Scott Hutchison began singing at 19, despite being told that he couldn’t. Scott’s songwriting was influenced by American artists like Wilco and Ryan Adams. He liked playing guitar and performing, considering that he was always a shy kid growing up.
In 2003, Scott started performing under the stage name “Frightened Rabbit,” a nickname he picked up alluding to his shyness. He recruited his brother Grant to play drums. The duo released their debut album independently. The group added another guitarist and then a keyboard player and have since released five albums to critical acclaim, garnering a rabidly loyal fan base. Scott, a former student at the Glasgow School of Art, also created all of the artwork for each album.
Scott embarked on a solo project in 2014 called Owl John. He was determined to make it as different from Frightened Rabbit as possible. He also contributed to several collaborative projects, including one with fellow Scottish musicians and a “supergroup” with members of other indie bands.
On Wednesday, May 9, 2018, Scott’s bandmates in Frightened Rabbit reported the singer missing, last seen leaving a hotel in South Queensferry, Scotland. Just before he was last seen, Scott posted two mysterious tweets to his Twitter account:
“Be so good to everyone you love. It’s not a given. I’m so annoyed that it’s not. I didn’t live by that standard and it kills me. Please, hug your loved ones”
and soon after
“I’m away now. Thanks.”
Scott’s body was found by police early on the morning of May 11 on the banks of the River Forth. Frightened Rabbit’s website posted a statement regarding the band’s founder:
“There are no words to describe the overwhelming sadness and pain that comes with the death of our beloved Scott, but to know he is no longer suffering brings us some comfort. Reading messages of support and hope from those he has helped through his art has helped immensely and we encourage you all to continue doing this. He will be missed by all of us and his absence will always be felt but he leaves a legacy of hope, kindness and colour that will forever be remembered and shared.”
Scott Hutchison was 36 years old.