Watch a short film about the making of the Frightened Rabbit tribute album, Tiny Changes
Julien Baker, Sarah Silverman, The Twilight Sad, and many more discuss recording their versions of The Midnight Organ Fight songs and the impact of Frightened Rabbit’s late lead singer, Scott Hutchison.
Last month, Atlantic Records released Tiny Changes, a tribute to Frightened Rabbit's seminal 2008 LP The Midnight Organ Fight. Julien Baker, Manchester Orchestra, Benjamin Gibbard, Sarah Silverman, The Twilight Sad, and a host of other artists appeared across its 17 tracks, carefully reinterpreting the originals to often devastating effect. Originally planned by the band as celebration of The Midnight Organ Fight's 10th anniversary, the covers were recorded in early 2018, before the band's lead singer and lyricist Scott Hutchison took his own life last May.
A new documentary about the making of Tiny Changes from handheldcineclub's Justin and James Lockey — who worked closely with the band on their tour documentaries and on a series of music videos — is premiering today on The FADER. Built around interviews with the artists who appear on Tiny Changes, it is, like all of Hutchison's best songs, gut-wrenching, tinged with disaster, and, miraculously, at just the right moments, in spite of everything, funny. James Graham's story about hearing Hutchison playing "Poke" for the first time after a night at the pub — he almost cried, but then realized that bandmate Andy MacFarlane just thought it was "cool" that Hutchison used profanity in the song — exhibits the dark humor that Hutchison would have dropped into a mid-set anecdote.
Scott Hutchison's family — including his brother and bandmate in Frightened Rabbit, Grant — set up a charity called Tiny Changes in the late singer's memory. It aims to support initiatives for, and give a voice to, children and young people who have been impacted my mental health problems. You can find out more about their work at their website. A portion of the proceeds from Tiny Changes, the album, will go to the charity. You can purchase the album here.
"The chance to work with folks you've watched and admired on stage so many times over the years was proper fuckin' ace, no other words to describe it really," director James Lockey wrote in a statement to The FADER. "Making this film was pretty hard, in an emotional way, listening to what the record meant to so many people and in light of losing Scott, but at the same time so positive. Reading that back I know that makes no sense but if you listen to what people are saying in the film, those songs, those lyrics and the live shows are ingrained in peoples’ lives, have created long lasting memories and has helped many people through tough times, you can’t say that about many records."
Watch Tiny Changes below and listen to the tribute album at the foot of the page.