I first saw Frightened Rabbit supporting Sons & Daughters in Belfast at the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival in, I think, 2008. Cramped into a weird looking marquee tent, a few dozen people had shown up early. They, like me, probably listened to the advice of a friend “There is this band you have got to check out”. There was a little album doing the rounds called Midnight Organ Fight, and the more people heard it, the more people bought, it, recommended it to a friend, they bought it, and so on. That’s how bands get big. So it’s 2 and a half years later, a stunningly heartbreaking work of genius called The Winter Of Mixed Drinks is out, and I’ve finally caught up with Frightened Rabbit – specifically frontman Scott Hutchinson.
We had 20 minutes to spare in between soundchecks and doors opening. Fortunately, backstage at the The Empire in Belfast is.. cavernous to say the least. Cavernous and, paradoxically, crowded, as you’ll see, its easy to run into the same people more than once..
Frightened Rabbit were on a short UK & Ireland tour – they’ll probably be back next year with more shows and more heartache. In the meantime, enjoy this gem..
Camera/Edit: Will McConnell
Sound: Joe Laverty
Filmed at The Empire, Belfast in December 2010