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Many of these musicians were/are as talented as members of the Fray (and more artistic, frankly), and yet they never really broke the surface. What made the difference? Aside from the undeniable accessibility of the music, the Fray also benefited from fortuitous timing -- giving rise to complaints from detractors that the group made it without paying the usual dues.
I asked King and Slade about this, too, and they both wrestled with their answers.
"We weren't slugging it out for years and years," King allowed, "but we definitely did what every other local band has done. It just happened a lot quicker for us."
"I can't speak to how people perceive us," Slade said. "It's not my job to defend what we're doing; It's my job to do what we're doing. From my perspective -- which is the only one I can speak of with authority -- it doesn't feel like we snuck in. If people don't like us for who we are, I can accept that. But if people don't like us because we're successful, then that's something they have to deal with themselves. We have been successful in what we've done, but we've not done it by being anything other than who we are."