than sixty seconds in it doesn't take a genius to work out one must be listening to a Frightened Rabbit record. A decade may have passed since debut 'Sing The Greys' landed unceremoniously amidst the flurry of here today, gone tomorrow scenesters but their ability to orate every day tales of (mostly) misery and despair via the medium of music hasn't dissipated.  

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Of course it was 2008's follow-up 'The Midnight Organ Fight' that really set the cat amongst the pigeons as it were. A glorious celebration - if you can call it that - of a relationship breaking down piece by piece. Hailed as a masterpiece of its time and perched atop many an end of year list, it's a record that's both helped and hindered its creators future musings. Not least because everything they've subsequently recorded has been compared with that undoubted highpoint of their career thus far.  

Indeed it's been a rockier road than many would have predicted ever since. Both 2010's 'The Winter Of Mixed Drinks' and their last record 'Pedestrian Verse' three years later suffered by way of comparison, and while it would be a tad unfair to judge everything Frightened Rabbit put their name to by 'The Midnight Organ Fight''s impeccably high standards, such casual treats are somewhat inevitable too. 

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Kendal Calling 2014 Confirm Jimi Goodwin, Frightened Rabbit And 60 Other Artists

Posted on 28 March 2014

Kendal Calling 2014 Confirm Jimi Goodwin, Frightened Rabbit And 60 Other Artists

Jim Pusey's Top 10 Albums Of 2013


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Jim Pusey's Top 10 Albums Of 2013

It's been a year of truly brilliant sounds even if there may have been a few disappointments along the way. Take hip hop, for example: unlike 2012's records by Kendrick Lamar and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, there was nothing that really demanded your attention. Yes, Kanye's album 'Yeezus' was technically brilliant, but it's a record I'm still struggling to digest properly. Similarly, Jay-Z's 'Magna Carta, Holy Grail' (which, in my opinion, is as good as West's effort) was less immediate than the likes of 'Blueprint 3', which means it's got somewhat lost in the public consciousness.

Both those records had an interesting release as well, materialising on shelves seemingly from nowhere. They're not the only ones either; My Bloody Valentine's 'mbv' appeared online out of the blue in February after a gestation period of 20 years. Equally, Mazzy Star, Boards of Canada, Nine Inch Nails and David Bowie made unexpected and impressive returns following long hiatuses. There were also some great reissues and live records; Rilo Kiley's 'Rkives' acted as the epitaph the band deserved, Bob Dylan repainted his self-portrait with the 'Bootleg Series' and revealed songs well worth revisiting, Steve Albini finally got to share his vision for Nirvana's 'In Utero', The Velvet Underground's 'White Light, White Heat' finally got the deluxe treatment it deserved following Lou Reed's sudden death and Neil Young presented what could well be his best live album to date with the 'Cellar Door' addition to his archives series.

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We Are Augustines Release New Single 'Nothing To Lose But Your Head' And Announce Intimate London Show January 21st 2014

Posted on 10 December 2013

We Are Augustines Release New Single 'Nothing To Lose But Your Head' And Announce Intimate London Show January 21st 2014

Laneway Festival 2013 Makes Its Long-Awaited US Debut In Detroit


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The St. Jerome's Laneway Festival 2013 made its US debut as it hit Detroit over the weekend, bringing a hell of a lot of fun Sunday, September 15th 2013.

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Musical celebrations kicked off marvellously with 7,500 in attendance. Among the definite highlights were early performers CHVRCHES, Frightened Rabbit and Deerhunter; Icona Pop also drew a massive crowd with a wonderful set of catchy tunes from their 'This Is . Icona Pop' album - number one hit 'I Love It' went down a storm! Up-and-coming Aussie musician Flume brought some life to the Meadow Stage, while Sigur Ros held the rapt attention of their main stage crowd. Co-founder Rogers was more than pleased with the turn-out. 'Our first venture into North America could not have gone better', he said. 'We were always confident that the people of Detroit would embrace this event. Not only did they come out in droves to see their fave bands but local artists, designers, painters and chefs turned on the hospitality of the region and all demonstrated why the city is on the brink of a major revival.'

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BBC Introducing Stage, Dance To The Radio And Even More For The Leeds And Reading Festivals On 23-25 August 2013

Posted on 25 July 2013

Bbc Introducing Stage, Dance To The Radio And Even More For The Leeds And Reading Festivals On 23-25 August 2013

Glastonbury Festival 2013: Your Guide To The Biggest Clashes!


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With such a ginormous festival site at 900 acres, and plenty of drunken hoardes and muddy puddles to fight through, the simple act of walking from one stage to another can be a difficult task. Throw in a lost mud-sucked welly and inebriated disorientation and you haven't a hope in hell of deftly navigating your way in between acts - even with that overpriced festival lanyard you spent half your first day's budget on.

Glastonbury returns in 2013 after having taking a well needed break in 2012 - the Eavis family, the cows and the grass all had a rest whilst the portaloos and crowd barriers were in London for the Olympics. The festival this year marks it's revival with an exciting line-up, including The Rolling Stones, Mumford & Sons, Arctic Monkeys, Chic feat. Nile Rodgers, Chase and Status, and Public Enemy.

However, with all star-packed line-ups comes inevitable clashes: fan of both Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds AND Smashing Pumpkins? Too bad - they're both on around 20:30 on the Sunday with a good half mile hike between stages, meaning you'll have to forego one sullen frontman for another.

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Reading & Leeds Festival Announce Even More Names For 2013 Skindred, Lower Than Atlantis Plus Many More..

Posted on 26 April 2013

Reading & Leeds Festival Announce Even More Names For 2013 Skindred, Lower Than Atlantis Plus Many More..

Scott Hutchison - Scottish indie rock band, Frightened Rabbit performing at the Barrowlands - Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom - Thursday 28th February 2013

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A Week In Music - Eels Back On Form With 'Wonderful, Glorious, Frightened Rabbit Album Uncomfortable Listening, Depeche Mode's Broody New Video


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Albums of Note... Mark Oliver Everett (better known as ‘E’) returns as eels, with new album Wonderful, Glorious. It’s a return to the form that we saw from Eels in the ‘90s. In recent years, Eels albums have been a rather bleak affair, as Everett has had to deal with the death of his parents, his sister and his cousin, all in a relatively short space of time. Wonderful, Glorious sees Eels get some of the fight back – literally, in ‘Kinda Fuzzy,’ in which he snarls “don’t mess with me I’m up for a fight.”“this teeth-grit, eyes ahead attitude is something we've come to expect from Eels, and Wonderful, Glorious is at its best when he's at his growliest… By the end you even sense a form of happiness has fallen upon this most maligned performer…"

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Frightened Rabbit have parted ways with Brighton indie label Fat Cat and release their third album Pedestrian Verse on Atlantic Records. With most of the album’s tracks having been written around the time of Scott Hutchinson’s relationship breakup, it can make for a pretty uncomfortable listen at times. With a new producer at the helm the band seem to have developed a more free-flowing musical ideal, even if the emotions contained within are high in intensity.“In summary, 'Pedestrian Verse' can perhaps best be described as the sound of Frightened Rabbit doing what they do best. Just how many more fall outs and break-ups Scott Hutchison can through to continue the cycle remains to be seen, but for now this is up there alongside 'The Midnight Organ Fight' as one of the band's finest collections to date.”

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Frightened Rabbit - Pedestrian Verse Album Review


Having created what many see as your definitive statement, coup de grace, or indeed whatever kind of superlative adjective numerous commentators choose to bestow on such a grandiose artefact, its difficult to envisage from where the next spate of divine inspiration will emerge. Certainly that was a fate Frightened Rabbit found themselves faced with not so long back. When second album 'The Midnight Organ Fight' dropped in 2008, it heralded their arrival as contenders for major league status. Oozing in dark, self-referential lyrics amid a musical backdrop capable of switching from the full-on dichotomy of 'Fast Blood' to the stripped down bleakness contained within 'My Backwards Walk' or 'The Modern Leper'. It wasn't so much the sound of a band reaching maturity but more about discovering a new found confidence to bare all; flesh, blood and soul; for the sake of something called art.

Frightened Rabbit - Pedestrian Verse Album Review

Which brings us onto the next chapter. Not so much maligned, but certainly a minor disappointment given the weight of expectation surrounding its arrival, 2010's follow-up 'The Winter Of Mixed Drinks' proved to be something of mixed bag in comparison to its predecessor. Initially more immediate than 'The Midnight Organ Fight', from a musical perspective at any rate, it somehow failed to convey the same emotions as their previous record and in hindsight feels as though it were a deliberate attempt to rid the band of the "dour miserablists" tags many observers had adorned them with. 

So here we are, a further three years having passed for what marks a brand new chapter of new beginnings in the Frightened Rabbit story. Now fully fledged major label artists, having parted ways with Brighton independent Fat Cat on completion of 'The Winter Of Mixed Drinks', the final contractual obligation with their former suitors. They've also severed ties with long term associate Peter Katis, producer of their last two records and partly responsible for honing the band's distinguishable sound, if not identity. In his place is Leo Abrahams whose recent credits include David Byrne & Brian Eno's 'Everything That Happens Will Happen Today', a record he also co-wrote and played on several tracks. What Abrahams seems to have augmented is a looser, less stifled climate for the band to operate in. What entails is an at times free-flowing vehicle; musically at any rate; for some of Frightened Rabbit's most unravelling prose thus far.

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Frightened Rabbit - Saturday 17th July 2010 at Latitude Festival Suffolk, England

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Frightened Rabbit - Saturday 10th July 2010 at T In The Park Balado, Scotland

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