This weekend saw members of Biffy Clyro, The Twilight Sad and more join Frightened Rabbit at a special show in Scotland in memory of late frontman Scott Hutchison. See photos and footage from the show below.
Billed as The Songs of Frightened Rabbit, brother and drummer Grant Hutchison performed with the band’s Billy Kennedy and Andy Monaghan. They were joined by a series of special guests on vocals who also performing prior as special guests, including The Twilight Sad‘s James Graham. Money raised will go to Social Bite, in aid of helping the homeless, as well as the Scott Hutchison Foundation.
The Biffy Clyro frontman joined the band to perform the 2008 song ‘The Modern Leper’ before diving into a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Dancing in the Dark’, while the show also saw Fiskur join them to perform ‘Old Old Fashioned’ and ‘Good Arms vs. Bad Arms’, while Kathryn Joseph leant guest vocals to ‘Get Out’ and ‘Heads Roll Off’, before ending with The Twilight Sad assisting on ‘Be Less Rude’ and ‘Keep Yourself Warm’.
Frightened Rabbit have since posted on Instagram to say that they “felt Scott’s presence in every word that was sung” during the “very special night”. The statement was posted alongside shots from the guest-filled evening. See the band’s message below, along with photos and footage.
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Last night we were part of a very special night to make #tinychanges to Scotland’s homelessness problem. Yes it was only one night and yes people had nice warm sleeping bags and yes most went home to a nice warm house but what a way to highlight the issue. We felt Scott’s presence in every word that was sung with us last night by the incredible folks who joined us on stage and in the whole bandstand. To all those who slept out we applaud you and encourage everyone not to forget those who will be doing the same again tonight and not through choice but because they have nowhere else to go. All our love FR x ? @euanrphoto x
You can see the full setlist from last night’s show below.
Old Old Fashioned (with Fiskur)
Good Arms vs. Bad Arms (with Fiskur)
The Modern Leper (with Simon Neil)
Dancing in the Dark (Bruce Springsteen cover) (with Simon Neil)
Get Out (with Kathryn Joseph)
Head Rolls Off (with Kathryn Joseph)
Be Less Rude (with James Graham & Andy McFarlane from The Twilight Sad)
Keep Yourself Warm (with James Graham & Andy McFarlane from The Twilight Sad)
Speaking of losing Scott, The Twilight Sad’s James Graham told NME: “We’re still going through the ups and downs of losing him, and I don’t think we’ll ever stop, but we keep finding these funny amazing little things that he’d do and say.
“We wouldn’t be the same people if it wasn’t for our relationship with Scott. It’s so weird. Like Seb our new drummer, we know him because of Scott. Our booking agent in America and tour manager, we know because of Scott. So we can thank him for that burden!
“But Scott’s mum said that you’ve got to move forward. We’ve taken that on board, but we have a duty and responsibility to keep Scott’s music and keep sharing it. When we’re around touring, we need to tell people about him.”
Speaking ahead of the event, Grant Hutchison said: “It seemed like the right thing to do, and like a natural thing to do – to make a positive thing out of something that personally was a very tragic event – to be able to help two charities and two causes, and also to play with people that are good friends.
“I don’t think it’s something I can really prepare for. It’s going to be highly emotional, but I think the setting for it, both physically and the fact that it’s a charity event for Social Bite, means it’s a positive way to do that for the first time.”
This comes after this week saw members of Death Cab For Cutie, The National and more come together for a special tribute show to Scott Hutchison in New York.
Earlier this year, Grant gave his first interview since Scott’s passing to deliver a powerful and emotional message about mental health.
Frightened Rabbit released six albums together, while Scott also had a solo album under the name Owl John.
Last month, his other band Mastersystem shared the video for ‘Old Team’ in his memory. Formed as a side-project with Frightened Rabbit bandmate Grant Hutchison along with Editors‘ Justin Lockey and Minor Victories’ bandmate James, Mastersystem released their acclaimed debut album ‘Dance Music‘ back in April.
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