One of Scotland’s Greatest Rock Bands, Frightened Rabbit Is A Group You Really Should Be Listening To
While Frightened Rabbit’s 2008 sophomore album “The Midnight Organ Fight” may no longer be a new release, it is a terrifically exceptional indie-rock album that deserves of your attention and a spot on your playlist.
The first time I heard Frightened Rabbit was just over three years ago when “Keep Yourself Warm” aired as melodic narration to ending of a particularly pivotal episode of NBC’s spy dramedy Chuck. After that moment, I knew I needed to hear more from this group and so began an appreciation of this folksy Scotish indie-rock band that still holds true today . What initially drew me to the song? The lyrics were captivating and perhaps most importantly told a story that was easily relatable through the melodic highs and lows of the accompanying music.
Scott Hutchison who is the lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist, and lyricist of the group speaks to the listener’s soul with his evocative lyrics that fit perfectly into the instrumentals created by guitarist and bassist Billy Kennedy, guitarist Andy Monaghan, and drummer Grant Hutchison on their second studio album The Midnight Organ Fight released in 2008. (Note: In 2009 after the release of The Midnight Organ Fight, Frightened Rabbit added keyboardist Gordon Skene who is currently still with the band.)
The Midnight Organ Fight as a whole is an album literally filled with songs that should have been chart topping hits, but have instead found critical praise from the music community and critics at large. Lyricist and lead-singer Scott Hutchison’s heavy Scottish vocals ring true with emotion and serve to captivate the listener, lulling them into a relaxed and positively introspective state of mind. Qualities which lend themselves to making this an album that can easily be listened all the way through multiple times without boring of it. Stand-out tracks amidst a well rounded set include The Modern Leper, Old Old Fashioned, The Twist, My Backwards Walk and Keep Yourself Warm.
My only complaint with The Midnight Organ Fight is that it is stacked at the beginning of the album with lyrically and instrumentally strong songs like “Modern Leper”, “I Feel Better”, and “Old Old Fashioned” that the ending four songs on the album feel like a weak outro to an overtly brilliant album.