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Denver, Colorado, United States (2002 – present)

From the sleepy sprawl of America’s ‘Mile-High City’, Denver, Colorado, United States, comes The Fray, a foursome whose melodic pop-rock songs and soaring vocals resonate with sprawling tapestries and tales of hopefulness and heartache.

Formed in 2002 by Isaac Slade (vocals, piano) and Joe King (guitar, vocals), The Fray earned a loyal grassroots following through impressive area gigs and the support of local radio which led a listener-driven campaign to get the band a record contract. With strong word-of-mouth, the band won “Best New Band” honors from Denver’s Westword Magazine and garnered substantial airplay on two of Denver’s top rock stations - the demo version of “Over My Head (Cable Car)” became KTCL’s top 30 most played song of 2004 in just 4 months. The band signed to Epic Records in 2004 and released their debut album “How to Save a Life” in September 2005.

The band FIRST began when Joe King’s band, Fancy’s show box, and Isaac Slade’s band, Ember, broke up. “Three years ago, I thought I wanted to start a real estate company,” laughs co-founder King. A serendipitous encounter with former schoolmate Slade at a local music store began an impromptu jam session that began an impromptu songwriting session that began The Fray. It wasn’t your usual rock n’ roll lineup - vocals, guitar and piano - but it worked. The uplifting, melody-driven songs were catchy enough to attract two former band-mates of Slade’s - drummer Ben Wysocki and guitarist Dave Welsh. “Ben and I were basically a package deal at the time,” explains Welsh. “Ben joined first, but I think he felt lonely without me.”


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  • Jovannnn

    Hold My Hand ♥

    16 Apr 12:32am Reply
  • kwayne16

    I need to listen Helios fast !

    9 Apr 9:58pm Reply
  • Mielok

    Hold My Hand - amazing!!!

    7 Apr 4:51pm Reply
  • leombenites

    Helios is something new, different but I really liked it :) [2] <3

    6 Apr 1:38am Reply
  • Jamimmy

    I love them soooooooo muuuuuuuuch!!!

    31 Mar 10:50pm Reply
  • Steifmeister

    Helios is something new, different but I really liked it :)

    22 Mar 9:36am Reply
  • Neuber_

    Helious is a great new album!

    8 Mar 4:21pm Reply
  • rachaelc1878

    The new album is just amazing!

    7 Mar 2:44pm Reply
  • Cat_007

    Helios is awesome *__* [3]

    6 Mar 7:58pm Reply
  • IceMoonDeg

    Helios is garbage.

    6 Mar 9:08am Reply
  • dame_dreary

    shadow and a dancer <3

    5 Mar 8:19am Reply
  • monster996

    the album is amazing, keep it up x

    4 Mar 6:25pm Reply
  • levigc

    Helios is awesome *__* [2]

    3 Mar 6:33pm Reply
  • Killa_Freedom

    Helios is awesome *__*

    1 Mar 1:57pm Reply
  • Oleg289

    Yeah, there were some exceptions on Overexposed, as there always are on a Maroon 5 album, but it was still a pretty bad release but that's another story anyway. I think I can understand why your feeling went away (the feeling that Give it Away is the best song on the album) and that's fine, but even when I try to compare it to some other songs (Same as You, oh geez, now that's a horrid number or Keep on Wanting, which is just a recycled "Munich" or "Enough for Now"), the rest of the album still doesn't match to what they did on Give it Away. And PopMatters was even a bit lenient but okay.

    27 Feb 1:31pm Reply
  • Avenroot

    Great new album.. !!

    26 Feb 11:58pm Reply
  • OneRepublic93

    I can understand you (I also think Overexposed was horrible, with exceptions). The first time when I listened to Give It Away, I was thinking that it's probably the best track on the album, but that feeling was gone after a minute or two. I agree that it's different compared to the rest of the album. I just read the PopMatters review, I think it's straight to the point.

    26 Feb 10:12pm Reply
  • Oleg289

    I do agree it's their weakest album, but I still stand by the fact that Give it Away is their best song. Yes, you can draw Maroon 5 comparisons mainly due to the guitar riffs and that's fine, but other than that, I don't see too much similarities, especially when it comes to Maroon 5's latest release (Overexposed... which was horrible to say the least). The production is different, yes, but it's fuller, richer and better orchestrated than on most of the songs from Helios.

    26 Feb 7:58pm Reply
  • saintlullss

    Thank you for Same As You!

    25 Feb 10:10pm Reply
  • SevenDevils

    Helios is amazing!

    25 Feb 6:56pm Reply
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