Andrew Trendell

11:59 28th July 2015

Frightened Rabbit have responded to the mindless berating of an internet troll in typical classy style - by turning their hatred into an awesome t-shirt. 

The Gigwise favourites and future festival headliners are currently working on the follow-up to 2013's brilliant Pedestrian Verse, but found themselves interrupted after receiving scores of bizarre criticism from an internet troll who slammed them as 'meat eaters fatties', 'furry brick built men', 'ugly fat ass man', being 'built like a cruise ship' and encouraging them to 'get caught in a housefire'. 

Fortunately, frontman Scott Hutchison is a talented artist with a thick skin and a sense of humour, turning the scorn into a t-shirt emblazoned with 'FURRY BRICK BUILT MEN: UGLY, HAIRY AND BUILT LIKE A CRUISE SHIP SINCE 2004'.

Check it out below

"I woke up on Wednesday morning to a tirade of abuse, and it was absolutely wonderful," writes Scott. "I opened Twitter to find a wee troll waiting for me. Rather than hit back at the perpetrator (for this is the aim of the act, I believe), I thought it best to simply share these "truths" with the world. Some of the less enlightened comments referred to us as "fat ass" and "ugly", but the rest of it was just magical. Brick built? Fuck yes, I'll take that! Furry? You bet I am, ya daft trolley. I can't even begin to process the cruise ship bit. So damn good.

 "Soon after re-posting the fabulously rotten tweets, we had a legion of our wonderful followers asking to join the Furry Brick Built Men Club, and I can see why. It's bound to be more fun than the Internet Trolls' Crying And Wanking Club."

He continues: "In record time, our friends at the Edinburgh creative tornado Something Something had mocked up a t-shirt to commemorate the event. We loved it so much that we decided it had to exist, so now it does. And that's how you turn a fucking table.

"The issue of internet bullying is not something to be taken lightly. At its worst, it is a cruel and degrading activity which can cause real pain. We do not wish to make a joke out of that. But in taking these offensive comments and wearing them like a badge of honour, we can all send a wee message. Let the trolls and bullies live under their bridge. They are not welcome in the luxurious surroundings of The Furry Brick Built Men Club. Oh, and in spite of the name referring to it as a men's club, it's not. Ladies welcome!"

Scott added: This shirt will only be on sale for the next few days, so be sure to snap one up quickly at Teespring or Fabrily here. All proceeds will go to Ditch the Label, a UK anti-bullying charity that helps youngsters and families affected by bullying."

Watch Frightened Rabbit cover Jessie Ware's 'Wildest Moments' for Gigwise below

Last year saw Hutchison release his brilliant solo debut under the name Owl John.

Speaking to Gigwise about the future of F'Rabbit, Hutchison said: "My solo record has definitely influenced where we're going next and brought new light into how we should do things differently this time. We've been playing a few festivals and we've also set aside three weeks to write things in a house.

"When I'm over here, we have to use our time as effectively as possible, so in between these festivals we're writing the next album. It's happening now. Everyone's been putting little ideas into a Dropbox and we have a bunch of completely unfinished songs and the other guys have been working completely independent of me and that's completely new because even though we collaborated on the last one, the nuggets of everything pretty much came from me.

"Now, we've got all of these little nuggets from everyone and to try and combine them is something that's really exciting."

Photo: Justine Trickett