Who? Brothers Scott (vocals/ guitar) and Grant (drums/vocals) have been warbling their way around Glasgow venues since 2004, but Frightened Rabbit couldn’t nail their unique style of unpretentious indie-rock until Billy (keyboard/vocals/ accordion) joined in 2006. In October 2007, the surname-less trio released their debut full-length Sing the Greys stateside via the Fat Cat imprint.
What’s the Deal? Unlike fellow Glasgow natives Belle and Sebastian and Camera Obscura, Frightened Rabbit keep their arrangements simple and unpolished (think Okkervil River and Grizzly Bear), and generally two guitars accompanied by sparse drums and a few keys. “Music Now” is a minimalist masterpiece of childlike, sing-song vocals and a distant chorus (think Modest Mouse or the Music Tapes). “Go-Go Girls” enters with a metronomic rim-roll and the catchiest hook on the record, Scott’s vocals increase in volume and intensity as keyboard and a second guitar melody appear, and the song just builds until it feels like your floor is shaking. The bonus live-version of the “The Greys” will, despite the dismal-sounding name, make you glad to be alive.
Fun Fact: Scott and Grant’s favorite food is the Scotch Egg: a hard-boiled egg wrapped in sausage meat, dipped in egg whites, breaded and deep-fried. Is your mouth watering?
Now Hear This:Frightened Rabbit – “Be Less Rude” DOWNLOAD MP3
Talk: Does Frightened Rabbit have you singing the ‘Greys?’