The Fray is a Denver-based rock group best known for their singles "Over My Head (Cable Car)", "How To Save A Life", and their piano-rock style of music.
The current members are:
- Isaac Slade: lead vocals, piano/keyboard
- David "Dave" Welsh: lead guitar
- Joe King: guitar, backing vocals
- Ben Wysocki: drums, percussion
The band's songs contain examples of:
- Angsty Surviving Twin: The main character of "Run For Your Life" is one.
- Berlin Wall:
- Referenced in "Hundred"
- More obvious in "1961", where it's used as a metaphor for walls we build up to not let people in.
- As the Good Book Says: Minor example in "Absolute":
Yet man was born to trouble, like sparks fly upward... note
- Blithe Spirit: Of the girl in "Turn Me On", Slade said, "She's like a belly dancer almost in a very rigid, stiff, kind of regimented, legalistic world. She comes in and kind of upsets the food cart."
- Crowd Song: "All At Once" references a crowd bursting into song.
- Despair Event Horizon:
- A number of songs seem to be written from the wrong side. Examples include "Trust Me," "Over My Head (Cable Car)" and "You Found Me."
- "How To Save A Life" has someone else going over this.
- "Run For Your Life" is about a girl with a dead twin sister and trying to keep her from crossing it.
- Disappeared Dad: The father in "Enough for now", who "left my mother's mother without so much as a kiss", and while it's unclear exactly what happened the first verse says he's "no longer with us" and later lyrics suggest he's dead.
- Downer Ending: "Happiness" (see below.)
- Driven to Suicide: It appears that "How To Save a Life" is a song about someone who was driven to killing themselves.
- Grief Song: "How To Save A Life" is about being unable to save someone from themselves, though it's officially open to interpretation.
- Hikikomori: "Little House" seems to be about one.
- In the Blood: "Turn Me On".
- "I Want" Song: "She Is"
She is everything I need that I never knew I wanted, she is everything I want that I never knew I needed
- "Without Reason" from the Reason EP is another.
- Never Trust a Title: "Happiness" is nothing like it sounds. It's an extremely sad song that puts some of U2's album closers to shame.
- Not Christian Rock: A special example since all the members are Christians and their songs tend to feature some very spiritual imagery. Although they've decided to brand themselves as a secular band in an attempt to reach out to a wider audience, some of their songs are still played on Christian radio.
- Rage Against the Heavens: "You Found Me" is addressed to God with the question "Where were you?" Also a bit of Smite Me, O Mighty Smiter involved. Fairly mild, though, given that Isaac Slade is a Christian. Note that, even if He was "just a little late," God showed up anyway, and although the song is very emotional, it does have a slight air of gratefulness.
- Rags to Royalty: In 2006 Isaac Slade was named heir to the estate of Sir Baron Benjamin Slade, a distant cousin of his.
- Self-Titled Album: Oddly enough, their second album was this.
- Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: "Trust Me" plays around with this; the speaker seems sad that the addressee will understand "when you're older," but equally despairing at the idea that they never might.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: According to Slade, "Turn Me On" is about a Romeo and Juliet style love affair.
- Train-Station Goodbye: "Vienna"
- What the Hell Is That Accent?: Isaac. Naturally leading to the occasional:
- Why Couldn't You Be Different?: "Enough For Now" is about a man who wanted a son to inherit his name, but had a daughter instead. The lyrics suggest that it's about the grandfather of a band member.