If you know a thing or two about music, you probably won’t need us to tell you that right now it’s near impossible to pick up any music magazine (worth its weight in gold) without bumping into these guys; Indie rock quintet Scott Hutchison, Billy Kennedy, Andy Monaghan, Grant Hutchison and Gordon Sken aka Frightened Rabbit.
Having spent the last year supporting (Brit award nominees) the mammoth Biffy Clyro, working on their fourth studio album ‘Pedestrian Verse,’ and generally spreading the news that anthemic Celtic guitar music is well and truly alive… We decided it was high time we caught up with front man Scott Hutchinson to swing some questions his way, and find out what we can expect next from our favourite quick witted, dark humored, “Scottish bastards.”
Hey Scott, How are you? Fill us in on what you’ve been up to recently?
We’ve been really busy, in the best kind of way. Lots of tour rehearsals, and the new album came out this week, so we’ve been traveling the country selling our wares!
So you’ve just supported Biffy Clyro at the itunes festival how the hell was that?
Amazing. We love Biffy and that venue The Roundhouse is a beauty, so it was a marvellous experience for us. Hopefully we turned a few heads.
Hunter. S. Thompson once said “The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There’s also a negative side.” – Thoughts?
Ha! I’ve never read that quote before. Well, sure, there is a shallow side to the industry, and that can certainly be embraced and enjoyed, no doubt. However, we live at the other end of the street. Older and (hopefully) wiser than many a moulded pop starlet, we can see bullshit quite easily. As long as you have a good team and strength in the band, the industry buzzes around you in a less noticeable fashion…
Something we know and love in your music is what DIY referred to as it’s “Scottish, self-deprecating, dark humour” is this something you aim to achieve when writing?
It’s not really a choice, that’s just the way I am. Most writers I admire, such as Nick Cave, Ted Hughes and Aidan Moffat write about the darker side of life. I don’t really get along with absolute joy!
Most outrageous gig story/ rider requests? (We were once asked to supply a band with Disney socks and Kumquats)
Interesting! We’re not particularly demanding, but do request postcards to send home. How decadent is that? We once had a guy storm the stage wearing a tuba shaped like the Loch Ness Monster. Actually, he was invited on stage, but it was still pretty memorable!
If you could add any musician to your band for the day (dead or alive) who would it be and why?
Damon Albarn. He seems able to adapt to any musical challenge. I think he’d make a wonderful contribution to our band.
The New album was released earlier this week, to those who haven’t heard it yet can you give a 5 word summary of what to expect?
Darkness, darkness, darkness, haha, hope.
What’s the weirdest thing a fans ever said/ sent to you?
One chap said, “Nice to meet you! I first slept with my girlfriend to one of your records.”
Is that why you’re so scared?
Haha! I have no fear! Apart from heights and murderers.
Plans for 2013? World Domination?
I’d just like to still be alive by Christmas.
Any thanks to anyone?
Our parents mostly. Wouldn’t be here (literally, though also professionally) without them. And thanks to James Cameron for making Terminator 2.
Check out Scott and the rest of the guys playing the Conan O’Brien show on their US tour. Scott is rocking our Fly53 Ruck Shirt hard…