The Fray Try Out Different Kinds of Pop for New Album

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The Fray

The Fray haven't always tried to make songs that appeal to the mainstream.

It's that strategy that earned them success in 2005 when the singles, "Over My Head (Cable Car)" and "How to Save a Life" made the Denver band practically inescapable to anyone with the ability to listen to music. The passion of singer Issac Slade's vocals with the band's poignant lyrics resonated well against their catchy piano-driven melodies. It was a powerful formula that they used again on their Grammy nominated self-titled second album and the single,"You Found Me," topped the charts as a result.

The quartet, which in addition to Slade includes guitarists Joe King and Dave Welsh and drummer Ben Wysocki, attempted to change things up with their third album Scars and Stories. It's their latest release, Helios, that they really tampers with the recipe. Under the guidance of British producer Stuart Price (The Killers, Pet Shop Boys), the zeal and emotion are still there, but the piano makes way for electro-pop anthems that draw influence from their contemporaries OneRepublic and Imagine Dragons.

These songs will add a new dimension to The Fray's show at Comerica Theatre on June 11. Welsh talked with Up on the Sun from Montana in anticipation of their appearance.

Up on the Sun: How have things changed for The Fray in the last few years?

Dave Welsh: All of us are married or about to be married. Both Ben (Wysocki) and I are now fathers. It's changing quite a bit. Adulthood is setting in very quickly.

Is it hard to do a tour with all this going on?

Some days it's hard, and some days it actually makes you feel more purposeful. You got somewhere to send the checks, if you know what I mean. It makes you feel more mature in a way, with a family behind you. It's like any other job, but you just happen to drive around like a circus.

You met through playing in church. Do you consider yourself a Christian band?

Collectively, no. I don't think we do. We all grew up in church. The benefits are churches have a really great built-in venue for music. Especially when you're a kid, it was great learning how to play with other people. As we've grown up, we have found our own voice. Some of us don't follow as closely as others. Once you grow up, you learn to branch out.

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