"A joy to behold" Heineken Music
"Every track on offer is a joy to listen to" Hot Press
"Sprawling, ambitious and intoxicating" Irish Independent
"A burst of Technicolor glory" State.ie
"A Triumph" Swear I'm Not Paul
"A beautiful record" The Sunday Business Post
In an age of internet newness and obsession with the next-big-thing, it’s easy to forget that there’s merit in slow-burn. FRED (the band) has been together, in various line-ups, since 1999 and their experiments with style and sound has directly affected their skill in the craft of song-writing.
In the later part of 2008, FRED released "Go God Go", with its string of indie-poptastic hits ('Skyscrapers', 'Running'. 'The Lights' & 'Good One'). "Go God Go" raised their status from local Irish cult heroes to that of an international act. The band’s live reputation increased on the back of constant touring and festivals both at home and abroad, and gig highlights included performances at the Electric Picnic and Oxegen. In 2009, a Hot Press Reader’s Poll of Top Irish Bands saw the band make the Top 10. FRED were also included as one of the Top 10 albums on iTunes Canada’s year end Indie Spotlight and received Meteor nominations for 'Hope of 09' & 'Best Album'.
"....There's no resisting this stuff unless you're a tone-deaf, stone-hearted, know nothing... , Blissed out, loved-up and goddamn down and out funky, FRED we love you..." NME