The four-man band thrilled the audience with a fuss-free set
Text: Lee Wei Lin
Photos: Asia Pacific Breweries
Videos: Tay Yixuan
In the age where entertainers try to outdo themselves and others with fancy pyrotechnics, eye-popping stage costumes – basically anything that will elicit a wow from the audience – The Fray performed an oddly stripped down show yesterday. No costume changes, no fancy surprises – just them and their instruments, doing what they love best.
Here in town for this year’s Guinness Arthur’s Day celebrations, the quartet met the media a day before their gig yesterday and shared that what constituted a bold move to them was to perform some of their new songs off their upcoming studio album – something that was already very different from what some of the celebrities who hit town aim to do.
Opening the concert with a track from their yet-to-be-released fourth album, ‘Hold My Hand’, the crowd cheered and swayed along to the music in the standing-only purpose-built venue. Located at The Promontory @ Marina Bay, the pint-shaped arena was probably the only fancy part of the entire gig.
With pints of Guinness in hand, the crowd was just getting warmed up when lead vocalist Isaac Slade started crooning to ‘You Found Me’, a crowd-pleaser that was greeted by whoops of delight and followed by a collective sing-along session. The biggest response, however, was reserved for their all-time favourite track ‘How to Save a Life’, where the fans’ voices almost blanketed the band’s.