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Tributes to Frightened Rabbit frontman after body find

Police confirmed a body was discovered in the search for Scott Hutchison on Thursday night.

Frightened Rabbit: Band takes its name from a childhood moniker. Drew Farrell

Tributes have been paid to Frightened Rabbit singer Scott Hutchison after a body was found by police searching for the missing musician.

The 36-year-old, from Selkirk, was last seen at around 1am on Wednesday after leaving the Dakota Hotel in South Queensferry.

Police discovered a body at nearby Port Edgar at 8.30pm on Thursday. Formal identification has yet to take place, but his family has been informed.

The news has led to an outpouring of grief from Scotland’s musical community and beyond.

Franz Ferdinand’s Alex Kapranos, Belle and Sebastian’s Stuart Murdoch and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon have been among those paying tribute to the singer.

Murdoch said: “Tragic news about Scott Hutchison. The whole music community in Scotland was praying for a different outcome. Folks, if you are up against it, having dark thoughts, please tell someone, family, a friend or a doctor. There is always another way, though it might not seem like it.”

Sturgeon tweeted: “Heartbreaking news. My thoughts are with Scott’s family, friends and fans. A remarkable and much loved talent.”

Kapranos added: “Awful news about Scott Hutchison. A terrible loss.”

Frightened Rabbit was formed in 2003, with the band taking its name from a moniker Scott’s mother had given him as a shy young boy in Selkirk.

His brother Grant joined the band around a year later as its drummer, and alongside bandmates Billy Kennedy, Andy Monaghan, Simon Liddell and Gordon Skene they rose to become one of Scotland’s most essential indie acts.

Themes of heartache featured in the band’s first three albums, Sing The Greys, The Midnight Organ Fight and The Winter of Mixed Drinks.

Scott also wrote honestly about depression and mental illness while songs like I Wish I Was Sober dealt with alcoholism.

Positive reviews saw them tour extensively, with the band relocating to Glasgow.

Frightened Rabbit’s major label debut with Atlantic Records, titled Pedestrian Verse, came in February 2013.

Scott spoke to STV that year about their success in the US, saying they had played in Los Angeles more times than Glasgow over the previous 12 months.

He said: “The US has been on board with our band from the beginning.

“We’ve returned again and again, and that’s what pays off; touring extensively, getting out there and playing those smaller towns in the Midwest.

“Americans appreciate you making the trip and that appreciation was definitely on show this time around.

“I think we are, to an extent, treading in the footsteps of bands like Belle and Sebastian, Mogwai and Teenage Fan Club, who initiated success over there for Scottish music.

“I guess we just came in the next wave.

“There’s always been an affection [for Scottish bands]… there’s a romantic thing, I think – a lot of that picture-postcard stuff is what’s in their heads, and I think we go someway to evoking that.”

But he noted the constant travel of touring had left him exhausted, saying: “I don’t think that I can tour in the same way that I did when I was in my 20’s.

“I also think we need to make more decisions based on our personal lives.

“Currently this band leaves very little room for a personal life, and that’s not on anymore.”

The next year he released a solo project titled Owl John before returning to Frightened Rabbit for their next album, Painting of a Panic Attack, in April 2016.

Scott appeared on STV2 last year, saying he never expected his band to reach the international success it had.

He said: “I think a lot of the goals I had initially have been passed now.

“So it’s important to see everything we do now as all a bonus.

“It’s not even a given that a band gets to make five, six records.

“So we’re lucky that we’ve still got a career out of this.”

As well as headlining the Electric Fields festival in 2017, Frightened Rabbit also performed at the Sleep in the Park charity fundraiser in Edinburgh.

Scott, 36, had been due to perform in Glasgow on June 1.


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