For whatever reason, the album I listened to most while in New York last week was Frightened Rabbit’s The Midnight Organ Fight (I swear, if one more person calls it The Midnight Organ FLIGHT … ).
Anyway, there’s nothing at all New York about the record, so I can’t really say why I listened to it on repeat. I do find Scottish accents sort of endearing, but it’s obviously more than that – the emotion, the depression, the anger (“I’m armed with the past, and the will, and a brick / I might not want you back, but I want to kill him.”). Powerful stuff.
So, of course, I did a YouTube search for some more Frightened Rabbit material. Here’s a live clip of the group performing Backwards Walk (one of my favorite tracks – “You’re the shit and I’m knee-deep in it”) with a dash of the National’s Fake Empire serving as an introduction. (Makes sense, considering Peter Katis worked on Midnight Organ and previous National records.)
Remember: Frightened Rabbit and Oxford Collapse at the Rhythm Room in Phoenix on June 24.