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the fray band"…mind blowing: cascading melodies, intricate arrangements, flawless falsetto and, best of all, stunningly well-written songs (think Lifehouse on a Starsailor/Coldplay kick).” -- Dave Herrera, Music Editor, Westword, October 16, 2003
“The Fray is actually fifty times more listenable than Coldplay… Honesty bleeds from [Reason]. The vulnerability is palpable. The tunes have a pulse-like dynamism to them, a rawness that reeks of everyday cataclysms, of solace sought in song.” -- Jason Heller, Westword, February 19, 2004
In less than a year, the Fray has gone from being virtual unknowns to the top of Denver’s A-list to having a top music video on MTV!
Since then, in no short order, the band has been tapped by Westword as Denver’s best new band and chosen by its readers as the area’s best rock band; been invited to perform live in KBCO’s famous Studio C and on KQMT; had 2003’s Reason EP cut “Some Trust,” placed on the “new release rack” and tested for regular rotation on Clear Channel’s 93.3 KTCL; and last, but by no means least, signed to a deal with Epic Records.
So, who is the Fray and why all the fuss?
The Fray was formed in the spring of 2002 by Joe King (guitar/vocals), and Isaac Slade (piano/vocals), schoolmates who grew up together in Denver and even sang in the same school choir. Several years after graduation and following stints in various local bands, King and Slade started collaborating informally. Before long, the casual sessions led to the formation of the Fray. Joining the fray to complete the quartet are David Welsh (guitar), Ben Wysocki (drums/percussion), and Dan Battenhouse (bass).
King and Slade share the lead vocals and songwriting duties. “Although we started working on our songs separately,” says Slade, “most of our new songs are true collaborations.”
The Fray’s work, both on stage and in studio, has generated an accelerating buzz unlike anything Colorado has seen before. Word-of-mouth has gotten people to check them out and once they do, the reaction has been overwhelmingly positive. As Westword’s music editor Dave Herrera wrote when he first heard their music, “Moments like that remind me why I’ve spent my life searching for the sounds and people that move me.”
The Fray recently headlined Boulder’s storied Fox Theatre and Denver’s Gothic Theatre.
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