I don’t know about you (“and frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn”), but I’m very, very excited about the impending release of Frightened Rabbit’s third album. There’s something about that unique Scottish ability to find misery and a damn good song at the bottom of every bottle of cheap whiskey that I find irresistible. If you haven’t heard their previous album, The Midnight Organ Fight, you’re missing out on a thrilling, visceral break-up record full of lyrics to knock you out of your passive listening position. It was one of 2008’s finest records and, lucky for us, they’re following it up with another!
Having already released a teaser late last year in the form of “Swim Until You Can’t See Land”, the band are releasing a fantastic new single, “Nothing Like You” on Feb 22nd to push expectations even higher for the new album, The Winter of Mixed Drinks, due March 1st (all through FatCat). With the early signs showing a new, more diverse sound things look promising for what should be an album with broader horizons but no less focus on sharp lyrics. Unfortunately, there’s no album just yet, but the full tracklist is below for your perusal. Also, there’s no sign of an Irish gig yet, but UK dates are below the jump as well. But to keep you happy until then, here’s one of the new b-sides, “Fun Stuff”.
But that’s not even the best part! In the run-up to the album release, the band are taking the title literally and are running a cool competition to see what drinks you’ve been mixing this winter. So, the deal is you have to come up with your own outstanding cocktail and post a video recipe to their MUZU page (where you can find the full details). The winner gets a proud hangover as well as tickets to one of the band’s upcoming gigs in the US or UK where they can raise a glass of their creation with the band themselves! Closing date is the 15th, so start experimenting.
The Winter of Mixed Drinks Tracklist:
2. ‘Swim Until You Can’t See Land’
3. ‘The Loneliness & The Scream’
4. ‘The Wrestle’
5. ‘Skip The Youth’
6. ‘Nothing Like You’
7. ‘Man/ Bag Of Sand’
8. ‘Foot Shooter’
9. ‘Not Miserable’
10. ‘Living In Colour’
11.‘Yes I Would’
UK Tour Dates:
04/03/10 York Duchess
05/03/10 Manchester Club Academy
06/03/10 Aldershot West End Centre
08/03/10 Bristol Thekla
09/03/10 Oxford Academy 2
10/03/10 London Koko
12/03/10 Birmingham Academy 2
13/03/10 Sheffield Leadmill 2
14/03/10 Norwich Arts Centre