The relationship between Scotland and Tennessee can be traced back to the 1800s, but Glasgow-based rock group, Frightened Rabbit is making the acquaintance a more causal one of late.
After performing at 3rd and Lindsley earlier this year, the band will return to the Ryman Auditorium on Monday, Sep. 9, in support of The National on the first date of a new tour.
“We love it there; it’s a place we visited enough, I feel. We’re like one day I’d like to be on that stage. We’re aware of the history and the venue. It’s a big moment for any band to be there,” member Scott Hutchison said about performing at the iconic Ryman Auditorium.
“We’re huge fans of theirs, and I’m glad we get to watch their set,” he added about the billing with The National.
Frightened Rabbit is no stranger to hard work and dedication as this will mark their 14th tour in the United States and they also keep steady bookings in their native land.
“Touring is essential for us to get where we are. I think the more you can get in front of people and show them where they come from, the better. The more we work on the road, the more the word spreads. It’s old fashion, but it’s the best way to do it and I’m glad we put the work in,” Hutchison said.
The bookings and tours have paid off this year with the song “The Woodpile” from their album “Pedestrian Verse.” It has been played without too much interruption in the Nashville market and had much success through other markets as well.
Hutchison noted the group is not really known as a band to produce singles and claimed it was first a standard track, but also understood its worth and place in their catalog at the same time.
“We haven’t been a singles band, people pick their songs independently. It’s one of those people are waiting for – that one song. But it’s given us so much coverage over the year. It’s a great moment in the set,” Hutchison stated.
“The Woodpile,” along with other cuts like “Late March, Death March” and “Nitrous Gas,” are a few of the top tracks on “Pedestrian Verse” and the album is one the group took a different angle with in the recording process.
All songs were written in a house in the Highlands in Scotland and were road tested before they ever saw the life of an album.
“We were going to play the album live and get comfortable with it. We wanted to develop the songs and play them live before we ever recorded them. By the time we got to the studio, we were familiar with them,” Hutchison said.
This is highlighted in a series of YouTube videos from the band in a three-part series called “The Making of Pedestrian Verse.”
Also within this series, the band cited influences in the form of American artists such as Jeff Tweedy and Ryan Adams, two familiar faces who are regarded as visionaries in their own right.
“That’s the music I grew up on. They opened up my ears when I was a teenage kid. I was opened to the modern Americana and the way they told stories. There were connections between that and the Scottish folk music,” Hutchison said.
While Scotland and Tennessee have an entire sea that separates them, similarities are always abound when it comes to music. Like the budding music scene taking place in Nashville, Glasgow has produced its own champions as well like Mogwai and Belle and Sebastian.
“It has a huge student population and arts school and it makes us a melting pot for the arts. There’s always something new and you always get a reaction moment. It’s always exciting,” Hutchison said about his homeland.
Although the Ryman show is sold out, there is a good chance Frightened Rabbit will be back in town in the near future given their past tour history of the states. For more information, visit frightenedrabbit.com.