Saturday, December 27, 2014

'The Fray' Album Review

Hello guys! How are you doing? Today, as I had mentioned before, I’ve decided to do something different, and review one of The Fray’s albums!
I’ve reviewed albums before in other of my blogs, but never reviewed any here, and, it’s something I felt like a must.
The album I’ve chosen is my favorite The Fray album so far: ‘The Fray’. I love all their albums, but I have an especial love for this one. I find it very hard to choose among The Fray albums, and, ‘How to Save a Life’ is very close to this one in my favorite The Fray albums list.
The sophomore album ‘The Fray’ was released in 2009, and mostly recorded in 2008. It was produced by Aaron Johnson and Mike Flynn, who had already produced The Fray’s first album ‘How to Save a Life’ (this one I’m talking about is their second one). The album was released with the record label “epic records”.
Since this is a blog about The Fray, I won’t stop much to talk about the band. They’re an alternative rock band from the U.S., and the band is currently formed by Isaac Slade (piano, vocals), Joe King (guitar, vocals), Dave Welsh (guitar) and Ben Wysocki (drums). And, the band was formed in 2002.
The album contains ten tracks, and three of its songs have music videos: “You Found Me”, “Never Say Never” and “Syndicate”. The music genre of the album is a piano rock/alternative rock style of music. The album has a different lyrical content than the first one, although both albums are similar in some ways. All the songs were written by Isaac Slade and Joe King, except “Say When” and “Happiness”, which were written by Isaac Slade. Also, the lead singer in “Ungodly Hour” is Joe King instead of Isaac Slade.
Track by track:
- Syndicate: a piano driven track which turns out alternative rock gives the album a pretty good start. This song is about life and how sometimes it feels like we’ve lost it all, and it gives a message that everything isn’t lost yet.
- Absolute: this is the most energetic song off the album, and it’s electric guitar driven. This song is about a love relationship which isn’t as it seems, and someone out of it notices that and wants to do something about it.
- You Found Me: this song turns out to be a quieter song than the other two ones, yet there are quieter songs in this album. I’ve talked about the meaning behind this song in a post before, so I won’t say much about this track. This song is about the lead singer of the band, Isaac Slade, a tough time in his life and losing faith.
- Say When: it starts as a quiet song, with a low singing and low instruments. But, as the song goes by, it changes as well. The track is a love one, and a really interesting one though. It’s a whole story told in five minutes. It also mentions war and nations. An amazing song with amazing lyrics.
- Never Say Never: a pretty nice piano ballad, which is the quietest one from the album so far. The lyrics are about Joe’s marriage and how it was falling apart.
- Where the Story Ends: this song has an amazing instrumental, and it’s based on the piano as well. It’s about Isaac’s relationship with his current wife in the beginning, and how both were feeling like strangers.
- Enough for Now: this track has got a style similar that ‘Where the Story Ends’. The lyrics are very different though. They’re about Isaac’s mother and how his father didn’t show her how he loved her.
- Ungodly Hour: in this song we can find a very quiet and low beat and instrumental. This track is about a love relationship going through a hard time.
- We Build Then We Break: here we can find a different beat and music style than in the rest of the album, with also “aggressive” vocals coming from the singer. It seems to be about a person who’s hurt a woman, and the singer is showing his position of support and is warning that person.
- Happiness: the album finished with an acoustic song which consists of a guitar and the vocals in most of the song. The title says what the song is about, and, in a personal level (talking about the band) Isaac has said that it’s about his grandpa, but also about his wife.
This is the track by track. I haven’t said all I could about each song at all, because, to go into deeper details, I prefer to write a post about only the song. I’m planning to write more posts about the songs that I haven’t yet.

This is my review of the album, I hope you liked it. It’d me amazing if you shared with me your thoughts of the album and of my review! Thank you so much for reading and stuff! Below I’m posting the video of the song “Syndicate” for you to give it a listen: 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

"Silent Night" for free!

Hey there! We’re only a few days from Christmas, and the guys from The Fray have a little present for us.
Well, last year, around this date, I posted about The Fray’s EP with covers of Christmas’ songs. And, The Fray has just posted that they’re giving for free their version of “Silent Night”. Are you interested in it? I’m writing here the link in case you want to listen to it these holidays!
Here you can listen to the song before you download it too: 

By the way, I’ve been thinking of writing reviews of The Fray’s albums on here, do you like the idea? I thought it might be cool, but I also want to know what you guys think! So below in the comments, let me know that :)

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Throwback Thursday

Hello guys! How are you all doing? Since it’s been almost a month since Helios tour finished, I decided that it might be cool to post some pictures from the tour! Did any of you come to the Helios tour? If so, how was it? Also, if you want me to post pictures from the Helios tour that you took, you can send me them to my twitter account and I’ll post them! (@bandskeepalive) 

Saturday, November 8, 2014

My Interpretation Of Syndicate

Hey there! Today, I’ve decided to talk about the song “Syndicate”. Since I don’t know what inspired The Fray to write the song, I’ll talk about what’s its meaning to me.
I think the song is about how hard life can be, about how you don’t really know who you are, “what you’re made of”, until you see the darkest side of life. But, the song gives a clear hope message. “Don’t forget, we haven’t lost it all yet”, I think we all should remember that when we’re feeling down. Sometimes it feels like we’ve lost everything, but that’s not true, you still have many reasons to keep going.

So this is what I think of the song. I usually listen to it when I’m feeling down, it always helps :) You can listen to the song below and let me know in the comments what you think!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Joe King & Candice Accola finally get married!

Hello guys! So, Joe King and Candice Accola have already got married! Isn’t that amazing? Joe King, in case you don’t know, is The Fray’s guitarist and back up vocalist; and Candice Accola is an actress who acts in the Vampire Diaries. The couple has post on instagram pictures and also a video. I’m posting below a picture of the wedding and a link for the video, which is so beautiful:

Friday, October 17, 2014

The story of Look After You

Hey there! How are you all doing? It’s been a long while since I last post a story behind a Fray song, and today I decided to do another one again!
Actually, this song I’m going to talk about is a really known one by people, from their first album: “Look After You”.

The song was written by Isaac Slade and Joe King, and it’s from their album How to Save a Life, from 2005. Isaac Slade says he wrote it to who was his girlfriend in that time, Anna, who later became his wife. Slade also added that he was with his band recording the album, and she was in Australia, and she sent him a video tape with her and some friends saying Merry Christmas. The friends were saying “we’ll look after her for you”, and Isaac said it moved him. That’s what he said in an interview talking about the song. Below I’m posting the interview and a piano version of it: 

Sunday, October 12, 2014

10 Covers Of The Fray's Songs

Hey there guys! I have to apologize because lately I’m barely posting, and I’m sorry about that :( But here I am, and this time I’m posting something “different”. I’ve decided to post a few covers of some of The Fray’s songs. I love listening to covers, because you can listen to another variety of a song you love, so I hope you enjoy these covers as much as I did:

Alex Goot & Kurt Schneider - How to Save a Life

 Janick Thibault - You Found Me

 Jannik Brunke & Ben Woodward - You Found Me

Corey Gray & Jake Coco - Heartbeat

Ben Arleth - Never Say Never

 Marius Gröh - Syndicate

Illuse Them - Love Don't Die

 "ctraltrock" (that's the YouTube user) - Happiness

Luke Hemmings - You Found Me

Tyler Ward & Max Schneider - How to Save a Life

Well, this is it, 10 amazing covers of The Fray's songs. I'd like to know what you guys think of these covers, and what you think of this kind of post. Let me know it below in the comments!

Friday, September 26, 2014

The Fray in Front And Center's episode!

Hey there! The Fray is in Front And Center’s episode of November 18th! Will you watch it? I hope so! It seems that it’s going to be a great one ;) Below I’m posting the preview of the show:

Friday, August 15, 2014

Happy Birthday Dave Welsh!

Hey there guys! Today, 15th August, it’s David Michael Welsh’s birthday (aka Dave Welsh though). He’s now 30 years old! Wow, time goes so fast… right? For those who don’t know it, Dave is the lead guitarist of the band ;) Here I’m posting some pictures of Dave:

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Fray Yahoo Live

Hey there everyone! Yesterday, The Fray had a concert which was via livestream too!  At 8:30 PM ET, the concert was live in Yahoo Live. I watched it this morning, because here in Spain it was very late and I fell asleep before it started… and all I can say is that it was completely amazing! I’ve loved it so much, and I wish I could’ve been there! I even cried a few times while watching it (The Fray’s fault), and if you like The Fray you should definitely go watch it and, when you watch it, let me know what you think of it :)

Below I’m posting the link so you can go watch it all the times you want!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Favorite Live Performances

Hey there! I’ve decided to post here some of my favorite live /acoustic performances of The Fray so you can watch them and tell me if you agree with me or not. I think the performances are so amazing, well, it’s The Fray, they’re an amazing band live/acoustic, so it’s hard to choose, but those are one of my favorites:

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Break Your Plans Official Music Video

Hey there! Guess what? The Fray has just released a new music video :) The video is for their single ‘Break Your Plan’, from their last album Helios. Have you already seen it? If so, did you like it? I enjoyed it myself so much, I loved it! It’s actually one of my favorite songs from Helios, so I loved the fact they made a video for it. Below you can watch the video in case you haven’t: 

Monday, May 26, 2014

Happy Birthday Isaac Slade!

Hey! Today, 26th of May, 33 years ago, was born in Colorado Isaac Slade. Isaac is the lead singer, pianist, co-songwriter, co-founder and frontman of The Fray. He is married with Anna Slade since 2006 and has one baby called Judah Alexander Slade. What else can I say about him? I’ve already posted his biography here, so I think I’ve said everything I know about him, you can check it in later post though. Enjoy these pictures of him by the way!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Joe King's 34th Birthday!

Hey there everyone! You know what day today is, right? It’s Joe’s 34th birthday! Wow, it’s scary how much time flies… Joseph Adam King is the guitarist, co-songwriter and singer of backing vocals of The Fray. He is also one of the co-founders of the band. He was just 22 years old when The Fray was founded. He is the oldest member of The Fray, is engaged to Candice Accola and has two beautiful girls called Ava and Elise. I’m posting some pictures of Joe for you to see: 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Baby Slade

In one of the last posts I wrote, I said that I didn’t know anything about baby Slade, but things have changed! The baby is called Judah Alexander Slade, and The Fray posted a picture of him on Facebook, so I’m going to post here that picture so you can see another picture of him. Isn’t he one of the cutest babies ever? 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Helios Tour

Hey! I wanted to let you know some news about The Fray that you would like to know. Their tour dates are out now, so some of you might have your tickets already if they’re coming to your city or near, or maybe they aren’t coming near you.

I’m not going, because they haven’t announced any date in my country (Spain though). I hope they do anytime soon, because I really want to see them live. They say there’ll be more dates, so I haven’t lost hope yet :) What about you guys? Are you going to Helios Tour? If you, which dates? Let me know! 
Here you can see the dates for their American, and European & South African tour: 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Baby Slade & Baby Wysocki

Hello there! So, two members of The Fray were expecting their first babies, as you know. Ben Wysocki’s baby is a girl and is called Roxanne. About Isaac Slade’s baby we don’t know anything, not even the gender. So we’ll have to wait until he says it. But we have been able to see a picture of both babies uploaded by Ben Wysocki in his instagram, so I’m going to show you that photo and another one of Roxi and Ben together:
P.S.: In the photo with two babies, the one in the left is baby Slade and in the right it is baby Wysocki.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The Waiting Is Over

The waiting is finally over! Today, Helios has been officially released. The Fray has also uploaded the audio of some of the songs (if not all), so you can listen to them via YouTube. What do you think?
For me, the best song in the album is Keep On Wanting, so I’m going to post the audio of it here:

Also I think you’d like to know that Helios is out worldwide, but except Europe, where is out March 3rd. I hope you like it and have a nice day :)

Sunday, February 23, 2014

2 days to Helios

You know which day today is, right? It’s 23th of February. I know it is a normal day, but it isn’t if we count the fact that in 2 days Helios will be officially released! Our waiting will be over in two days. Have you listened to the album yet? The Fray posted on Facebook a link where you can. So, I’m going to post it so, if you haven’t already, you can listen to it and enjoy it. In my opinion, it is very different than anything they have done before, but it is still amazing. It first didn’t get me much, but it has grown on me so fast and now I love it. What about you people?

Here you can listen to the album:

Friday, February 14, 2014

A Song for Valentine's Day

Hello guys! I haven’t posted anything since like a month, but today I’m going to tell you something you might like to know.
Five years ago, a day like this, The Fray released their song “Be the One”. They were told the 13th February to write a song for Valentine’s Day, so they did it. It’s amazing how they wrote a wonderful song like that in 24 hours, isn’t it?

Here you can give a try the song if you haven’t already; hope you like it anyway :)

Friday, January 17, 2014

The Fray News!

Hey! What’s up? I’m here to bring you some great news ;) I should start telling you that last Tuesday (14th) The Fray released their new single from their new album (Helios), called Hurricane. Have you already heard it? If so, what do you think about it? I would like to know it :) in my opinion, it’s totally amazing!

Also I think you would like to have a listen to their performances of the same day in Jimmy Kimmel Live, here you can listen to Heartbeat and Love Don't Die there! 

Thursday, January 2, 2014

The Fray Performing In The New Year's Eve

Well, in the last post I showed you the countdown for the new year's eve with The Fray, and in this you’ll be able to watch their performances.

They performed live How to Save a Life and Love Don’t Die. The performances were amazing and perfectly made, as usually. Also I’ll post here an interview they made to ABC, so you can enjoy it too :) Hope you like it! 

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year!

Hey there! Happy new year to everyone! I hope you all have spent the new years’ eve with your loved ones :) Also I hope your wishes come true and you all have a very good year! 
Here there’s a video that I think you might like to watch: our guys in the countdown for ABC.

Also to celebrate the new years, I’ll post here some cool pictures of The Fray that I really like... 

Well, maybe I should have posted this pictures sooner :S