About The Artist
The Set List
-The Crew at Walmart Soundcheck
On Their Songwriting Process:
Isaac: “Joe and I generally craft the initial body of the song. We’re always trying to get that tension between happy-sounding “happy song,” which nobody wants, and a sad-sounding "sad song" that nobody really wants. Generally the songs that don’t make the record are the ones that go too far one way or the other.”
On Life As Inspiration:
Joe: "You have to experience and you have to live. You have to go out and look. Those are things you pull from and hopefully you can put it into a story or a song.”
On Their New Record:
Joe: “On this record there are songs about extreme loss, loneliness. There are songs about adventure, going out to experience new things, the beauty of a woman’s body. So much of our lives are wrapped into [this record]. We just try to be honest.”
On The New Album’s Title:
Isaac: “Scars end up being a map of what you’ve been through. At some point in a relationship you have to show those - whether they’re physical scars or emotional scars or just experiences you’ve been through. It’s always a vulnerable thing to tell.”
• The Fray is: Isaac Slade (vocals, piano), Joe King (vocals, guitar), Dave Welsh (lead guitar), and drummer Ben Wysocki.
• They’re from Denver, Colorado. School buddies Isaac Slade and Joe King formed the band in 2002 and found worldwide fame with their 2005 hit, ‘How To Save A Life.’
• They’re Grammy Award nominees. The band received a 2010 Grammy nomination for their self-titled second album.
• The band’s third studio album is titled ‘Scars & Stories.' Produced by Brendan O’Brien (Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam) ‘Scars & Stories’ was recorded at the legendary Blackbird Studios in Nashville, Tennessee. Explains Isaac: “Scars end up being a map of what you’ve been through. At some point in a relationship you have to show those - whether they’re physical scars or emotional scars or just experiences you’ve been through. It’s always a vulnerable thing to tell.”
• ‘Scars & Stories’ is in stores now! Pick up a copy of the record online and in Walmart stores nationwide.
The Fray opens their Walmart Soundcheck set with ‘You Found Me,’ a powerful ballad about the darker side of life. (Isaac Slade has said in interviews that the song was written as a questioning of why bad things happen to good people.) Sings Isaac: “I found God / On the corner of First and Amistad / Where the west was all but won.”
Run For Your Life
One of the standout tracks on 'Scars & Stories' is a track the band wrote about facing your fears. Explains Joe: “I’ve had destruction in my life; I’ve had things completely fall apart. The temptation is just to kind of run away. It’s hard to go back to that but there’s still beauty in that pile of mess.”
Turn Me On
While much of 'Scars & Stories' is questioning and contemplative, ‘Turn Me On’ finds The Fray in the mood to funk. Explains Joe: “We were just kind of bored in our studio, and [we started] YouTubing and looking for funny stuff. We came across this amazing exotic belly dancing video. We thought, ‘Let’s just write about the movement of the body and the expression of the body...’”
The first single from ‘Scars & Stories’ was inspired by a real trip to Rwanda. Explains Isaac: “I met this woman and I imagined what her life was like... I wanted to ask her all these questions but I just didn’t have the guts, so I wrote a song instead.”
The Fray closes with a beautiful tune from ‘Songs & Stories,’ inspired by a time when Joe felt “lost at sea.” Both melancholic and uplifting, ‘The Wind’ is a redemptive ballad about finding your way home. Sings Isaac: “I don’t know where I am / And you tell me / Will I break or will I bend?”