We followed the Scottish group Frightened Rabbit over a 10-year-period and even got to see them once, thankfully. Mesmerizing singer and lyricist Scott Hutchison was painfully depressed yet managed to produce a great deal of intense, moving, sometimes hilarious music detailing his various mental challenges.
Unfortunately, last year Scott took his own life. The band had been gaining momentum due to their album “Painting of a Panic Attack”, which to my ears was their best. I remember at the time that Scott had moved to Los Angeles, had a girlfriend, and things seemed brighter. But it wasn’t to last.
Now comes a tribute album, “Tiny Changes: A Celebration of Frightened Rabbit’s ‘The Midnight Organ Fight'” covering their second album. It wasn’t intended as a posthumous tribute. Scott was alive when the album was being made and heard all of the tracks.
Here’s a superlative single from “Painting of a Panic Attack” called “Get Out”.
Last December, a tribute concert was held at Rough Trade New York. Here, two members of the crew on “Tiny Changes”, Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie and Aaron Dressner of The National, do “My Backwards Walk” (although they perform on other songs on “Tiny Changes”).