After its 2005 debut album, “How to Save a Life,” went double-platinum, the stakes are a little higher for The Fray’s next step. “There’s definitely that pressure,” guitarist Joe King says of “The Fray,” which comes out Feb. 3. “You want to do well with your second (album). You see those bands that fall off the Earth on their second record. We don’t want that.”
But King, 28, says he and his three bandmates also sought “to eliminate the pressure of having to write a record that will be, commercially, as successful. You have to eliminate the idea that ‘I need to write hits songs,’ because that’ll just kill the creativity. You just have to do what comes naturally and then hope that it’s just as (successful).”
There’s evidence that will be the case. The new album’s first single, “You Found Me” — which The Fray debuted in November on ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” and at the American Music Awards — is already in the Top 15 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Frontman Isaac Slade says the song is “kind of coming from ... a place of watching a lot of people go through a lot of hard stuff, and good people getting bad stuff happening to them, and it’s just kind of the big question mark for life, I guess.”
But King, who formed The Fray with Slade seven years ago in Denver, says the group has focused mostly on the good things that have happened to it during the past four years.
“For the first record, our whole goal was just to sell enough and tour enough to build up a base so that we could just survive as artists and cut a second record, and hopefully, by the second or third, it would explode,” he explains with a laugh. “But the five-year goal has already happened, so we’ve just been revising the plan as we’ve gone along.”
The Fray and Vedera perform Saturday (Jan. 10) at St. Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Tickets are sold out. Call (313) 961-6358 or visit www.livenation.com.
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