Frightened Rabbit Discuss ‘Pedestrian Verse’

Scott Hutchison performs with Frightened Rabbit in London, September 2012. Photo: Helen Boast/Redferns

Last week Scottish rock act Frightened Rabbit announced the followup to their 2010 breakthrough, The Winter of Mixed Drinks. Dubbed Pedestrian Verse, the 12-song set is their major label full-length debut for Atlantic/Canvasback and features the band writing together for the first time as a five-piece unit. Leo Abrahams (Brian Eno, Ed Harcourt) took on production duties, and the songs were recorded while the band lived together in some “big houses in Scotland.” Exactly where is the new Frightened Rabbit headed?  Hive caught up with the band’s lead vocalist Scott Hutchison to learn what to expect from Pedestrian Verse.

This fall Frightened Rabbit released an EP called State Hospital. Is that song indicative of what we can expect from the new album?

We chose that track because it felt like a good bridge between the last album and this one in terms of the sound and the content. Although I think a lot of the ideas that were in “State Hospital” are in the new record. Some of the ideas on “State Hospital” have been stretched a bit on the new record. I think there are definitely weirder elements than that song on the album, but we felt it was a crossing point. So there are clues there, but it’s not the entire story.

What are some of the ideas the new record shares with “State Hospital”?

A lot of what I’ve written about in the past has been centered around my own life. It’s a classic thing: When you spend your life in a band on tour, your life becomes much less interesting to write about. It’s not a bad life, but I don’t think anyone wants to hear songs about me being on a bus, then going and playing shows, and having a good time. A lot of what I fed off in the past were moments of turmoil in my life, and there were less of those. I spent so long writing about what I knew, and who I was, and what was going on in my life that I just wanted to see if they could turn my hand to something wider.

Stream the State Hospital EP below:

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