The passing of Frightened Rabbit frontman Scott Hutchison has sent a seismic shock throughout the music community. An honest, open-hearted songwriter, Hutchison’s words meant so much to so many, inspiring and devastating in equal measure.
It’s in a live setting that those songs came into their own. A powerful performer, Scott nevertheless peppered his sets with just the right dose of humour to offset the at-times bleak musical output of Frightened Rabbit and his side-projects.
In celebration of Scott’s life, we’ve collected a handful of his very best performances, to remember an incomparable talent and a musician whose legacy deserves to live on indefinitely.
‘The Modern Leper’ in an intimate setting
In a tucked-away corner of the leafy End Of The Road festival site, Scott took to a makeshift stage solo for a whites-of-his-eyes performance of ‘The Modern Leper’. It was a memorable moment for all – not least because he insisted on staying behind afterwards to speak to every fan that’d come down, and narrowly avoided missing his band’s main festival set in the process.
‘Swim Until You Can’t See Land’ in, er, lycra
An odd one, but the best evidence of Scott’s infectious sense of humour. Alongside Admiral Fallow’s Louis Abbott, he once again picked up the acoustic for a stripped-back run-through of ‘Swim Until You Can’t See Lannd’. Only this time, they were in full-body lycra Morphsuits. Of course.
Mistaken For Strangers (The National cover)
An avid fan of The National, Scott’s take on his favourite band’s music is every bit as essential as the original. Packed with the same emotional punch as Frightened Rabbit’s own music, it’s a stunning tribute.
‘Keep Yourself Warm’ from the pulpit
Terrible photo but one of my favourite live moments of all time. Scott singing Keep Yourself Warm from the pulpit at St John At Hackney Church. A really special show. pic.twitter.com/rUK2xcf5M1
— Jon Moore (@JonMoore88) May 11, 2018
At an intimate 2016 show in yielded perhaps the most magical Scott Hutchison performance of all. Taking to the pulpit of St John At Hackney Church in East London, the singer belted out quintessential Frabbit track ‘Keep Yourself Warm’ to an adoring congregation. The lack of online footage is testament to how special the moment was. It’s one that will surely live on in the hearts of all attendees for decades to come.