In support of their latest 2020- album, 1692, Cleveland, USA- based heavy witch doom act FRAYLE has announced a series of European tour dates, and no, not for 2022 but kicking off THIS October!
FRAYLE makes music for the night sky. The group was formed in 2017 by guitarist Sean Bilovecky (formerly of now-defunct Man’s Ruin recording artists Disengage) and vocalist Gwyn Strang, a singer with an alluring voice and an equally compelling flair for imagery. Ever since their 2018- debut EP The White Witch, FRAYLE’s “lullabies over chaos” approach to songwriting allows the group the freedom to explore what is possible with heavy music; its gorgeously ominous sound a result of complex layering and tone stacking while simultaneously overseeing the perfectly delicate balance between heaving, heavy riffs and haunting vocal melodies. With its first full-length, 1692 (Aqualamb Records, Lay Bare Recordings) – which has been lauded by the international music press such as Revolver Magazine, Kerrang!, Metal Injection, Pop Matters and Consequence Of Sound to name just a few – FRAYLE pushes the immense intensity and gorgeous ache of its unique sound and style through to uncompromising new plateaus. While there is much darkness on the record, it’s also contrasted superbly with beauty, both fragile and fierce, in a way that feels weightless rather than plummeting, as if release truly is a possibility.
Complex layering and tone stacking is a hallmark of their music. Each musical element is thoughtfully composed resulting in a unique combination of midrange-heavy guitars, syncopated rhythms, and unexpected vocal progressions. Extraordinary vocalist Gwyn tells stories of heart break, anger, hypocrisy and resolution, asking the audience for empathy, and in turn inspiring vulnerability. Drawing inspiration from bands like Sleep, Portishead, Beastwars, Blonde Redhead, Kyuss, Massive Attack, Down, Chelsea Wolfe, and many more, FRAYLE exists at the intersection of doom and dream pop.
Today, the band has not only announced to hit the European roads in just a couple of weeks, but also released a gripping cover version of “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” by British dark wave giants BAUHAUS. Says vocalist Gwyn Strang:
“I was nervous to cover “Bela Lugosi’s Dead”.
It’s what I consider a perfect song; ambient and creepy and it crawls along, keeping your attention the entire time. I wanted to make sure we did it justice so we took some extra time with it to make it something we’re happy to share. The first half of our version pays homage to the original while the second half is definitively “Frayle”.
“We are excited and eager to get back to Europe,“ The band comments. “The past few years were spent crafting our sound and building upon what was started with our debut release “The White Witch”. The pandemic halted our plans to tour our most recent record “1692” so this will be the first time we have been able to fully support our record. Also expect some surprise material that we have been working on.”
Make sure to catch FRAYLE live on their upcoming Isolation’s End Tour at the following dates this Fall:
27-10-2021 Cologne DE @ Sonic Ballroom
28-10-2021 Nijmegen NL @ Merleyn*
29-10-2021 Utrecht NL @ DB’s*
30-10-2021 Ghent BE @ Desertfest
31-10-2021 Breda BE @ Mezz*
1-11-2021 Bilzen BE @ South of Heaven*
4-11-2021 Stuttgart DE @ Club Cann*
6-11-2021 Terneuzen NL @ The Pit*
* with THE FIFTH ALLIANCE + MOULD