The Frights - Credit Screen from Crust Bucket video directed by Richard Dotson

San Diego based The Frights delivering catchy but aggressive Surf Garage Rock

They Hail from San Diego and describe their music as “a hormonally charged garage-surf-punk mess of driving rhythms and reverb-drenched riffs with 50’s rockabilly references as fresh as the faces of this San Diego band”. The Frights deliver catchy songs the more you listen.

The Frights try to mix elements of surf, classic punk, and doo-wop. This  mixed drink of genres results in a catchy but aggressive sound, and how they self-describe “playfully ridiculous all at once.”

From The Misfits to Buddy Holly

Out of your speakers, this sounds like a collaboration of bands like The Misfits, Dick Dale, Buddy Holly and Joe Liggins. Especially the fifties Rock ‘n Roll and Doo Wop influences are pretty well composed.

In their lyrics, you’ll find themes like love,  and all the desire to have a better life. Like in old 50s cruising Rock ‘n Roll songs you listen in your car on a Sunny day, the Frights let you get a smile out of these songs.

The Frights formed in 2012 as a time-killer project

The Frights were formed in 2012 by lead vocalist/guitarist Mikey Carnevale, bassist Richard Dotson, and drummer Adam Lomnitzer as a simple time-killer project following the trio’s graduation from high school.

The band separated shortly after formation, with all three members attending college, but rejoined in December 2012 to play a one-off show during Christmas break. The intent was to disband once again after this show, but the band was approached by an audience member who offered to sign the band to local label Postmark Records.

Debut album The Frights in 2013

In March 2013, The Frights’ debut EP Dead Beach was released by Postmark. This was followed by their second EP, Fur Sure, in May 2013, and their self-titled debut studio album in October 2013.

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The Frights signed with indie label Dangerbird Records in 2015. 

Photo credit: The Frights – Credit Screen from Crust Bucket video directed by Richard Dotson

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