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.”
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