They’re young, but they’re serious. The Frights, who have been enjoying a consistent buzz for the past year after signing to indie powerhouse label Dangerbird Records, will join FIDLAR and SWMRS for the Too Much Tour. It will take them across the country starting Oct. 28 at Observatory North Park.
Before those fall shenanigans though, they’re headlining their own summer tour that kicks off July 19 at the Rebel Lounge in Phoenix. Summer in Phoenix? Talk about frights.
The band may not have boarded the capital letter or missing vowel band name bandwagon like their tour companions, but that’s because they’re old fashioned. No frills, no fuss -- the Frights are dedicated “to dialing up rock's past [and they’re] startlingly great at kicking out the garagey jams,” according to Amoeba Music.
Despite being in their very early 20s, the Frights are level headed about their music and their success. They stay true to their fans and to their hometown.
“I prefer venues where people feel comfortable going to. I hate playing bars. There’s a weird vibe playing bars unless you’re hammered. SOMA and all-ages venues are awesome, because a lot of our fans are younger,” said Mike Carnavale, guitarist and vocalist for the Frights.
The Frights played their first show in San Diego as a joke and were signed by a label that night. According to Carnavale, they wouldn’t be where they’re at without San Diego.
“We’re totally surprised. I’m surprised we lasted more than a week,” he said.
Music. Community. Culture.
Based on their performances, it’s easy to see why they did last more than a week:
The Frights debut album, “You Are Going to Hate This,” was released Feb. 12 on Dangerbird Records, and it’s rather misleadingly titled. I can guarantee you, whatever the Frights do next, you’re not going to hate it.
Tickets for the Too Much Tour are available for purchase here.
Rutger Rosenborg was a Stanford neuroscientist before he formed Ed Ghost Tucker. He now plays in the Lulls and makes music on his own when he's not writing. Follow his updates on Facebook or contact him directly.