Frank Turner, Belle & Sebastian, The National, Franz Ferdinand & more pay tribute to Scott Hutchison
Frightened Rabbit frontman Scott Hutchison was reported missing earlier this week, and today the tragic news was reported that his body was found. Tributes from fellow musicians and artists are already pouring in.
Frank Turner posted the picture above and wrote, “What a life. What a shining, beautiful life. I remember Scott giving great Scottish hugs, cracking jokes, apologising for being drunk, always being kind. He lit up the sky with his voice, his songs, his heart, and I will forever be in awe of his genius. He was the kind of guy who, if he came up in conversation, people would talk over each other, in a hurry to say how wonderful he was. He was my friend and today I am heartbroken. Talk to someone, don’t try to keep it all inside.”
Stuart Murdoch of Belle & Sebastian tweeted, “Tragic news about Scott Hutchison. The whole music community in Scotland was praying for a different outcome. Folks, if you are up against it, having dark thoughts, please tell someone, family, a friend or a doctor. There is always another way, though it might not seem like it.”
Aaron Dessner of The National wrote “Devastated Scott is gone. My heart goes out to his family and bandmates. A dear soul and a brilliant songwriter. RIP #scotthutchison” and “Everyone listen to Scott’s songs today — he navigated the depths of despair with such power, beauty and poetry. RIP #scotthutchison.” and “Will always raise a glass to you …way into the night and beyond the grave Scott. RIP.” He added on Instagram, “Will have a hard time thinking about anything for a while but this beautiful man and the songs he leaves behind….songs which explore the depths of human despair with such poetry. I hope they ultimately shine a brighter light on mental issues and how precious, fragile and ephemeral life is.” Aaron’s bandmate/brother Bryce Dessner also tweeted “Devastated by the loss of Scott Hutchison who gave so much with his beautiful music. Sending love to our friends in @FRabbits.”
Will have a hard time thinking about anything for a while but this beautiful man and the songs he leaves behind….songs which explore the depths of human despair with such poetry. I hope they ultimately shine a brighter light on mental health issues and how precious, fragile and ephemeral life is. #scotthutchison
Kevin Devine quoted a tribute on The Guardian that reads “(Scott’s) music touched his fans because he was fundamentally kind and honest (&) humbly extended a hand of solidarity w/ a wry smile and an open heart,” and added “I am grateful and heartbroken to confirm that to be equally true outside of Scott’s songs, as well. Scott was a warm, bright light, generous, thoughtful, sharp, funny, genuinely curious & giving in friendship. He was good, and he was good. We were going to announce a split release this week, something he eagerly stepped in to be part of, to help me navigate some changed plans & unexpected circumstances. He was like that. He cared. And obviously, we all do too. Nothing smart to say, No neat bow. Just more love & sadness on the pile.
Thank you, Scott.
All and only love to you,
Here are more tweets from Alex Kapranos (of Franz Ferdinand), Stuart Braithwaite (of Mogwai), Snow Patrol, Sarah Silverman, Rob Taylor (of Los Campesinos), alt-J, Geoff Rickly (of Thursday), We Were Promised Jetpacks, Julien Baker, Craig Finn (of The Hold Steady), and more:
Awful news about Scott Hutchison. A terrible loss.
— alex kapranos (@alkapranos) May 11, 2018
I’m lost for words on hearing the awful news about Scott Hutchison. My deepest condolences are with his family and friends. I didn’t know Scott very well but I always enjoyed his company whenever I was in it. He was a lovely, warm talented guy and was loved by so many people.
— stuart braithwaite (@plasmatron) May 11, 2018
We are devastated to hear the news about our friend Scott Hutchison this morning. Sending all our love to his family, friends and band mates in frightened rabbit. Xxx
— Snow Patrol (@snowpatrol) May 11, 2018
I just heard the news about Scott Hutchison. One of Scotland’s most extraordinary song writers. He wrote with such profound insight into loss and longing and listening to his words always made me feel this heady mix of wonder, elation and pain. That pain that also makes you feel someone understands what you’re going through and you don’t feel so alone. He was willing to hurt in his songs so that the listener hurt less. But when you live on the edge of that pain it can sometimes get to be too much to bear. I just wish he knew what he meant to so many. Thank you Scott for every extraordinary song you ever wrote and for the times we shared. Your music brought light to the world and always will. So much love to all your family, band mates and close friends. I am so deeply sorry for their loss. The world is less today without you Scott.x
To @owljohn ‘s brothers and family I’m so sorry. I’m just so sorry.
— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) May 11, 2018
So desperately sad to hear about Scott Hutchison. Watching him play I remember thinking how he just seemed to vibrate with talent. thinking of all my friends who are missing him.
— R Taylor (@sparkydeathcap) May 11, 2018
for all of us, today. https://t.co/xNQbY33ppH
— Geoffrey Rickly (@GeoffRickly) May 11, 2018
Devastating news. Heartbroken. Scott was an amazing guy, an incredible songwriter, and a kind friend. I'm so glad for the time I got to spend with him. Much love to his family, @FRabbits bandmates, friends and fans. https://t.co/ar1ANcUmo4
— Craig Finn (@steadycraig) May 11, 2018
"While I’m alive, I’ll make tiny changes to earth.” Some of my favorite tour memories are being in Glasgow and going out with Frightened Rabbit folks after the shows. It’s kind of a tradition, in both Glasgow and NYC, and always so fun. Last summer I was there and we had an absolutely great night out, hitting a few places after the show, staying out late, talking music and whatever else. I woke up the next morning thinking about how lucky I am to know these people, and how kind they’ve been to me. My friend Fraser shared this photo of me and Scott from that evening. He was so talented, so warm, and so genuine. His songs are often sad, but being in a room singing them along with a crowd made things feel better, even triumphant. I’m listening to Pedestrian Verse now and among all the other feelings, I’m just in awe of the words and songs. I’m so sorry he struggled like he did. Scott Hutchison was a friend and I will miss him terribly. I love you Scott. I love you @frabbits #scotthutchison
To our friend, inspiration and hero, Scott Hutchison. pic.twitter.com/pdNWnxhqAk
— PAWS (@wehavepaws) May 11, 2018
We are deeply saddened by the news of our labelmate Scott Hutchison, and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time. In the UK, you can call the Samaritans on 116 123. In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline is 1-800-273-8255. You are never alone.
— Δ (alt-J) (@alt_J) May 11, 2018
Absolutely heartbroken to hear about Scott from Frightened Rabbits. Look after your friends and look after yourself. There are wonderful organisations you can talk to. Absolutely devastated. pic.twitter.com/YnOBLq4lXt
— The Spook School (@spookschool) May 11, 2018
All my love to @FRabbits. Scott was an amazing, sweet man and a powerful musician who always had a kind word. I feel so lucky to have known him.
— Josh Ritter (@joshritter) May 11, 2018
“While I’m alive I’ll make tiny changes to Earth.” He did. If you know our band it’s probably because of Scott. To us he was an inspiration, a role model, a friend, and we love him and will miss him.
— wwpj (@wwpj) May 11, 2018
Devastated at the latest news, along with so many of us. I learned so much, and especially about gratitude, from Scott. Such a gentle soul. Bless you.
— Withered Hand (@witheredhand) May 11, 2018
Really upset by the news about @owljohn. He was an incredibly talented man. Devastating really.
— Tom Gray (@MrTomGray) May 11, 2018
Saddened to hear the news about Scott Hutchison. Our thoughts are with his family and friends. If you need help please speak to someone. https://t.co/bn0ONuqhH7
— Young Fathers (@Youngfathers) May 11, 2018
Scott’s voice & Frightened Rabbit’s music kept me company for years. Sending love and will celebrate his legacy exactly as you wish. https://t.co/dmoFPsvdjW
— ARKELLS (@arkellsmusic) May 11, 2018
Deeply saddened to hear of Scott Hutchison’s passing. My band had the great fun and fortune to play on a bill with Frightened Rabbit (and FR’s and soon-be-our close pals Oxford Collapse) at the Black Cat in Washington, DC years ago. What a joyful night. Unparalleled performance. pic.twitter.com/RTSs1oBfH6
— conrad doucette (@conrad) May 11, 2018
farewell scott hutchison. we have no words. thank you @FRabbits for taking us on tour when nobody knew who we were. thank you scott for your courage and your life.
— gang of youths (@gangofyouths) May 11, 2018
I only met Scott Hutchison once, but he went out of his way to be so gracious to me and we had such an immediate rapport that I felt like we were friends, like we’d started a conversation and it was just a matter of time and circumstance before we we’d pick it up again. @FRabbits
— john roderick (@johnroderick) May 11, 2018
So sad to hear about the death of the wonderful Scott Hutchison. He was an amazing artist and person. ❤️
— Pete Holmes (@peteholmes) May 11, 2018
Absolutely heartbroken over Scott Hutchison. when is the music industry going to start taking better care of it's own, he gave so much of himself 2 others, 4 it to end by himself like that is beyond devastating. My thoughts & prayers with his family & the Frightened Rabbit family
— JamesVincentMcMorrow (@jamesvmcmorrow) May 11, 2018
been trying to find the right words but there are none; Frightened Rabbit’s music had a huge impact on my life, and what interaction we had was alway marked by such kindness. my heart is broken for this loss and for those who loved and were close to Scott.
— Julien Baker (@julienrbaker) May 13, 2018
Dave Hause posted this thread which is very worth opening and reading in full:
“There is light but there's a tunnel to crawl through
There is love but its misery loves you
There's still hope so I think we'll be fine
In these disastrous times"
— Dave Hause (@hausedave) May 11, 2018
Watch Scott Hutchison cover The National’s “Mistaken For Strangers” in 2016 and watch Frightened Rabbit join The National on stage for “Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks” in 2013:
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