- 12:10 PM, Aug 17
Already made a good start in mainstream music circuit through their debut album plus two hit singles, The Fray indeed knows how to continue walking down their way on the road as the follow-up of their initial success if looking on the neatly-arranged schedule they are about to undergo. Spending the month of December 2006 continuing their radio shows up to date 15 while being slated to appear on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” by date 12, the band tirelessly sets to extend their live gigs by the next year around a number of U.S cities starting from January 9, 2007 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Another tour across the U.K will be commenced shortly afterwards with stops that include Norwich, Liverpool, London, and Manchester to name few.
A band whose sophisticated, emotional blend of rhythms perfectly serves as an ideal backdrop for their melodic pop-rock compositions, The Fray is a Denver-based music act formed in 2002 by schoolmates Isaac Slade (born May 1981) and Joe King after they accidentally met up in a local music store. Finding a click between them, the pair soon embarked on regular two-man jam sessions to produce a handful of uplifting, melody-driven tunes before finally decided to establish a group band. With Isaac taking the lead vocals and piano while Joe handling the guitar also backing vocals, they later picked up Zach Johnson and Isaac's brother Caleb Slade to be the drummer and bassist, respectively, making a lineup as a quartet in turn.
Sadly, the formation did not last long as Caleb in the end decided to quit followed by Zach who left to attend an art school in New York though the troupe already had recorded some materials which later was released independently under the title of “Movement EP.” Lucky for the remaining members, they did not have difficulty to find the replacements in quite a short time, recruiting Isaac's former bandmates Ben Wysocki to fill in Zach's seat and Dave Welsh as the guitarist instead of the bassist. The lineup secured, all that needed was a name for the band and upon joking about their tendency to frequently quarrel over lyric composition, the foursome ultimately settled to dub themselves what they have become known of.
Afterwards managed to garner a loyal grassroots following through impressive Denver area gigs, The Fray confidently issued another work called “Reason EP” in 2003 which delightfully received some local critical