Fraze Gang

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COUNTRY: Canada

STYLE: Melodic Hard Rock/AOR

PROFILE: Fraze Gang’s roots go back 30 years, when vocalist/ guitarist Greg Fraser and bassist Stevie Skreebs launched Brighton Rock; a popular draw on the hair band scene in Canada through the late 80s and into the 90s. The band split up in 1991, but Fraser and Skreebs were anything but idle; saving their energy until the time felt right to unleash some new music. Recruiting drummer Phil Epp, the trio laid down 13 tracks for what would become Fraze Gang’s self-titled debut in 2008 on Bongo Beat. And while it didn’t break the bank, the 13 song arena rock record established Fraze Gang as a full-on no-nonsense band with old school 80s values.

Fraze Gang 2 is a follow-up that’s considerably heavier than what some people are expecting. From the Judas Priest-flavoured opener Saint Or Sinner to the brazen Brighton Rock-ishness of White Lightning to the AC/DC vibe of Tough Enough, the album is a both a nostalgic trip and a bold reminder of what real rock is all about.

Fraze Gang’s grittier attitude is due in part to the addition of guitarist Derek McGowan as a full time band member. Initially conscripted to fill out the band’s sound for live gigs, McGowan was brought on board full time to bring the same energy and clout to the band’s studio work. The results are readily apparent on Fraze Gang 2 from the first track in

“Having that second guitar in the studio gives the songs more of that live feel compared to if it was me doing all the guitar parts on my own,” Greg agrees.

An additional bullet in Fraze Gang’s belt is having producer Beau Hill behind the mixing desk for the new album. Known for his extensive work with 80s artists such as Ratt, Kix, Europe and Winger, Hill is a perfect match for what Fraze Gang were trying to accomplish. The fact that he’s known for wanting to help up-and-coming artists rather than just restricting his services to million-selling signed acts is the icing on the cake.

ALBUMS
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– Fraze Gang [2006]
– Fraze Gang 2 [2012]

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