Frightened Rabbit @ Pitchfork Festival 2009 (more by Joseph Xu)
Frightened Rabbit

Spin: Why Frightened Rabbit? "When I first started playing," says singer-guitarist Scott Hutchison, "I was a solo act and, unfortunately, Scott Hutchison is not a catchy band name at all. I thought of Frightened Rabbit because it was a nickname given to me by my mum when I was younger. I was incredibly shy as a child, almost chronically so. My parents would take me to their friends' houses and I'd be expected to play with their kids -- I guess the idea was to socialize me -- but I had no interest. These kids weren't my friends. Why did I have to play with them? I'd end up just sitting silently by myself.

So out of that, my mum called me her frightened rabbit. When I started to play with the other guys in the band, we didn't other finding a new name.

Frightened Rabbit' third LP, The Winter Of Mixed Drinks, is scheduled for a March 9th release on FatCat Records. The first single off that, "Nothing Like You," comes out February 23rd. The song is streaming at Fat Cat, and a video of the guys playing it on top of a movie theater in London is posted below. The new record is their first full-length release since 2008's The Midnight Organ Fight - Winter was recorded by the band and "mixed by Peter Katis (The Twilight Sad, The National, We Were Promised Jetpacks etc) in Connecticut."

Frightened Rabbit come to the US for SXSW in March. Then they'll be back for post-Coachella shows in April and May. The trip, which runs across North America, stops at NYC's Webster Hall on April 28th. tickets are on sale Friday at noon.

All tour dates, artwork for the new single, the above-mentioned video and one of the band doing the Christmas song "Walking in the Air" are below...

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Frightened Rabbit - Walking in the Air

Frightened Rabbit

Frightened Rabbit - 2010 Tour Dates
Feb 02 - Metro Theatre Sydney, New South Wales %
Feb 03 - The Filth @ Beach Road Hotel Sydney
Feb 04 - The Palais Melbourne %
Mar 04 - Duchess York, UK
Mar 05 - Club Academy Manchester, Uk
Mar 06 - West End Centre Aldershot, UK
Mar 08 - Thekla Bristol, UK
Mar 09 - Academy 2 Oxford
Mar 10 - Koko London, UK
Mar 12 - Academy 2 Birmingham, UK
Mar 13 - Leadmill 2 Sheffield, UK
Mar 14 - Arts Centre Norwich, UK
Mar 17 - Austin, Texas @ SXSW
Mar 18 - Austin, Texas @ SXSW
Mar 19 - Austin, Texas @ SXSW
Mar 20 - Austin, Texas @ SXSW
Apr 17 - Indio, Calif. @ Coachella
Apr 19 - Tempe, Ariz. @ The Clubhouse
Apr 21 - Houston, Texas @ Walters
Apr 22 - Dallas, Texas @ Loft @ Palladium Ballroom
Apr 23 - Little Rock, Ark. @ Revolution
Apr 24 - Atlanta, Ga. @ The Masquerade
Apr 25 - Carrboro, N.C. @ Cat's Cradle
Apr 27 - Washington, D.C. @ Black Cat
Apr 28 - New York, N.Y. @ Webster Hall
Apr 29 - Boston, Mass. @ Paradise
Apr 30 - Philadelphia, Pa. @ First Unitarian Church
May 03 - Montreal, QC @ Petit Campus
May 04 - Toronto, ONT @ Opera House
May 06 - Newport, Ky. @ Southgate House
May 07 - St. Louis, Mo. @ The Old Rock House
May 08 - Chicago, Ill. @ Metro
May 09 - Milwaukee, Wisc. @ Pabst Theatre
May 10 - Minneapolis, Minn. @ Varsity Theater
May 12 - Denver, Colo. @ Bluebird Theatre
May 13 - Salt Lake City, Utah @ Urban Lounge
May 15 - Vancouver, B.C. @ Biltmore Cabaret
May 16 - Seattle, Wash. @ Neumo's Crystal Ball Reading Room
May 17 - Portland, Ore. @ Berbati's Pan
May 19 - San Francisco, Calif. @ The Fillmore
May 22 - San Diego, Calif. @ Casbah
% w/ Echo and the Bunnymen

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