PREVIEW: Frightened Rabbit @ Institute, Feb 9th

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Playing the second gig of a 17 date month long tour, Frightened Rabbit come to the Institute on Feb 9th.

Out on the road hocking their new album, ‘Pedestrian Verse’, the Scottish quintet will start off in Norwich on Feb 8th, before coming across to The Midlands the next day.

Released on Feb 4th, ‘Pedestrian Verse’ is Frightened Rabbit’s fourth studio album, and long awaited LP release from their new home at Atlantic Records.

Continuing the band’s dark, brooding rock sound – ‘Pedestrian Verse’ was recorded at the Monnow Valley Studio in Rockfield, South Wales.

The 12 track album (plus three bonus tracks on the Deluxe issue) was written and rehearsed whilst Frightened Rabbit were on tour, eventually making it into the hands of UK producer Leo Abrahams – the 35 year old musician and composer who has worked with Brian Eno, Ed Harcourt, Grace Jones and Nick Cave.

After an initial release on Hits the Fan Records, Frightened Rabbit were a stalwart of Fat Cat – the Brighton based independent, since 2007. Fat Cat also has The Twilight Sad on their books, who recently supported Frightened Rabbit on the West Coast dates of their of North American tour.

But since switching to Atlantic Records in 2010, following their last release on Fat Cat – ‘Winter of Mixed Drinks’, the boys from Selkirk have been quieter than most; with the international major only releasing two EPs from Frightened Rabbit in the past three years: ‘A Frightened Rabbit EP’ (2011), and ‘State Hospital’ (2012).

But taking it slow seems to be the Frightened Rabbit form, with the band growing at an average of one member every 1.2years – its final addition, Gordon Skene, joining in 2009.

And perhaps ‘Pedestrian Verse’, and the February tour to promote it from Exeter to Aberdeen, will be well worth the wait.

Although how much patience Atlantic Records have left, is another issue entirely.

Frightened Rabbit play the Institute on Feb 9th, brought to you by Kilimanjaro Live

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For more on Frightened Rabbit, including the official video for ‘Woodpile’ – the second single from ‘Pedestrian Verse’, visit