Scott Hutchison: interview

PEDESTRIAN CROSSING: Frightened Rabbit have released their fourth record - Pedestrian Verse.

PEDESTRIAN CROSSING: Frightened Rabbit have released their fourth record – Pedestrian Verse.

According to Scott Hutchison, poetic lead singer of Scotland folk-rock group Frightened Rabbit, his ­country and Australia share a defining ­characteristic.

“Both cultures enjoy a beer – that’s one massive similarity,” Hutchison, who is ­enjoying a day off in Newcastle, England, says down the phone line.

“Though I do think that maybe Aussie drinkers are more positive than Scottish ones.

“There’s a misery that pervades Scottish culture that is not so present [in Australia].

“That’s probably down to the amazing weather you have there.”

Hutchison’s band received a warm welcome during their three previous Australian tours, so the decision to join 2013’s Groovin The Moo regional roadshow was a no-brainer.

For fans who have never seen them live, the singer sends word that their gigs are not as melancholy as you might assume from ­listening to the albums.

“It’s much more of a rock show than what people would expect,” Hutchison says.

“We do write some fairly morose, ­miserable songs, but I think the whole show can be unexpectedly uplifting – it’s a joyful thing and you can sing along.

“Hopefully it’s a unifying thing that we do live.”

INTERVIEW CONTINUES HERE

Frightened Rabbit well versed in Australian culture

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