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Frightened Rabbit bands together on latest album

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With its fourth album, "Pedestrian Verse," Frightened Rabbit made the leap from being frontman Scott Hutchison's creative vehicle to being a proper band.

And Hutchison couldn't be happier about that.

""Traditionally our records were written and demoed and arranged by me; I'd go into solitude and write," explains Hutchison, 31, who co-founded the quintet nine years ago in Selkirk. "I guess the mission statement this time was to write a band record, to work as a band and write as a band and perform the songs live in the studio as well.

"So we wrote collectively, and that was a big difference. It changes everything. It took a minute finding our feet initially, but once we did I think everyone felt more like a unit, which is good -- but different."

But, Hutchison is quick to add, the change was not a path he resisted in any way.

"It was actually fairly easy, and it was necessary for me," he explains. "I was starting to feel like I'd reached some kind of saturation point or was bored with the way we'd been doing things. I think everyone had kind of gained the trust in each other's musical instincts, so to introduce the band (approach) made thing really exciting and made everything feel fresh again.

"So I was not really too precious about letting go of the control I had. The whole thing was really positive, and I'm sure that's how we'll keep doing it in the future, too."

Frightened Rabbit and Wintersleep perform Saturday, March 30, at Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call 313-061-6358 or visit www.saintandrewsdetroit.com.

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