Ken Leighton 12:30 p.m., Feb. 21
RIYL: Blink 182, the Killers, Louis XIV, Nervous Wreckords
Inception: San Diego, 2015
Influences: Arctic Monkeys, the 1975, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Blink 182, Oasis, Kings of Leon, the Killers, Sundara Karma, the Technicolors
Originally based in Pacific Beach and known as Lad’s Holiday, indie-alternative group the Frets formed in late 2015 when founding members Liam Wilkes (a native of Manchester, England) and Cody Seeger met via Craigslist. “We were both playing in another band that we had found on Craigslist,” says Seeger. “We didn’t have much of a say from a creative aspect, and that band was heading in a different direction musically than we wanted to go.”
After forming Lad's Holiday, their 2016 six-song release The EP was recorded with Skyler Lutes at his Sunset Cliffs based studio, with Lutes eventually joining the band, along with drummer Jack McCain. With onstage banter inspired by Blink 182, the group performed at the Music Box, House of Blues, Soma, 710 Beach Club, Tin Roof, and elsewhere.
Wilkes and Seeger later changed the band name to the Frets, billing themselves as based in both San Diego and Manchester, England, and now backed by John Martinez and Mike Moffett. They released their Blur EP in August 2018, preceded by singles for “Break Me” and “Blur.”
"The EP is self-released," guitarist Cody Seeger told the Reader. "However, we recorded the EP in Nashville at Dark Horse Recording and Castle Recording Studios with five time Grammy nominated producer Billy Smiley. There are two tracks on the EP, 'BLUR' and 'Don’t Wanna Know,' that were mixed by engineer Mark Needham [The Killers, Imagine Dragons, Fleetwood Mac]." The EP was promoted with a video for "Break Me."
- Blur EP