Fret!

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Fret! Short Info

Starting life as a solo psych-drone project by Steve Strode (twang) in 2011, FRET! became a trio in early 2012 with the arrival of Rob Woodcock (flails) and Cath Tyler (thrum / vox) for their debut live show at the Distraction Records 10th Anniversary festival. The expansion of the band also saw a change in sound: the long psych-drone improv workouts were now crafted into shorter, faster, choppier pieces albeit still with a dark burning intensity at its core.

Since then, Fret! have gigged regularly, crafting their sound through live performances that have seen them share stages with MIKE WATT, DEATHFIX, WE CAME OUT LIKE TIGERS, WORKIN MAN NOISE UNIT, THE BISMARCK, THE UNIT AMA, SLY & THE FAMILY DRONE and RICHARD DAWSON, to name a few.

A handful of CDrs had been the recorded output, until their debut outing on vinyl in 2014, with the critically acclaimed "Attune / Cowboy" 7". Byron Coley of The Wire described it as "One side's a thunder-rock instrumental with Dead Moon overtones. The flip is an amazing amalgam of hard-rock and extended folk mouth action". A 12" EP is currently in production for early 2016.

Hard to pigeon-hole or generalise, the FRET! ‘sound’ is possibly best described as being that of “three ‘Heart Of Darkness’ fuzz-monsters riding a tidal wave up the River Tyne to provide a soundtrack to a Mexican bar-brawl”. We’ll leave it to you to decide how accurate that is.

Starting life as a solo psych-drone project by Steve Strode (twang) in 2011, FRET! became a trio in early 2012 with the arrival of Rob Woodcock (flails) and Cath Tyler (thrum / vox) for their debut live show at the Distraction Records 10th Anniversary festival. The expansion of the band also saw a change in sound: the long psych-drone improv workouts were now crafted into shorter, faster, choppier pieces albeit still with a dark burning intensity at its core.

Since then, Fret! have gigged regularly, crafting their sound through live performances that have seen them share stages with MIKE WATT, DEATHFIX, WE CAME OUT LIKE TIGERS, WORKIN MA...

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Past Gigs Fret!

  • 10 | 2016 LEEDS Chunk
  • 10 | 2016 EDINBURGH Opium Bar
  • 08 | 2016 Newcastle upon Tyne The Globe
  • 07 | 2016 Newcastle upon Tyne The Cluny
  • 06 | 2016 Newcastle upon Tyne The Northumberland Arms
  • 06 | 2016 Newcastle upon Tyne The Head Of Steam
  • 06 | 2016 Newcastle upon Tyne The Northumberland Arms
  • 05 | 2016 Newcastle upon Tyne The Northumberland Arms
  • 04 | 2016 Glasgow Mono Cafe Bar
  • 04 | 2016 London New River Studios
  • 04 | 2016 Blackpool Other Worlds Festival
  • 02 | 2016 Newcastle upon Tyne The Cluny
  • 12 | 2015 Gateshead The Soundroom
  • 11 | 2015 Newcastle upon Tyne The Northumberland Arms
  • 11 | 2015 Newcastle upon Tyne The Tyne Bar
  • 10 | 2015 Bristol Cafe Kino
  • 10 | 2015 Oxford The Wheatsheaf
  • 10 | 2015 Reading South Street Arts Centre
  • 08 | 2015 Preston The Continental
  • 07 | 2015 Ashington Woodhorn Lane Festival
  • 06 | 2015 Newcastle upon Tyne Northumberland Arms
  • 05 | 2015 Leeds The Packhorse
  • 05 | 2015 Newcastle upon Tyne Jazz Co-Op
  • 04 | 2015 Blyth Roxbury
  • 02 | 2015 Newcastle upon Tyne The Cluny 2
  • 12 | 2014 Newcastle upon Tyne Mining Institute
  • 08 | 2014 Newcastle upon Tyne The Cluny 2
  • 06 | 2014 Gateshead The Central Bar
  • 03 | 2014 Newcastle upon Tyne The Head Of Steam
  • 03 | 2014 Gateshead The Central Bar
  • 02 | 2014 Gateshead The Black Bull
  • 02 | 2014 Gateshead The Soundroom
  • 11 | 2013 Newcastle upon Tyne The Cluny
  • 09 | 2013 Newcastle upon Tyne Heartattack & Vine
  • 07 | 2013 Newcastle upon Tyne The Cumberland Arms
  • 05 | 2013 Newcastle upon Tyne The Tyne Bar
  • 05 | 2013 Newcastle upon Tyne Morden Tower
  • 03 | 2013 Newcastle upon Tyne The Cluny
  • 12 | 2012 Newcastle upon Tyne Morden Tower
  • 11 | 2012 Newcastle upon Tyne Morden Tower
  • 10 | 2012 Newcastle upon Tyne The Northumberland Arms
  • 09 | 2012 Newcastle upon Tyne The Northumberland Arms
  • 09 | 2012 London The Urban Bar
  • 07 | 2012 Newcastle upon Tyne The Northumberland Arms
  • 04 | 2012 Newcastle upon Tyne Distraction Records 10th Anniversary Festival

Discography Fret!

  • 2016 Killing Nico EP | Cruel Nature
  • 2015 Killing Susan EP | Cruel Nature
  • 2014 Attune / Cowboy Single | Cruel Nature

Media

  • Sound Attune
  • Media Killing Nico
  • Sound Cowboy
  • Media Punch
  • Sound Loop
  • Sound Tired
  • Sound Jim
  • Video Fret! - Killing Susan
  • Video New River Studios London 09...
  • Video Fret! - Live at Distraction...

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Origin

  • Newcastle upon Tyne GB

Founded

  • 2012

Members

  • Steve Strode twang
  • Cath Tyler thrum / la
  • Rob Woodcock flails