Joe King is a guitarist, songwriter and the co-founder of The Fray. I caught up with Joe prior to their Boston show.
SD: How has your musical style changed since releasing your first album, “How to Save a Life” back in 2005?
JK: Wow, honestly looking down at the printed set list in front of me right now. It’s our live in songs over the last 10 years. It’s a snap shot in 89 minutes. I think our music has grown and changed as time goes on. Looking back at myself and the songs I first wrote they were so innocence. The songs I am writing today are more confident and reflect where I am now. Also, I am enjoying the shows more because I am not comparing myself to other artists.
SD: Your fourth album “Helios” was released earlier this year. Is there any pressure to live up to previous albums and their successes when you are recording a new album?
JK: There is always pressure and it happens in several layers. There is the artistic pressure. I want to feel like I am writing better songs. Then there is industry pressure. You always want to sell more albums than the last one. I really try to completely live in the now and not let the past pressures affect me.
SD: I read that you originally played the piano, why the switch to guitar?
JK: I felt like it is a great instrument to start out with. For any parents reading this, please have all your kids learn it. For me, after a couple of years, I decided I wanted to change tones. It is funny because you always go back to your roots and I find myself playing out melodies when I am writing. The piano is like a long lost lover, you always find your way back.
SD: How is the tour going and do you have any highlights of it that you want to share?
JK: I am having more fun than ever. It is a blast! We are four albums in and now have a great catalogue of songs to play. Plus, it is always fun to see the sights of the city we are in. Find a place to drink a beer and hang out. We are very thankful that fans are still coming out.
SD: What can the audience expect to see/hear at the Boston show?
JK: There is a percentage of fans that have been with us since the beginning. I remember playing in small venues around Boston and it was fun. I l love that our fans have grown up with us. It is always like a family reunion with the fighting. We are going to share the last 10 years of our lives and music with our fans.
For more information on Joe King and The Fray visit www.thefray.com and to purchase tickets to see The Fray at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion on July 30th visit www.livenation.com