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The Fray heads to REH in support of Helios
Denver-based piano-driven pop-rock quartet is touring in support of new album
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Ruth Eckerd Hall welcomes The Fray July 21. The band is touring in support of their fourth album, “Helios.”
CLEARWATER – Celebrating the release of “Helios,” The Fray is in the midst of a nationwide tour. The Fray will perform Monday, July 21, 7 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road.

Tickets start at $43.25. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com.

“Helios,” the band’s fourth album, was released in February to widespread 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 lead single “Love Don’t Die,” produced by Ryan Tedder premiered on the “Today Show” followed by performances on “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 Fray’s lineup features Isaac Slade on vocals and piano, Joe King on guitar and vocals, Dave Welsh on guitar, and Ben Wysocki on drums. According to a press release from Sacks & Co promoting the tour, 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. That album featured the singles “You Found Me” and “Never Say Never.”

The Fray’s next album, “Scars & Stories,” hit the shelves in February 2012. The album debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 charts. The lead single, “Heartbeat,” was inspired by Slade’s experiences traveling abroad. The band followed “Heartbeat” with a second single from the album, “Run for Your Life.”

Following the success of the lead single “Love Don’t Die” off of the new album “Helios,” The Fray’s latest track off the new record is “Break Your Plans.

“We wanted to capture the moment right before a couple parts ways, where everything is pointing to the split, and one of them suddenly gets this fire – almost out of nowhere,” Slade said, talking about how the band conceived of the single. “Maybe it’s the feeling of the other just starting to leave, maybe it's a moment-in-time but suddenly there's fight left, and they go for it.”

Stuart Price who has worked with artists such as The Killers, Madonna and Keane produced “Helios,” released on Epic Records.

"Working with Stuart was the best of both worlds,” Slade said in a band biography provided by Paradigm Talent Agency. “We brought our organic instruments, and he brought his arsenal of electronic antiques. This record is all about running to the front lines of what we've done and pushing our borders even farther. Electronic instruments, drum samples, enormous backing vocals, opening up our writing to folks outside our camp."

The same month “Helios” was released, The Fray performed alongside the Russian art collective Pussy Riot as part of Amnesty International's Bring Human Rights Home show at Barclay's Center in Brooklyn, New York.

"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."
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