Music: Frightened Rabbit makes beautiful Scottish break-up songs

Posted by Dan January 27th, 2009 at 09:36am In Grey's Anatomy The Funk

There’s something disheartening about falling in love with a band and then finding out — after the fact — that they were already on Grey’s Anatomy.

Last season.

But I really shouldn’t let that psych me out. After all, a good song is a good song and the fact that Grey’s Anatomy is a ridiculous show doesn’t negate the fact that the people who do the song licensing get it spot-on much of the time (that is, when they’re not spinning their wheels with piano-based teen songstresses).

Frightened Rabbit is a wonderful Scottish band that I’ve grown to love, literally, over the past four hours. Fronted by two brothers named Hutchison, the songs on their second album (The Midnight Organ Fight, released early last year) are lilting break-up anthems. Sample lyrics: “I am armed with the past, and the will, and a brick/ I might not want you back, but I want to kill him.”

The lyrics aren’t shy on four-letter words, but they’re clearly borne of frustration. Plus, it’s hard to get offended when you hear Scott Hutchison’s charming brogue. Maybe it’s just me, but I am completely helpless against a Scottish accent.

Here’s the video for one of the best (if not the very best) songs on the album, Heads Roll Off. It features adorable wee Scottish schoolchildren.

PS – This band sort of reminds me of Counting Crows, which makes me feel uncomfortable.  Like Adam Duritz and his cheeks and his white guy dreads are just masquerading as Scottish folk-rocksters. So now I’ve put that in your head so you can feel uncomfortable too. You’re welcome.

1 Comment

  • 1. John Walker  |  January 27th, 2009 at 4:07 am

    Their music appeared twice in the first half of Chuck’s second season too.

    In fact, quite remarkably, they played almost the whole length of Keep Yourself Warm, with some rather awkward backward masking and edits to keep it sanitary, as Chuck boinked Jill.


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