I don’t know why but a lot of the indie bands that I like are Scottish. I like the nervous anxiety of Frightened Rabbit, the shoe-gazing, understated sound of The Twilight Sad, the post-rock experimentation of Mogwai, the lo-fi appeal of Meursault, the irreverent playfulness of Dogs Die in Hot Cars, the cute yet edgy music of Belle and Sebastian, the instantly likeable pop of Camera Obscura…. I could go on. There’s nothing really common between all the Scottish bands that I like. Alright, there is. I like the quirky accent that is common between many of the vocalists of these bands—notably, Frightened Rabbit’s Scott Hutchison and The Twilight Sad’s James Graham — but the music of each of these bands is not very similar.
In January I’d written how I couldn’t wait for the new album from Frightened Rabbit, the Scottish rockers whom I rate as one of the finest bands on the scene now. Well, The Winter of Mixed Drinks is out now and, as I write this (a week before you’re going to be reading it), it’s been rotating on my playlist for the past four days. Read more