After recapping its career so far on the new Through The Years: The Best of the Fray, the Denver group is ready for its next step -- and telegraphs it with the three new songs included on the compilation.
"When we were putting together the hits album we knew we wanted a few songs on there as a snapshot of where we are now to complete the full picture of the arc of our career, and those three are kind of obvious choices," The Fray drummer Ben Wysocki tells Billboard. "We had been writing for awhile and had a lot of material to sort through. We weren't sure what we were going to do with them or how we wanted them to be represented, so this felt like a good way to get them out."
The Fray still has a backlog of new material it's been working on, which the group is sorting through and working on while it's on the road. "We do have a fair amount of new material," he says. "I think the process of looking back has been essential for us to know where we want to go. In the past we might have by default just pushed ahead and record things when we have them, but right now I think we're starting to look at the bigger picture of how we want to release the music or why we want to or what we want that to look like." He's certain, however, that whatever comes will incorporate some new directions and flavors.