The Fray's new album, Scars & Stories, due out 2/7/12. Listen to "Heartbeat," the first single

Update (2/7/12): Isaac Slade and Joe King give a track-by-track breakdown of Scars & Stories, the Fray's new album.

The Fray's new Brendan O'Brien-produced album, which frontman Isaac Slade spoke with us about at length this past spring, now officially has a title (Scars & Stories) and a release date (February 7). The first single from the album, recorded along with the rest of the record at Blackbird Studio in Nashville, "Heartbeat," began garnering airplay yesterday locally and across the country. From what we've heard of Scars, the group's third album, it's notably more upbeat and guitar-driven than the band's past work. Page down to hear the new song.

"The choruses feel like choruses," Slade revealed of the new album when we last spoke with him. "Sometimes the choruses are just, like, higher verses [laughs]. I think we figured out a few choruses on this one."

Related links:

- The Fray treats fan in San Jose to an unexpected pizza party/performance in her living room

- Interview: Isaac Slade on the Fray's new album, working with Brendan O'Brien and opening for U2

- Issac Slade of the Fray talks about what it was like to open for U2, plus video of a few new songs

- The Fray films video for "Heartbeat," the first single from its new album, Scars and Stories

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