Frightened Rabbit

Frightened Rabbit (10:00 PM)

Arc In Round (9:00 PM)

Fri, October 19, 2012

8:00 pm


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Frightened Rabbit - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
Frightened Rabbit
You are currently reading about Frightened Rabbit. They are a band who live in Glasgow and have done for some time. They record in bedrooms, cupboards and kitchens. Anyone can be in Frightened Rabbit. They have played some live shows in this city, but want to meet people from other cities, in order that they can come and blow into tubes when they play live. Lets keep pop music alive by getting it out of that dress and into a sweater.
With their sophomore outing The Midnight Organ Fight a fixture on 2008’s Best Of The Year circuit, a fanbase increasing in both size and devotion, and multiple sold-out tours of ever-larger venues under their belts, Glasgow-based Frightened Rabbit are releasing their third LP to towering expectations.

The Winter Of Mixed Drinks – a collection of ambitious, moving, and gloriously accomplished songs – more than meets this challenge.

Written during singer/songwriter Scott Hutchison’s self-imposed exile to secluded seaside hamlet Crail, on Scotland’s Fife coastline, The Winter Of Mixed Drinks is speckled with nautical metaphor and imbued with themes of human isolation, resilience, and the mournful triumph of mortality. Though its subject matter often skews toward the dark, redemption – in the form of a joyful choral burst, chiming guitar line, or orchestral swell – is never far away.

Sonically, The Winter Of Mixed Drinks is expansive, airy, gorgeously tarnished; grand like a ballroom in a sunken ocean liner, tipped with blood and rust, gold-flecked and salt-scarred. String arrangements by Frightened Rabbit’s FatCat labelmate, Dusseldorf-based composer/pianist Hauschka, add heft and richness to songs already textured like living organisms.

Album opener “Things” is a slow-burning meditation on mortality, buoyed by an optimistic vocal hook and insistent electronic buzz; first single “Swim Until You Can’t See Land” is a salt-water soak in human determination; ghostly vocals collide over the thrumming heartbeat of frustration-epic “Skip The Youth”; and barnstormers like “Nothing Like You” and “Living In Colour” punctuate the album with celebration and hopeful flight.

The Winter Of Mixed Drinks was producedand mixed by Peter Katis at Tarquin Studios in Connecticut (who also manned the console for Frightened Rabbit’s previous outing), and recorded by Stuart Hamilton at Castlesound Studios in Scotland. In an interview with NME in October, Scott explained: “We've broadened our horizons sonically and it feels like a natural move forward. Most importantly, it’s better than the last one. That's all I wanted, really.”

Frightened Rabbit began in 2003, when Selkirk-born Scott Hutchison began playing solo shows under the name, with his brother Grant eventually joining him on drums and backing vocals. Adding Billy Kennedy on additional guitars and keyboards in 2006, the band remained a power trio through their first two releases, 2007’s Sing The Greys and 2008’s The Midnight Organ Fight; Andy Monaghan (bass, keys, guitar) joined the fray as the band toured to support The Midnight Organ Fight.

Now, in order to facilitate the new material and flesh out the older tunes live, the band has expanded to a five-piece with the addition of new member Gordon Skene (formerly of Make Model). Scott explains: “We want to do the recordings justice when we play them live. Gordon will be playing a bundle of instruments - we just bought a tasty wee mandolin for him to fiddle.”

Scott acknowledges that 2010 is poised to be a pivotal year for the band. “I’ve never been in a position of being aware of an audience of any size that was waiting for our music until now. You have to be aware of it or else it’s totally selfish. Pressure sounds like a negative thing, but it’s quite positive actually.”

Frightened Rabbit will be touring North America widely, including festival appearances, in support of The Winter Of Mixed Drinks.
Arc In Round - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Arc In Round
Formed in Philadelphia in 2009, Arc in Round pull from the layered dissonance and experimentation of Disco Inferno and This Heat, motorik rhythms of Krautrock pioneers Neu and Can, and the more obvious sonic reference points of Broadcast, the Swirlies and My Bloody Valentine. Live, the band takes pains to bring their layered sound out of the studio and onto the stage for an immersive, crisply-executed show. After recently releasing two EPs, "Diagonal Fields" and "II," Arc In Round's eponymous debut LP was released in June 2012. The sprawling record includes guest appearances by Philly luminaries Kurt Vile and Chris Ward of Pattern is Movement, and an extensive collection of remixes by A Sunny Day in Glasgow, Our Brother the Native, Ape School, Benoit Pioulard, Lymbyc Systym, Pink Skull and more.
Venue Information:
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069

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