Things are looking good north of the border, and I’m not just taking about the freakishly fine weather we’ve had recently. Scottish five piece Frightened Rabbit have announced the release of their first substantial release since 2010’s The Winter of Mixed Drinks. Their State Hospital EP will be released on 24 September on Atlantic (UK) and Canvasback (US). If the title track is anything to go by, the band have been working on some pretty intense material. ‘State Hospital’ is a lustrous, folk driven and emotive four and a half minutes with a video that, somehow, makes a concrete tower block full of angry men and crying women look beautiful. But this seems to be what Frightened Rabbit do best; transforming the frustration and grime of the ‘big city’ into songs that make you feel good about being immersed in it. Singer Scottt Huchison says this about the EP:
“It contains five songs. The title track is the first snippet from our next album, but the rest of the tracks are unique to this release, even though they were all contenders for the full-length at one point or another. I suppose certain songs just don’t fit in to an album, but we thought these four still deserved to be given more than simply ‘B-side’ status. Because we had been writing and demo-ing for this record for some time, we found ourselves sitting on a lot of songs at the beginning of the year. Too many really, if there is such a thing. You’ll be glad to hear that we didn’t even toy with the idea of a double album, probably because we weren’t taking any drugs. So this seemed like the best way to show off the extras and give you a taste of things to come.”
So, there you go. Rumour has it (read: Wikipedia) that album no.4 will be coming out sometime in early 2013. But State Hospital sounds like a pretty good release to tide us over until then. The band will no doubt be showcasing new material on an extensive European/US tour starting at the beginning of September.