Frightened Rabbit - State Hospital EP

We first heard the excellent title track from Frightened Rabbit’s State Hospital EP a month ago, and now, with the release of that EP about a week away, we’ve got a stream of the whole thing. The title track is pretty clearly the highlight here, though track 2, “Boxing Day,” is no slouch — a lurching, drunken singalong, the likes of which Frightened Rabbit happen to excel. Arab Strap’s Aidan Moffat guests on the closing cut. Give it a listen (and check out tour dates) below.

via Pitchfork

Frightened Rabbit North American tour dates:

10/05 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
10/06 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
10/07 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat
10/08 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
10/10 – Toronto, ON @ The Mod Club Theater
10/11 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
10/12 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Woman’s Club
10/13 – Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium
10/16 – Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s
10/17 – Eugene, OR @ WOW Hall
10/18 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
10/19 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Troubadour
10/20 – San Diego, CA @ The Irenic

The State Hospital EP will be released 9/25 via Canvasback/Atlantic.

Comments (2)
  1. The mixing on this EP makes these songs extremely disappointing. Look at those slammed wave forms. It’s as if all dynamic range has been chopped out and we’ve been left with radio versions of everything. This makes sense as they’ve just signed to Atlantic ( responsible for ruining DCFC ). I hate to break it to you guys but the radio plays a very small part in the way people find music now ( even with tune in etc ) and slamming the shit out of your songs so they stand out on radio, well they don’t stand out anymore because not only is everyone else doing it, most people are getting their music online. So why don’t you offer the stems or something so some true engineers can mix it properly.

    If you listen to the acoustic solo versions of boxing night and state hospital, you will see the true potential of these songs.

    • While I partly agree, the quality of sound on this EP isn’t that far off from what the band did on “The Winter of Mixed Drinks.”

      The beautiful thing about Frightened Rabbit is that the core of the music tends to hold up against the mechanisms of engineering. The arrangements remain thoughtful, and the narrative strong. I think this can be heard in the grittiness felt during “Boxing Night” and the subtly haunting “Off.” The intention is always there. During “Off”, Hutchinson declares: “We’ll have no telephones here, just a gentle mouth to a smitten ear. No technology here, such heady chemistry can’t be engineered.” It’s evident from these lyrics that authenticity is something that the man strives for, and that intention is especially clear in the sound on this beautiful track.

      If the mixing on State Hospital hides any character from a tuning perspective, it surely makes up for that more polished quality with the fervent passion that is ever-present on this effort. Frightened Rabbit have been done a fantastic job, over the years, of sharing deeply intimate stories of love, regret and redemption—with revealing, and often stark honesty—and in my humble opinion they deserve every bit of exposure that being signed to a larger label might afford them. Best of luck to these lads.

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