For one reason or another, the members of indie-rock group Frightened Rabbit have thought it best to keep a lot of things to themselves. Rather than take what some might consider to be the far more sound approach in a business dependent on constant, up-close exposure, this quiet trio has instead done the exact opposite, letting little escape publicly about who they are and where they come from. With a lack of promotional press leaving almost no concrete information to go off of, the only things that are known about this particular band is that they’re from Glasgow and that the group is comprised of two brothers, Grant and Scott, and a friend called Billy.
Yet despite Frightened Rabbit’s unusual affinity for leaving new listeners in the dark, there is something revealing about the band in its debut effort Sing the Greys. One such informal introduction occurs in the band’s standout track “Music Now.” With the drum kit’s floor tom offering a constant down-beat thump, as if pounding on a door that just won’t open, these young Scots progress with a controlled outcry. Singing “make your music / Make it so loud and so trite” above an acoustic guitar’s bright ring, Frightened Rabbit acknowledge the modern music scene as something they do not want to be a part of. Songs like “Be Less Rude” continue this biting-of-the-thumb towards artistic self-importance. “This is what we need,” the lyrics begin, “a line in the sand / I will cross to here before the tide comes in.” With the hum of a harmonica throughout, the inclusion of a brisk, running-step guitar hook, and the occasional plinking of piano keys in the background, the band eventually forgoes any kind of unnecessary subtlety and just tells it like it is: “you’re sitting on your high horse and you’re spouting high horse shite.”
While Frightened Rabbit certainly have a few anti-establishment stances, they should not be pigeon-holed as a couple of guys full of lo-fi piss and vinegar. Songs like “Behave,” demonstrate that they are simply content with their independence, content with their particular musical control and ownership. The members of Frightened Rabbit probably don’t want reveal anything about who they are because once they do, they’ll lose the last remnant, the feeling of simply sitting together playing for no one but themselves. Who could blame them? It’s something difficult for any artist to find again once it’s lost.
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