watch Ben Gibbard, Julien Baker, Craig Finn, Kevin Devine, Aaron Dessner at Frightened Rabbit tribute
Last night (12/5) at Rough Trade NYC, Julien Baker, Aaron Dessner, Kevin Devine, Craig Finn and Ben Gibbard came together to perform the songs of Frightened Rabbit frontman Scott Hutchison, who sadly took his own life earlier this year. The night ended with the whole group performing "Death Dream," "Old Old Fashioned," and "Swim Until You Can't See Land" together, and before that, the musicians played in various solo, duo, and trio formats. Jenny Eliscu was the evening's MC.
Kevin Devine started the night, doing "Break" and "400 Bones" solo, and "I Wish I Was Sober" with Julien Baker. Craig Finn then played "Heads Roll Off" and "Twist" solo, then "Acts of Man" with piano accompaniment from Christian Gibbs. Julien played "Holy" solo, then "The Woodpile" and "Nitrous Gas" with Aaron Dessner. Ben Gibbard did "Keep Yourself Warm" with Julien and Aaron, and "My Backwards Walk" with Aaron, before bringing everyone out for the aforementioned "Death Dream." All of the performances were very moving, and you can watch video of them (except "Break" which we haven't seen video of yet) below. Setlist below as well.
In related news, surviving members of Frightened Rabbit are playing their first show together since Scott's death in Scotland this weekend with James from The Twilight Sad and other guest vocalists.
I Wish I Was Sober (with Julien Baker)
Heads Roll Off
Acts of Man (with Christian Gibbs)
Nitrous Gas (with Aaron Dessner))
Woodpile (with Aaron Dessner)
Keep Yourself Warm (with Julien Baker and Aaron Dessner)
My Backwards Walk (with Aaron Dessner)
Encore with everyone:
Swim Until You Can’t See Land
Old, Old Fashioned