Posted October 6, 2006 by Mike Mineo in Features

The Frauds


The Frauds are four friends based out of Baltimore with a passion for clear cut, guitar-driven, rock n’ roll. Containing traditional influences such as The Who and The Beatles, they incorporate classic rock with the alternative heroes of the 90s, such as Teenage Fanclub and The Lemonheads. The formation of The Frauds is a foreign cause, as members EJ Emerson and Rick Bowman met at the age of 16 while adventuring in Russia. They found similar music tastes and after heading back to Baltimore, they formed The Frauds with EJ’s brother, Eric. The initial project then dissolved for two years, while Bowman was the drummer The Put-Outs. After touring and leaving The Put-Outs, Bowman decided to call the Emerson brothers and start a band, which would eventually become The Frauds. They added guitarist Brice Hickey shortly thereafter, releasing their self-titled debut album in April.

The Frauds’ simplistic yet catchy three-chord approach in ‘The Church of Seduction’ and ‘Believe What I’ve Found’ may initially appear hesitant, but both slide into great choruses that show their upstanding Teenage Fanclub influence. ‘She’ll Never Tell’ takes a more classic folk approach, though simplicity is still shown in the melody. Upon first listen, I found myself to be dismissing the originality of the band (especially with the repetitive intro to ‘The Church of Seduction’), but each new listen finds previously hidden elements to the songs which make the structures more enjoyable and fulfilling. Their self-titled debut contains several great songs in the specification of modern and straightforward American rock n’ roll.

The Frauds – The Church of Seduction



The Frauds – Believe What I’ve Found



The Frauds – She’ll Never Tell



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Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine. Send your music to [email protected].