Interview with Ben Wysocki of The Fray: All Grown Up

With a history of only seven years as a band, rather than being shocked by how far they’ve traveled in such a short time, Wysocki says they interpret their success as a sign that they’re on the right path, above anything else. “There are definitely pinch yourself moments but at the same time we’ve settled into really feeling like this is what we should be doing. And when we get on stage and play music for people it’s the coolest feeling in the world. The nerves have kind of gone away because I think the confidence has somewhat replaced that. But at the same time, that can all get blown out of the water with something as simple as somebody’s grandma coming to the show.”

Touring the States at the moment, The Fray’s got big plans for killer shows this time around. Wysocki says they’re more experienced as performers, and can’t wait to unleash their new tracks on crowds. “We’re learning a lot about who we are as performers as well as musicians because those are two different facets that you can kind of explore as separate things, and also how they interact. When we first started touring we would just get on stage and play songs, and get off stage. But the more people that started coming to the shows, the more we realized that with a show, people walk into that room and want to be entertained. And that’s the business we’re in. So we’re growing up as performers and learning a lot about that,” he says.

“We don’t really want to shock anyone or blow anything up on stage. We just want to do what we do but do it on a really big level so that the person in the back row gets the same show as the person in the front row. We’re really excited to play these new songs in front of people. We really like them, and obviously, we’ve gotten some really great reaction off the new record which makes us feel awesome. So we’re excited to play these songs for people and just share the experience with them.”

Catch The Fray at the PNC Bank Arts Center on June 19, at the Susquehanna Bank Center on June 24 and at Jones Beach Amphitheatre on June 25. For more info, visit