Frontman Scott Hutchinson on how to keep inter-band relations happy and harmonious.
“I guess being in a band is kinda like a marriage,” laughs Scott Hutchinson, frontman to Scottish giants Frightened Rabbit, who recently released a new EP, 'Late March, Death March,' via Atlantic.
This summer marks the hirsute singer’s 10th year of heartstring-tugging at the helm of the five-piece, whose confessional, guitar-led nocturnes have found their way onto prime-time dramas like 'One Tree Hill,' 'Grey’s Anatomy' and '90210,' catapulting them into arenas and onto magazine covers.
It’s a milestone, he claims, that he’ll be celebrating over a quiet drink alone. “It’s actually been only four of five years of us as a proper band,” says Hutchinson. “Before that, when this started, it was just me, really. It’ll be a bit of a lonely party.”
But in an era where most bands seem to roar into view on a wave of hype only to disappear two albums later, Frightened Rabbit are going the distance. “Aye, we’ll be doing this till fucking death do us part!” he chuckles again.
With a hotly awaited Red Bull Sound Select show at The House Of Blues in Los Angeles just days away (Saturday, July 27), we caught up with Hutchinson for the inside track on keeping that marriage alive...
1. Give Each Other Space
Or, as Hutchinson puts it rather more bluntly: “You need to know when to shut the fuck up and stop bloody nattering. It sounds really trivial but one of the reasons we’ve been able to survive without killing one another is that in the van, we don’t talk to one another. You need to let each other have their own headspace. It’s really important. We’d have definitely bashed each other’s heads in by now otherwise.”
2. Be a Swinger, Baby
When it comes to bands, monogamy is overrated, says Hutchinson. “I’ve done a fair few duets and collaborations with other acts and artists across the years. It’s a really good way to broaden your horizons, pick up new ideas and keep creative. It’s certainly helped keep Frightened Rabbit fresh. So yeah, you could say I’ve cheated a few times. I’m not endorsing cheating on your actual partner, though, by the way.”
3. Keep on Keepin’ On
“If I could go back in time and give our younger selves one piece of advice, it’d be to sit tight, keep doing what you’re doing and not to worry about anything else,” says Hutchinson. “Even now, that’s all we can do as a band. We’ve got a busy summer of festivals planned, playing to audiences who maybe won’t have heard of us. It’ll be a challenge, but a good one. You can start worrying how you’re going to go down or you can just get up there onstage, be yourselves and do what you do.”
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