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Frank Turner, Belle & Sebastian, The National, Franz Ferdinand & more pay tribute to Scott Hutchison

Scott Hutchison and Frank Turner

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.”

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,
Your family,
Your band,
Your friends,
Your audience.”

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:

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

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"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

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Dave Hause posted this thread which is very worth opening and reading in full:

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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