Release Date: Oct 21, 2008
Record label: Fat Cat
Genre(s): Indie, Rock, Live
Say you’ve got a narrowing of the renal artery, from atherosclerosis or fibromuscular dysplasia. The lowered perfusion pressure in the kidney activates the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system, the body’s way of conserving blood volume. Renin is the enzyme involved, and it conveniently enough provides a link—through a chain of activating enzymes—between the liver, the lung, and the heart.
When Frightened Rabbit’s splendid second album, Midnight Organ Fight, didn’t set the world on fire like it should have back in April, the band’s label, Fat Cat, had a choice: swallow the fact that the second album from one of its most exciting bands is getting a good response from critics but minor sales, or promote the hell out of it by releasing it as a live album. Fat Cat opted for the latter. Liver! Lung! FR! is a near perfect recreation of Midnight Organ Fight, right down to having an identical track list (minus two shorter songs from Fight), but its necessity is dubious at best.
The live album, like the greatest hits collection, is usually a quick way to cash-in or ride out a contract. Owe your label one last album, but are locked in arguments with your bandmates, imprisoned by writer's block, or don't want to waste your great new material on them? Just record from the sound board one night at the club, and-- presto!-- you've fulfilled your obligations. Luckily Glasgow's Frightened Rabbit are one of the few bands that earn such an indulgence.