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Frank Turner: The Modern Leper (Frightened Rabbit cover)

Another Record Store Day has come and gone. I’m less willing these days to wake up early and fight crowds, not to mention kill my knees by squatting to flip through records (I’m old, OK?).

Still, I was able snag what I really wanted on Saturday at Stinkweeds with the Built to Spill Live album on vinyl. I would have been overjoyed if I was able to find the At the Drive-In Relationship of Command reissue and/or the Frightened Rabbit Midnight Organ Fight reissue. But the reality is this: I rolled in at 11:30 a.m. There wasn’t a chance in hell there’d be any left for me, and that’s OK.

But just when I’m coming to grips with this, I see this cover of “The Modern Leper” by the English folk/punk rabble-rouser Frank Turner, who tackled the song at a Record Store Day in-store performance, and I’m reminded again of just how great Midnight Organ Fight is – my favorite of 2008.

Even Frightened Rabbit took notice.

Frightened Rabbit: Backyard Skulls (video)


I’m ashamed to admit that my last post on Frightened Rabbit was in August 2011. I mean, we had such a good thing going. But last year’s State Hospital EP slipped through the cracks, and now the band comes roaring back with Pedestrian Verse, the band’s fourth full-length studio album and first for a major label (Atlantic).

I ask for forgiveness – and I also ask that the band return to play Phoenix again (we have such great memories).

Let’s start my road to redemption by posting this video for “Backyard Skulls,” a song off Pedestrian Verse, which along with Light Up Gold by Parquet Courts, has so far commanded most of my attention in 2013. Here the band performs at what appears to be the remnants of some high school dance, a seemingly innocent scene set against the sort of harsh truths for adulthood to come: “Backyard skulls / deep beneath the ground / those backyard skulls / are not deep enough to never be found.”

Stream new Frightened Rabbit tracks


On Monday, we’re going to see Death Cab for Cutie for the first time in a long while, but it’s the opener, Frightened Rabbit, that’s really luring us in.

Having seen the band twice at the Rhythm Room (about 300-350 capacity) and then once at the Clubhouse (500), this is a sizable step up to the roughly 5,000-capacity Comerica Theatre. The group’s anthemic sounds deserve a place this big in which to expand.

While on the road, Frightened Rabbit has been selling a tour-only EP that contains three songs, one of which, “Scottish Wind,” has already gotten the live treatment earlier this summer. The two other tracks feature guest spots: Camera Obscura’s Tracyanne Campbell on “Fuck This Place” and Scottish folk singer Archie Fisher on “The Work.”

Stream all three below (via Prefix via Consequence of Sound):

Frightened Rabbit – “Scottish Wind”:

Frightened Rabbit (feat. Tracyanne Campbell) – “Fuck This Place”:

Frightened Rabbit (feat. Archie Fisher) – “The Work”: