Frightened Rabbit tribute album coming (listen to Julien Baker & Biffy Clyro covers)
Frightened Rabbit are releasing Tiny Changes: A Celebration of The Midnight Organ Fight, an album of covers of songs from the classic album, recorded last year in celebration of the album’s 10th anniversary. The album features covers by some of the artists who performed at the Scott Hutchison tribute show in Brooklyn, including Julien Baker, Craig Finn, Ben Gibbard, and Aaron Dessner (who collabed with CHVRCHES’ Lauren Mayberry for this), plus covers by other friends and peers of the band like Manchester Orchestra, The Twilight Sad, Biffy Clyro, Oxford Collapse, Josh Ritter, Peter Katis, Wintersleep, Daughter, Jeff Zeigler, Katie Harkin & Sarah Silverman, and Piano Bar Fight. The surviving members of Frightened Rabbit said in a statement:
To celebrate the 10 year anniversary/birthday of The Midnight Organ Fight we wanted to avoid the usual approach of just repressing the vinyl or rereleasing the same record with different artwork or putting out demos that were never meant to be heard by anyone other than the band and maybe our parents. We came up with the idea of asking some pals to record their own interpretations of the songs on the album. It felt like a good way to celebrate everyone who had been a part of the last ten years of the band and we didn’t have to do any work ourselves! Every single person on Tiny Changes has been a part of our lives and Frightened Rabbit in a special way over the last ten years. We’ve shared studios, vans, bars, dressing rooms and probably even underwear with some of these people and that’s why this record is so special to us.
Scott was a vital part of bringing this album together and it’s something he was very excited about and worked hard to bring to life. He listened to and approved every track on there with us and he had already started preparing the artwork which you’ll see on there (if you buy it). This is a celebration of a record that connected thousands of people to Scott and connected thousands of people to each other and ten years on it is still managing to do it. Scott would probably have put in some joke here about when the album hits puberty and starts rebelling by smoking weed and getting things pierced. We’re not that funny so instead let’s just raise a glass, blow out the candles and make a wish.
We wish the album was available for pre-order tomorrow and that it will come out July 12th and you’ll be able to listen to two covers of Modern Leper straight away when you pre-order! Now we’ve told you it probably won’t come true but we’ll keep everything crossed for you.
Grant, Andy, Simon and Billy x
The album is indeed available for pre-order and the first two songs are out now, Julien Baker’s and Biffy Clyro’s very different and very worthwhile takes on “The Modern Leper.” Listen to both and see the full tracklist below.
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1. The Modern Leper – Biffy Clyro
2. I Feel Better – Oxford Collapse
3. Good Arms vs Bad Arms – Fiskur
4. Fast Blood – Right On Dynamite
5. Old Old Fashioned – Josh Ritter
6. The Twist – Wintersleep
7. Bright Pink Bookmark – Peter Katis
8. Head Rolls Off – Craig Finn
9. My Backwards Walk – Katie Harkin & Sarah Silverman
10. Keep Yourself Warm – Benjamin Gibbard
11. Extrasupervery – Jeff Zeigler
12. Poke – Daughter
13. Floating In The Forth – The Twilight Sad
14. Who’d You Kill Now – Aaron Dessner & Lauren Mayberry
15. The Modern Leper – Julien Baker
16. The Twist – Piano Bar Fight
17. My Backwards Walk – Manchester Orchestra