SELKIRK’S biggest musical export Frightened Rabbit insist there are no nerves ahead of the release of their fourth and most anticipated album.
Pedestrian Verse comes out on Monday, and has received the most media attention to date, with appearances on BBC Radio 1, BBC Scotland’s Hogmanay show and interest from across the globe.
But Scott Hutchison, brother Grant – who hail from the Royal Burgh – and Billy Kennedy told The Wee Paper: “There are no nerves. We have put everything we can into this album to make it the best we can.
“It is more excitement, having had the album ready to go for the past six months.”
Scott estimates that he will have taken part in 100 interviews by the time Pedestrian Verse is released, with lead single The Woodpile having already earned positive reviews.
He believes the media interest, in part down to Frightened Rabbit signing with Atlantic Records, is a positive rather than tiresome aspect of being in a recognisable band.
He told us: “If we were getting no requests for interviews it would mean nobody was interested in what we were doing. One of the benefits of being on a major label is more exposure.”
As for his own thoughts on the album, Scott is adamant it is the best yet. “I think it is well thought-out, detailed, and shows where we are after seven years as a band,” he added.
Despite a busy year on the road with tour and festival slots, the quintet still hope to make a return to Selkirk, after September’s debut performance in the Victoria Halls.
Scott recalled: “I was a bit emotional. The last time I appeared on the Victoria Halls stage was probably appearing in a school production.
“We are always trying to fit something in, and we may try and do something up at the High School.
“It is important to us and our family that we keep our feet in Selkirk and we will be coming back.”
Pedestrian Verse is out on Monday.
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