|Labels||RCM Music, United For Opportunity, Faction Records, Sparks Music|
|Members||Joseph O'Leary |
|Past members||Eibhlín O'Gorman |
Fred were a five-piece Irish Indie band from Cork. They released four albums, the last of which, Leaving My Empire, was released in 2011.
The Fred EP was released in 2000. A debut album, Can't Stop, I'm Being Timed was released in 2002. The single "October", released in 2004, was taken from their second album. Two follow-up singles taken from the album were released in 2005: "Summer's Coming" and "Four Chords and the Truth".
Fred released their second album, Making Music So You Don't Have To independently, debuting it to a sold-out Cork Opera House in 2005. It peaked at No. 70 in the Irish Albums Chart, spending one week there. The single "Good One" (which eventually appeared on their third album) was released in June 2007 and gained huge support from both national and international radio stations.
Fred's third album, Go God Go was released in Ireland on R.C.M Music the band's own label and distributed via Faction Records on 30 May 2008 and via United For Opportunity in the U.S. in 2009. The album was recorded in Love Tap Studios in Ireland and mixed by Mark Wallis in London. It spent a total of two weeks on the Ireland Albums Top 75, climbing as far as No. 30 in the Irish Albums Chart. The singles, "Skyscrapers" (released 16 May 2008) and "Running" (released 8 August 2008) received a significant amount of airplay on national radio during the summer of 2008. A third single from the album, "The Lights" was released in Ireland on 14 November 2008. Fred performed at a number of Irish festivals including Electric Picnic 2008 and Hard Working Class Heroes. They played their debut show in Canada at NXNE in June 2008 and played at Pop Montreal and the Halifax Pop Explosion to support their Go God Go's album's release in Canada in October.
On 20 January 2009, it was reported that thousands of euro worth of equipment owned by the band had been stolen from their van parked across from Anglesea Garda Station in Cork, just as the band were to begin a North American tour. The missing gear was recovered within 48 hours. The following week, Fred appeared on The Cafe on 30 January 2009, where reference was made to the incident and it was explained that the "amateur" thieves had attempted to pawn the instruments off only to be foiled by leaving their addresses in the shop. The band played their single "Good One" on Tubridy Tonight on 21 March 2009.
Fred's music has been used by the BBC amongst others as theme music for television shows. The single "Skyscrapers" was awarded iTunes Canada's influential "Single of the Week" accolade in October 2008. In January 2009, the band were nominated in the "Hope for 2009" category at the Meteor Music Awards. They have performed at festivals such as Oxegen, Electric Picnic and Hard Working Class Heroes.
Fred were the first band to perform at the renovated Thomond Park in Limerick. They played three singles, "Running", "Skyscrapers" and "Good One" before Munster played Ospreys in the quarter-final of the Heineken Cup on 12 April 2009. Fred's performance at the Cork Midsummer Festival's spiegeltent on 15 June 2009 was named as "Gig of the Week" by The Irish Times. Fred's early Saturday performance on the Green Spheres stage in front of a large crowd at Oxegen 2009 was described as "everything that a festival band should be–fun, energetic and visibly having a superb time". The band's song "Damn You Hollywood" was used in an episode of the US TV series Gossip Girl (Season 3, Episode 8 - The Grandfather: Part II
On 11 April 2011 the band streamed their new album Leaving My Empire on SoundCloud. The album, released in Ireland on Friday, 15 April 2011, went straight into the Irish Album charts at No. 23, and The Indie charts at No. 10. The Irish national press received the record with High praise with State Magazine calling it "A burst of Technicolor glory", Irish Independent describing it as "Sprawling, ambitious and intoxicating", Heineken Music calling it "A joy to behold", and Hot press stating the album "has seen them ascend to a new level of brilliance". In August 2011 'We are the city now' was used in a national Canadian commercial for TBooth Wireless.
On 21 March 2012, 'Leaving My Empire' was released in Canada on Sparks Music. Fred performed during the week of its release at 'Canadian Music Week' in Toronto. They appeared on Canada AM on 21 March, and on 24 March they appeared on CBC's 'Q' with Jian Ghomeshi.
Fred announced their break up in November 2013, and made a final tour of Ireland.
|Year||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|2002||Can't Stop, I'm Being Timed
|2005||Making Music So You Don't Have To
|2008||Go God Go
|2011||Leaving My Empire
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.|
|2004||"October"||–||Making Music So You Don't Have To|
|2005||"Four Chords And The Truth"||–|
|2008||"Skyscraper"||–||Go God Go|
|2010||"Trial By Fire"||–||Leaving My Empire|
|2011||"If Not Now When"||TBR|
|"—" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.|
In January 2009, the band were nominated in the Hope for 2009 category at the Meteor Music Awards. They lost to Wallis Bird at the ceremony on 17 March 2009.
|Year||Nominee / work||Award||Result|
|2009||Fred||Meteor Music Award – Hope for 2009||Nominated|
There was no room in the tent on Monday night, when Cork band Fred played to a capacity audience in the Cork Midsummer Festival's spiegeltent. The band stayed calm, the crowd went wild, and everybody went home happy. The Midsummer Festival runs until June 28th. Still to come are performances from Camille O'Sullivan, David Holmes and Sol Pico, as well as the participatory Dance Marathon.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)