Until today I’d only heard a couple of tracks from Frightened Rabbit, and hadn’t really paid too much attention to them. They’re getting some blog love at the moment though due to the recent release of their ep The Midnight Organ Fight and while doing the blog rounds the other day I grabbed a couple of tracks from Captain Obvious.
One of these was ‘The Modern Leper’, which came up on my Ipod while I was running tonight, and I listened to it without really noticing the lyrics at first, instead letting the Scottish accent of lead singer Scott Hutchison wash over me. It wasn’t until I heard the words “you must be a masochist to love a modern leper on his last leg” that I went back and listened properly.
I think we all know a modern leper, one who has a “disease (they) just can’t shake”, who’s “rattling through life”, and it can be pretty hard to watch them. This track has affected me pretty personally, and it’s highlighted for me how a song can grab your insides so completely. I find myself smiling at the perfect description of the relationship I have with my own modern leper and the sheer brilliance of the lyrics is enough to distract me from the doomed reality of my own experience.
I’m completely bowled over by these guys. You should be too.
A cripple walks amongst you all you tired human beings
He’s got all the things a cripple has not working arms and legs
And vital parts fall from his system and dissolve in Scottish rain
Vitally he doesn’t miss them he’s too fucked up to care
Well is that you in front of me?
Coming back for even more of exactly the same
You must be a masochist to love a modern leper on his last leg
On his last leg
Check out the rest of the lyrics here.
Review of The Midnight Organ Fight at Dusted Magazine here.
Pitchfork review here.