The Frightnrs were formed in 2010 in Queens, NY. The four piece ensemble took the cooled out vintage vibes of Jamaican rock steady, combined it with the raw energy and vocal stylings of '80s Rub A Dub, and added a touch of punk rock spirit to create an entirely unique sound that redefines what a reggae band can sound like.
Before front man Dan Kleinʼs unfortunate passing from what is commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease, the Frightnrs agreed to keep a promise he asked of them - continue making music together. Part of that promise has been made manifest here... Always - their raw soulful new long player.
The road to Always began with a period of intense songwriting back when the Frightnrs and producer Victor Axelrod were working on the group's debut, the rocksteady masterpiece Nothing More To Say. In addition to the scorchers heard on that LP, Axelrod and The Frightnrs agreed that some of the other recordings were too sweet to tamper with in order to fit the rocksteady mold. Some were created at their headquarters in Queens with Dan on the mic, some were elaborations on older ideas, others were brand new creations made at the finish line.
Thanks to the vocal stems they had captured in this golden period, Dan Kleinʼs other-worldly voice lived on, giving the Frightnrs all the raw material they needed for an entire album of new, original music. With that, the Frightnrs and Axelrod returned to the studio and painstakingly conceptualized, tracked, re-tracked, and mixed them into a new body of work with their beloved friend singing lead. The fruits of this arduous process lay bare the undying love and respect between musical brothers.
The last song written for the album, "Why Does It Feel Like A Curse," married two song concepts with one of Dan's original vocal performances, creating a beautiful, flawless composition that not only serves as a highlight reel of their editing skills and songwriting prowess, but also as a kind of metaphor for the Frightnrs' journey. It’s the perfect ending for Always.