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The Fray - (L to R) Isaac Slade, Joe King, Dave Welsh, and Ben Wysocki

(L to R) Isaac Slade, Joe King, Dave Welsh, and Ben Wysocki

From Denver
Year Formed 2002
Members Isaac Slade (vocals/ piano), Joe King (guitar), Dave Welsh (guitar), Ben Wysocki (drums)
Genre rock
The Fray

The Fray

The Fray - 'The Fray' album cover

'The Fray' album cover

The Fray

Band Bio  Isaac Slade and Joe King both attended school at the Faith Christian Academy, Denver. In 2002, three years after leaving school they met by chance in a music shop. This meeting led to several into-the-early-hours jam sessions, which in turn led to them forming a band. Ben Wysocki , also from Faith Christian Academy, (on drums) and Dave Welsh (on guitar) joined them.

All four members have deep religious beliefs, so the band’s early songs had strong Christian messages. The group were a popular rock act at Church halls. Isaac’s brother, Caleb joined the band to play bass. But he split from the band with much recrimination, due to musical differences. This break up was later cited by Isaac as being his inspiration when writing the lyrics to ‘Over My Head (Cable Car)’.

At first all Isaac’s lyrics carried the Christian message. This all changed one day when, while working behind a Starbuck’s counter, he made the big decision to drop any religious meaning from his compositions. This had the knock on effect that the band branched out into playing the local club scene.

During the early years, the band released two EPs Movement, which died before receiving much attention and Reason, a lot more successful, especially the song Cable Car, which achieved a lot of local radio airtime. An executive from Epic Records heard the track, and was quick to sign up the band.

The group’s debut album How to Save a Life was released in fall of 2005. To support the album, the band went on their first nationwide tour, supporting Weezer. The following year the band were headlining their own tour. Two singles from the album were released - Over My Head, and How to Save a Life both of which became smash hits in the charts.

In 2009 The Fray released their second album, self-titled The Fray. The first track off the album, You Found Me went on to chart success on both sides of the Atlantic.

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The Fray play fantastic melodic rock, conveying strong emotions in a simple, heartfelt way

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