You're the modern leper, yes?
Yes. That's the song that really brought this record together. It's basically the theme of the entire thing. The lyrics are the most personal out of any of my songs, and I think it's the song closest to my heart. She and I were together for seven and a half years, and I felt like a leper for many of those. It's a sad thing to say, looking back, but it's true.
Where does the name Frightened Rabbit come from?
When I was a kid I used to visit my aunt's house all the time, and all these other kids were there, running around, chasing each other, and all I ever really wanted to do was sit in the corner and not talk to any of them. Kind of how a rabbit reacts when he sees someone he can't trust. Frightened.
And the name of the record, Midnight Organ Fight? What does it mean?
It's about, you know, doin' it.
Frightened Rabbit. Photo by Dave Gourley.
Oh, right. I had this whole story in mind that it was about some huge fight between you and your brother [FR drummer Grant Hutchison], you guys throwing punches at each other because one of you was jealous of the other's organ skills. I'm an idiot...
So how do the crowds in America differ from the ones in Europe?
They're much bigger here. We've never sold out anywhere in Europe other than Glasgow, and we're selling out everywhere here. I don't know how to explain it.
[laughing] You might be right. They've been much nicer to us than NME. We haven't even been mentioned in NME, but we've been very lucky to have gotten positive reviews from the people at Pitchfork.
Yeah, those dudes can almost single-handedly ruin an artist's career.
I know. Or make your career. Ask the Ting Tings.
Or the Arctic Monkeys.
So, any plans for a third record? Are you writing? Any new songs we can expect tonight?
I'm not writing anything at the moment. I don't write every day; I don't see the point. I need something to inspire me, some kind of emotional happening that makes its way organically into my mind. If I write every day, the music would suffer. I also make it a point to not write on the road, and we've been on the road forever.
Well, I guess it's time for the show. Thanks again for the interview. Please come back to Houston on your next trip to the states?