News: The Fray is back in the recording studio working on album No. 3By Ricardo Baca | January 21st, 2010 | 2 comments
Fans of Denver-based rock act the Fray can relax. The band is back in the studio to start collecting and writing for its third record, frontman Isaac Slade said.
“The hardest part is being OK with that process, with the beginnings of it all being so rough,” Slade said this week about the early days of putting songs together from notes and recordings. “Today we’re in a studio we rented in Thornton, and the songs are so rough that I have to keep reminding myself that we can rearrange all that later.”
Slade said that many of the songs on the band’s eponymous follow-up to the multiplatinum “How to Save a Life” came from the same brainstorming sessions as the first record.
“They came from the same creative space,” Slade said. “Now it’s the Wild West, and it’s time to bring a lot of fresh blood to the writing process.
“It feels like we’re sitting on horses riding off the side of the highway through the fields, like there are no charted paths. We’ve done a lot artistically and commercially, and now it’s time to have fun and push ourselves.”
The Fray is up for two Grammys on Jan. 31.
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