The record, which is their tenth studio album, earned the band’s first SAY Award win. They have previously been shortlisted four times and longlisted in 2015.
The success saw the band collect a £20,000 prize and bespoke trophy at a ceremony at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall on Saturday evening.
Collecting the prize, Stuart Braithwaite said, “I really was not expecting this, I have not thought of anything to say other than thank you and I wish I’d got steaming!
“This has been a really mental year for the band and this is just another thing we never thought would happen.
“I want to thank everyone who has bought and played the album, I’d like to dedicate this to Mick our booking agent who passed away last week. I’d like to thank everyone, the SMIA and you all for being here. This is nuts!”
As the organisers and attendees all celebrated 10 years of the SAY Awards, the event paid tribute to Scotland’s musical past by recognising Frightened Rabbit – ‘The Midnight Organ Fight’ with the Modern Scottish Classic Award.
The Modern Scottish Classic winner was chosen by 2021’s longlisted artists as an album from Scotland’s past which still inspires music being made today. Presenting the award was Sandra Gordon (Fundraising Officer, Tiny Changes) and James Graham (Twilight Sad).
Sandra Gordon said: “It is such an honour for us to stand here tonight and to present this award to our friends and to celebrate an album that means so much to us and to many of you here tonight.
“I’m feeling really emotional so bear with me! This album and the people who wrote it enriched our lives and sound-tracked the very best of our lives.
“The Midnight Organ Fight is the most honest and heart-breaking record that I know.
“This record should be the benchmark of the Scottish Album of the Year Award and this level of song-writing reflects years of hard work. It’s more than just a record, it’s made us feel less alone and it saved many of us. And built a community of FRABBITs who continue to do really brilliant things in Scott’s memory.”
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As the band collected the award, Grant Hutchison paid tribute to brother and Frightened Rabbit founding member Scott who died in 2018.
He said: “I don’t why you’re clapping for us we didn’t write any of it!
“All of us can come at it from the same place that all of you can – this was and is Scott’s album.
“These are his words and they should be shared by all of us. It’s amazing to have an album that’s 13 years old and still inspires artists today, because it still inspires me everyday.
“We recently put a book of Scott’s lyrics out and I listened to every single song and read every single lyric and was still like – f*****g hell. He got all the talented genes.
“This shouldn’t be a sad and sombre remembrance award, it’s not what he would have wanted, he would want us to get drunk! He would want us to sing and dance and get sweaty.
“Also how brilliant is this – Scotland has a music award ceremony that can fill the Usher Hall! 10 years ago I was at the first one in Govan and everyone was like ‘what even is this? we’re being told we’re good at what we do?!’ which in Scotland we’re not used to! SAY Award – well done and thank you for everything that you have done for Scottish music and artists, especially after the year that we’ve all just had.
“Thanks to Scott, what a f*****g guy. He’s already thinking that I’ve spoken for too long so I’ll leave it there and if everyone here tonight could do one thing – if you could text someone in your phone book who might need to hear from someone.
“Just ask them how they are or if they want to meet up. Just say hi, it might change their path. Thank you to all of you, you’re all amazing and this means so much to us.”
Championing the cultural impact, strength and diversity of Scottish albums for a decade, The SAY Award has now distributed over almost £300,000 in prize money to Scottish artists, and championed 200 longlisted albums over 10 campaigns.
From 327 eligible album submissions this year, to a longlist of 20 and asShortlist of 10, ‘As The Love Continues’ was chosen as the overall winner by this year’s independent judging panel.