Sunday, June 1, 2014
2014 Sprint Stage
'Helios,' the fourth album from critically acclaimed foursome The Fray, is out today on Epic Records. The album, produced by Stuart Price (The Killers, Madonna, Keane) and Isaac Slade (piano, vocals), is receiving early critical acclaim—Billboard named it “one of the most highly anticipated releases of the season,” describing the band as “more aggressive and more optimistic than ever before.”
The single “Love Don’t Die,” produced by Ryan Tedder (Adele, One Republic), premiered on the “Today Show.” A flurry of television performances followed the premier including “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2014,” and a special performance on the outdoor stage at “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” The video for “Love Don’t Die” is streaming now at Vevo and The Fray recently performed a version of their hit “How to Save a Life” as part of Esquire’s Live Sessions (watch here).
Earlier this month, The Fray appeared alongside Pussy Riot, and other renowned acts, as part of Amnesty International’s Bring Human Rights Home event at Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, NY. Guitarist Joe King explained the importance of the evening, “To me, [Pussy Riot] made me realize how apathetic I can get as an American,” King said. “You can get real critical or not do anything about what you think should change and just let things happen. They’re doing the opposite. They’re going public... It’s inspiring to see that. I think that, if anything, it motivates. It should motivate people to do something.”
The Fray is Slade, King (guitar, vocals), Dave Welsh (guitar), and Ben Wysocki (drums). The Denver-based group formed in 2002 after high school friends Slade and King bumped into each other at a local guitar shop. The Fray achieved national success with their 2005 debut, featuring the hit singles “Over My Head (Cable Car)” and “How to Save a Life,” which went double-platinum. The band also earned a 2010 Grammy nomination for their self-titled release.