The Fray Switched Gears For New Album 'Helios'

02/24/2014
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(Radio.com) Coming off the release of 2012's Scars & Stories, helmed by legendary producer Brendan O'Brien, The Fray have decided to switch gears. The band teamed up with London producer Stuart Price for their fourth release, Helios. And if you ask frontman Isaac Slade and guitarist Joe King, they'll tell you he's the guy who helped them push their sound to a new level.

"He's a DJ by night, producer by day," Slade told Radio.com. "He would bring in a new piece of 1970s electronics every week and just show us how to plug things in and get the weirdest sounds out of it."

Likening him to a scientist, Slade said Price worked with each band member individually to open up and expand their sound. Price even suggested that guitarist Dave Welsh switch to the synths as a new way of mimicking the chords he would usually play on his guitar.

"[Price] jumped into each one of our cubicles and pushed me like crazy on getting that third or fourth vocal take instead of 30 or 40 takes, which I usually do, " Slade said, adding. "He got into each one of our worlds, figured out the limits and pushed them."

The band also got a little help from OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder, who wrote and produced The Fray's latest single, "Love Don't Die." Though it's just their first time working with Tedder, the OneRepublic frontman has known King since he was a teenager.

"I played high school soccer against him," King explained. "We connected right when both of our bands were trying to get signed. We were emailing each other, 'Who are you talking to?' We had this artistic trust together against the industry and for each other." more on this story

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