I think Frightened Rabbit have a unique sound. Even though they’re working within a framework, it doesn’t seem that unusual. Some bands can do that. They just reinvent the wheel. Then they make old things seem new.
A.C. Newman, of the New Pornographers, on his new favorite band. Can Frightened Rabbit please guest on the next Pornos record?
We laid down all the guitars shortly afterward and I did not think about it for a long time. Was this song too rock? Did it sound like something that we would do? We pretty much finished the entire album before we came back to it. I had nearly forgotten about it. When I listened to an early rough mix, I was shocked at how much I liked it. I had that perspective or objectivity that you get when you step away from a song and forget that you wrote it. It’s not like I thought it was “Like a Rolling Stone” or anything, but it really did rock. Full marks for rocking. It was enough for me. It made the cut.
New Pornographers front man Carl Newman, on the creation of Together standout “Your Hands (Together),” in Rolling Stone.
I have a few songs that people have tried to figure out and I have to tell them, ‘Actually, I just thought it sounded cool— there’s no such thing as a letter from an occupant.’
New Pornographers front man Carl Newman on his songwriting process, and why he admires Frightened Rabbit for their lyrics.
I remember, we would take smoke breaks from practicing, and then I remember somebody playing Belle and Sebastian—’If You’re Feeling Sinister’ or ‘The Boy with the Arab Strap’—and thinking, God, these guys are so good, and we fucking suck. I remember thinking it was so demoralizing, and I was like, Why do we even try?
New Pornographers frontman A.C. Newman, on recording Mass Romantic, in Paste. See what I mean about great albums bringing bands to the breaking point? The Pornos were thinking that they sucked while they were recording “Letter from an Occupant” and “Mass Romantic,” for the love of God!
Joseph, Who Understoodby The New Pornographers
from Spirit Of Giving EP